"This study demonstrates that CRFA is an effective long-term therapeutic option for managing pain, and improving physical function and quality of life, for patients suffering from painful knee osteoarthritis when compared with intra-articular steroid injection," stated the researchers, led by Leonardo Kapural, MD, PhD, of the Center for Clinical Research, Winston-Salem, NC, and colleagues. They noted that pain may return as the treated nerve regenerates, and if it does then repeating the CRFA procedure is a "reasonable and sensible" option.
Using Medicare fee-for-service claims data for 2010 to 2014, researchers examined hospitalization for pneumonia/sepsis serious infection events (SIEs), MI, and CHD.2 They analyzed data from 17,433 patients eligible for the SIE and 16,796 patients eligible for the MI/CHD analyses. In all, 452 SIE events, 132 MIs, and 181 CHD events occurred during 16,424 person-years of follow-up.
"Higher disease activity as measured by a panel of biomarkers was associated with higher rates of hospitalized infections, MI and CHD events. These findings add to the growing body of evidence that further strengthens the argument to strive for lower disease activity in RA," state the researchers, led by Jeffrey R. Curtis, MD, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of 314 adults with early gout randomized patients to receive once-daily febuxostat 40 mg (increased to 80 mg if the serum uric acid [UA] level was ≥ 6.0 mg/dL on day 14) or placebo.3
"Current clinical practice guidelines do not recommend routine use of urate-lowering therapy for people after the first gout flare. This study indicates that even for people who have had only 1 or 2 prior gout flares, urate-lowering therapy to reduce serum urate below 6 mg/dL may have benefit in reducing future flares," said lead author Nicola Dalbeth, MD, of the University of Auckland, New Zealand.