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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatology Apps Not Ready for Prime Time. But ....

Experts and critics say the mobile apps designed for rheumatologists and their patients aren't good enough yet to be clinically useful. But there are reasons why you may have to learn about them anyway ...

Rheumatoid Arthritis

There's good reason why it's difficult to "catch" rheumatoid arthritis early enough to assure remission. Patients with early symptoms seek care only when they sense a threat. (Can this be solved?)

Rheumatology tests top the list of FDA-approved biomarker panels today. But the most prominent of these has fallen from favor, and rheumatology doesn't even rate a mention in the Precision Medicine Initiative.

medication risks

When it comes to discussing medication risks, a new study shows, rheumatologists and their patients are speaking different languages. The article reveals how doctors may be sending messages they don't intend.

retinopathy

About half of patients taking hydroxychloroquine, which is used for lupus and rheuamtoid arthritis, aren't tested in time for its blinding effects on the retina, says a review. There are simple ways to use the drug safely.

Articles in two different internal medicine journals last week discussed when and how to use opioids for rheumatologic pain, despite their hazards and limitations.

The JAK1 and JAK2 inhibitor baricitinib has shown significant results in a second Phase 3 trial for rheumatoid arthritis.

prior authorization

Prior authorizations have begun to spread pandemic-like from high-cost biologics to treatments used routinely in rheumatology. The time burden on rheumatologists is insupportable, contends the author, who says it's time to take action.

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