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Rheumatic Diseases

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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Rheumatic Diseases

A new guidance document from the FDA attempts to define in detail when two monoclonal antibodies are the same. It says it will not use this definition for biosimilars, but only for "orphan drugs."

British rheumatology experts have proposed guidelines for managing adults with ANCA-associated vasculitides (AAVs) -- granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA), eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis, and microscopic polyangiitis.

(ACR Pediatrics 2014) Children growing into young adults with rheumatic diseases often fail to get the care they need, for numerous complicated reasons. The ACA could change all this, with implications for adult rheumatologists. Here, a brief look at the situation and some solutions.

Septic arthritis or Pott disease? Ankylosing spondylitis, degenerative arthritis, or neither? The most common sites for spinal epidural abscess? Test yourself in an 8-part quiz.

(ACR Pediatrics 2014) Large research partnerships are proving key to conquering childhood rheumatic diseases like juvenile idiopathic arthritis. To continue the advance, however, larger mergers and newer kinds of data are required.

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.

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.

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