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Osteoarthritis

As your colleagues in joint surgery gathered in New Orleans last week for their annual meeting, Rheumatology Network was watching for news of special interest to you and your patients. See what we found:

How Gender, Age, Bone Strength Predict TKA Failures

The Telltale Signs of Acute Rheumatic Fever

Other Measures Outrace DASH in Assessing Hand Disability

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Osteoarthritis

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.

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.

In a small placebo-controlled trial, methotrexate significantly improved pain and other symptoms of knee osteoarthritis and predictably modest adverse effects.

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

(AAOS 2014) A prospective registry study in the UK shows that for patients with all but the most severe knee OA, the most important gains from knee replacement surgery will be in pain rather than in physical function.

(AAOS 2014) Older women with comorbidities are at greatest risk for revision surgery after total knee arthroplasty, a nationwide study shows. Another large analysis shows an interesting quirk about the role of osteoporosis: Bisphosphonates help, but only in some circumstances.

(AAOS2014): To clinical, demographic, and mental-health factors that predict a good outcome from total knee arthroplasty, add one simple independent factor: The patient's determination to reach full function, and confidence in doing so.

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