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FDA Warns of Neurological Risks With Epidural Steroids
The FDA has issued a safety alert warning that epidural corticosteroid injections may rarely cause serious neurological adverse events including loss of vision, stroke or paralysis, or may be fatal.
Why Half of Gout Patients Don't Take Their Meds
Medication adherence among gout patients is poorer than for many other chronic conditions. Authors of a systematic review point to some probable explanations.
Are Dairies Really Source for the New DMOAD?
An observational study finds that regularly drinking low-fat milk slows joint narrowing in arthritic knees. Needs confirmation, but the prospective remedy is harmless and promising.
Annals Reviews Best Rheumatology Evidence of 2013
The best news for rheumatologists from last year, in this review, involved osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis -- including a good way to assess cardiovascular risk in RA.
RTX-Resistant Cryoglobulinemia with Glaucoma and Skin Ulcers
A case study in a dermatology journal discusses a stubborn case of cryoglobulinemia with unusual involvement of the iris. Rituxan resistance is increasing in this condition.
Methotrexate Eases Pain, Synovitis in Knee OA
In a small placebo-controlled trial, methotrexate significantly improved pain and other symptoms of knee osteoarthritis and predictably modest adverse effects.
A Dim View of the Brave New World for JIA
(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.