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Tech Tips Series #2: Reading and Storing Journal Articles Online

What would you call it: A barrage or a flood? No question that you're inundated by clinical information online. In the second part of his series on managing the problem, Suleman Bhana MD walks you through two apps for sorting and saving the articles you actually need to read.

Osteoarthritis

Prompt action by Alabama rheumatologists has caused Blue Cross Blue Shield to rethink a policy denying all claims for injections into knees with osteoarthritis. But a similar "ban" on hyaluronic acid in neighboring Florida takes effect today.

A second biomarker panel shows promise in distinguishing osteoarthritis from rheumatoid arthritis early enough to prevent joint damage. This one relies partly on lack of antibody response to citrullinated proteins in early osteoarthritis.

(AAOS2015) Evidence from large insurance databases shows that knee replacement often quickly follows arthroscopy or injections. It would make (economic and clinical) sense to go straight to surgery, the researchers contend.

(AAOS2015) Total knee replacements appear successful for the relatively young and active as well as for those over 90. For people with the most preoperative pain, however, they may not help at all.

(AAOS2015) The first study to assess the effect of steroid injections on the hip joint suggests that they may hasten joint degeneration, but the co-injected local anesthetic is also suspect.

Pfizer and Lilly will resume development of the anti-nerve growth factor monoclonal antibody tanezumab for osteoarthritis pain, after the FDA lifted its ban imposed due to adverse effects in animal trials.

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