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Clues to Cryoglobulinemia: A Four-Part Quiz

These disorders of cold-induced immunoglobulin deposition are the prototypes of complex diagnosis. Only the labs will be definitive, but you need to have the presenting symptom patterns down cold in the first place. Are you up to the challenge?

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People who have rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis or lupus are at increased risk for shingles. Studies suggest that treatment for the rheumatic condition may be a factor in certain circumstances.

Polymyositis and dermatomyositis appear to be triggered by the response of certain receptors to danger signals from damaged cells. This offers a new avenue for treatments now in testing.

Backed by 6 drug firms and 4 foundations, the National Institutes of Health has created a large network of top researchers charged wtih collaborating to comprehend lupus and rheumatoid arthritis at the cellular and molecular level.

Neurological symptoms may be the presenting feature in lupus, sarcoidosis, vasculitis, and other rheumatic diseases, notes this review. Treatment may also cause neurological side effects including demyelination, tremor, and psychosis.

Rheumatologists can play a key role in management of the many subtypes of cryoglobulinemia by recognizing the chief symptoms. Challenge your knowledge in this brief quiz, then read a review by experts.

Reanalyzing randomized trials by different methods, including one about scleroderma and another involving fibrositis, has changed their conclusions. The authors of this analysis argue for more openness when reporting trial data.

A reviewer examines whether new hepatitis C treatments are cost-effective, shortly after the approval of several new options.

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