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Hardening of the skin in systemic sclerosis impairs patients' ability to care for their own teeth properly. As a result, this study suggests, dental issues may be prognostic indicators.

Key features in the clinical examination of interstitial lung diseases and their management are the focus of a new clinical review. Highlights here.

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One very targeted clue to treatment failure: An observational study from Israel identifies Sephardic Jews as more likely than Ashkenazim to form antibodies against the biologic drug infliximab.

The biologic adalimumab improves pain and physical function in a randomized trial of patients with peripheral spondyloarthritis unable to take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

A meta-analysis involving more than 40,000 patients finds that biologics have a 30% increased infection risk compared to DMARDs, which is greatest for patients who have also used methotrexate.

A new app-based registry focusing on rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis aims to use patient-generated data to resolve important unanswered clinical questions. Its rheumatologist sponsor urges you to encourage patients to join up.

A systematic review finds the technique highly sensitive and specific in diagnosing giant cell arteritis, especially useful when biopsy results are equivocal.

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