Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

(ACR2014) In a large prospective study, rheumatoid arthritis patients younger and healthier at baseline were more likely to achieve six-month remission. Choice of drug regimen was also an important factor.

(ACR2014) Our rheumatologist correspondent found three issues of particular interest: a biomarker test that has gone quickly to market, new diagnostic criteria for gout, and the potential of ultrasound for Sjögren syndrome.

(ACR2014) A test for 14-3-3-eta, a joint-derived protein that contributes to erosion, proves a powerful aid to diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, and may also predict response to treatment.

(ACR2014) To this rheumatologist in attendance, the early announcement of changes to rheumatoid arthritis guidelines -- and some of the changes themselves -- were the big surprise of the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting.

(ACR 2014) The American College of Rheumatology’s 2015 draft recommendations for managing rheumatoid arthritis include not only new agents but also tried-and-true therapies within the context of treat-to-target.

Patients with early active rheumatoid arthritis fare better on a methotrexate and etanercept combination than on methotrexate alone.

(ACR2014) What looks good at the forthcoming annual meeting of the ACR? One rheumatologist offers his expectations for useful revelations, if not clinical revolutions, in the coming week.


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