Clinical News

Low-dose Methotrexate May Lower Comorbidity Risk in Rheumatic Disease

July 07, 2020

Patients with rheumatic disease are at higher risk for skin cancer, gastrointestinal infectious, pulmonary disease, and hematologic conditions. A new study finds that taking low-dose methotrexate may lower the risk of developing these conditions.

Pneumonia Mortality Risk Increases with High RA Disease Activity

July 07, 2020

Rheumatoid arthritis is not associated with an increased risk of death in patients hospitalized for pneumonia, unless it is uncontrolled, shows a new study.

Heart Disease Often Missed in Rheumatoid Arthritis

July 07, 2020

Rheumatoid arthritis patients have nearly a double risk of atherosclerotic CVD, stroke, heart failure and atrial fibrillation, but they receive poorer primary and secondary preventive care than other high-risk patients. Learn more in this summary of a review published in Nature Reviews Rheumatology.

Q&A: Chronic Chikungunya Arthritis vs. Rheumatoid Arthritis

July 07, 2020

The mosquito-borne chikungunya virus can lead to symptoms of arthritis that are similar to rheumatoid arthritis. In this Q&A, we speak with the an expert who recently published a review article focusing on the commonalities between the two conditions.

Doctor Visits, Complex Cases and Good Outcomes

July 01, 2020

All good relationships are built on solid foundations, including the doctor-patient relationship. In this interview with Dr. Candace Feldman, M.D., MPH, ScD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, we explore factors that may impinge good outcomes for lupus patients.

RA Quiz: Measures of Mortality

July 01, 2020

Rheumatoid arthritis is not a life threatening condition per se, but it can have a dramatic impact on life expectancy. As a chronic systemic inflammatory condition, rheumatoid arthritis increases the risk of a number of other leading causes of death. Are you familiar with mortality risk in RA? Take this quiz.

Vaccinate in Pediatric Rheumatology, but Pass on COVID-19 Antibody Test

June 30, 2020

In a guidance recently issued for pediatric rheumatic disease patients, the American College of Rheumatology stresses the importance of continuing vaccinations, but forgoing antibody testing for COVID-19--at least for now.

Goldilocks: Promoting Collaborative Decision-Making

June 30, 2020

There are three traditional models of physician-patient decision-making. In rheumatology, patients overwhelmingly prefer a collaborative approach. In today's column, we review the decision-making process in the doctor's office.

Rheumatology News Roundup: Mobile Apps in Healthcare Research

June 26, 2020

In today's news roundup, we feature a discussion with Ben Nowell, Ph.D., director of Patient Centered Research for the Global Healthy Living Foundation, which five years ago launched ArthritisPower, a mobile app used in healthcare research. Learn more in this interview.

4 Recommendations for Treating Fatigue in RA

June 25, 2020

There are many treatments and strategies to address fatigue in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, but no one approach works for all patients. In this slideshow, we highlight key takeaways from a recent review that highlights key strategies for treating fatigue in RA.