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Juvenile Arthritis

(ACR Pediatrics 2014) Large research partnerships are proving key to conquering childhood rheumatic diseases like juvenile idiopathic arthritis. To continue the advance, however, larger mergers and newer kinds of data are required.

(ACR Pediatrics 2014) New biologics have revolutionized care for children with juvenile arthritis in recent years. But a pediatric rheumatologist says this progress isn't nearly good enough, urging a much tougher agenda.

(ACR Pediatrics 2014) More links between the gut and arthritis: Children with spondyloarthritis have different enteric bacteria than healthy kids, adding to a growing body of evidence linking microbes to autoimmune disorders.

Soumya Raychaudhuri MD

(ACR Pediatrics 2014) How will the hundreds of new genetic biomarkers being found in rheumatology help us to untangle the web of complex diseases? In a brief podcast, a specialist in both rheumatology and genetics discusses recent and future progress.

(ACR Pediatrics 2014) Pattern-sorting analysis similar to Google ad technology has identified clusters of disease measures in records of children with rheumatic disease that appear more useful than current criteria sets.

ACR and EULAR are soliciting proposals for collaborative projects to update classification and response criteria for a number of high-priority rheumatologic conditions.

How should rheumatologists respond to demands for medical marijuana, either from legislatures or directly from patients? Here from a knowledgeable source are 8 reasons (and more) why the medical and scientific evidence weighs heavily against it, especially in rheumatology.

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