Author | Miriam Tucker

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New Data Demonstrates Link Between Gout and Cardiovascular Disease

December 20, 2019

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Monosodium urate (MSU) deposits detected by dual-energy computed tomography (DECT) are common in patients with gout and are associated with higher coronary calcium scores, researchers recently reported in JAMA Cardiology.

Sprifermin Improves Cartilage Thickness, but Clinical Benefit Uncertain

December 11, 2019

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Intra-articular administration of sprifermin statistically increases total femorotibial joint cartilage thickness in individuals with symptomatic radiographic knee osteoarthritis, but the clinical importance and duration of the effect are uncertain, say researchers writing recently in JAMA.

Interleukin Inhibitors May Raise Infection, Cancer Risks

December 11, 2019

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Among the most noteworthy in 2019:  Treatment of rheumatologic diseases with interleukin inhibitors may raise patients’ risks for serious and opportunistic infections and possibly also cancer, researchers reported in JAMA Network Open in October.

High Rates of Inappropriate Opioid Use Found in SLE

November 20, 2019

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A large proportion of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have been inappropriately prescribed opioids, researchers reported recently in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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