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The Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine Vol 28 No 9

MRI Techniques Can Detect Early Osteoarthritis

September 06, 2011

Advanced MRI techniques may be used to detect subtle changes in joint cartilage microstructure, providing physicians with a diagnostic tool for finding key markers of early osteoarthritis (OA), according to researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center’s departments of orthopedic surgery and radiology.

Pain Intensity and Location May Predict Chronic Low Back Pain

September 06, 2011

Pain intensity ratings, pain location, and sensory and affective variables differ among patients who have acute low back pain (LBP) and those with chronic LBP, according to research reported in The Journal of Pain, the official journal of the American Pain Society (APS).

Vitamin D Insufficiency Prevalent With Psoriatic Arthritis

September 06, 2011

The prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency is high in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA), according to research findings reported in Arthritis Care & Research, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology.

Higher Gout Prevalence With Growth in Obesity and Hypertension

September 06, 2011

The prevalence of gout in the United States has risen over the past 20 years and now affects 8.3 million Americans, or 4% of the population, according to a study reported in a recent issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism, an American College of Rheumatology (ACR) publication.

Managing Calcium Extravasation–Related Injuries

September 02, 2011

Extravasation of calcium solutions may result in subcutaneous calcinosis, also known as calcinosis cutis. A patient had rhabdomyolysis followed by acute renal failure and received calcium supplementation for hypocalcemia.

Abdominal Pain, Vomiting, and Nausea in a 17-Year-Old Patient

September 01, 2011

A 17-year-old boy presented with a 3-day history of left upper quadrant abdominal pain; intermittent pain radiated to the right side. The patient complained of nonbilious vomiting and nausea and reported subjective fever. He also had a decreased appetite and up to 10 daily bouts of nonmucoid diarrhea.

RA Characteristics May Contribute to Heart Failure

August 27, 2011

Several characteristics of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are significant determinants of heart failure (HF) in patients with RA beyond traditional cardiovascular risk factors and coronary heart disease (CHD).

Lower-Intensity Physical Activity Boosts Kidney Function

August 26, 2011

Objectively assessed light and total physical activities are positively associated with kidney function in patients in the early stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD); objectively or subjectively assessed moderate to vigorous physical activity is not associated significantly.