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Joint Focus: Spondyloarthritis

For the first time, two societies devoted to spondyloarthropathies have met in joint session. Rheumatology Network was on site to learn the latest from the SPARTAN-GRAPPA conference:
-- Progress toward new PsA criteria ,
-- Impending North American guidelines on spondyloarthropathies, and
-- The growing voice of PsA patients in defining outcomes.

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Topical diclofenac and acetaminophen are the best bets for osteoarthritis pain, concludes a review in Medical Letter. Hyaluronic acid scores a moderately favorable vote.

The background risk of cancer in JIA is at least double that in the general population. But a new review finds that such cases are rare, and not linked solely to biologics used to treat the condition.

Patients with psoriatic arthritis fare much worse on adalimumab (Humira) if antibodies begin to react against the drug.

Separate newly published assessments describe hyaluronic acid injections and debridement after meniscectomy of scant clinical value for longstanding relief of knee pain, whatever small statistical significance may turn up in some studies.

Tumor necrosis factor blockers have a comparatively low infection risk and appear to slow progression in patients with ankylosing spondylitis

The FDA has approved a smaller-particle NSAID formulation that relieves osteoarthritis pain with few adverse effects.

Is methotrexate a good option for knee osteoarthritis? A commentary finds that the study supporting the idea provides good evidence in its favor.

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