As coronavirus moves its way across the country, Dr. Kim Gorgens, a psychologist with more than 20 years of experience, recommends that rheumatologists proactively reach out to their patients to address concerns that may lead to stress and ill-advised changes in treatment regimens, such as stopping treatments without consulting a physician.
Early rheumatoid arthritis is, in part, defined as having symptoms for at least six months. Beyond six months, it's considered established rheumatoid arthritis. But diagnosing early rheumatoid arthritis is not that straightforward. Serologic tests can confirm a clinical diagnosis, but these tests aren't always reliable and can be negative in about 50 percent of rheumatoid arthritis cases. In this quiz, we focus on the diagnosis and treatment of early rheumatiod arthritis.
What is the connection (if any) between coronavirus and autoimmune diseases? In this slideshow, we feature some points of view from rheumatology experts in the field, including Dr. Jean Liew of the University in Washington, Seattle, who told CreakyJoints that patients with inflammatory arthritis are probably more susceptible to the coronavirus and are at higher risk of complications like pneumonia.
Most women with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases will have successful pregnancies with the aid of medical planning, treatment and monitoring. These can be high risk pregnancies for both mother and child. The American College of Rheumatology recently issued treatment guidelines for the management of reproductive health in patients with rheumatic or musculoskeletal disease. Here are takeaways from the guidelines.
In this week's news roundup, we focus on skin cancer rates associated with methotrexate use, skin cancer in psoriasis cases and fatigue associated with arthritis.
Visceral fat appears to be associated with an increased risk of musculoskeletal and widespread pain, according to researchers writing this week in Arthritis and Rheumatology. Plus, a small study shows promise in a new treatment for a rare form of pediatric lupus. This and more news in today's rheumatology news roundup.
The therapeutic management of rheumatoid arthritis has changed over the past 30 years, yet, comorbidities persist. In this quiz, we focus on findings from a new study that examines trends in clinical and patient-reported outcomes for early RA.
In this slideshow we highlight some key facts about the use of supplements to prevent fracture in women and men over the age of 50. Existing treatment guildelines recommend a combination approach with vitamin D and calcium, but some clinical trials are not entirely in agreement. Learn more in this slideshow.
Disease activity measures still don’t appear to be entirely aligned with patient perceptions of pain and disease activity, shows a study featured in today’s news roundup. Researchers writing in Rheumatology say that condition improvements seen in objective measures of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) disease activity over the past three decades, do not match improvements in patient reported outcomes such as mental health, functional disability, overall disease activity, pain and vitality/fatigue. Learn more about this and other recently published studies on rheumatoid arthritis.
In this month's rheumatoid arthritis quiz, we focus on tests used to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis as there are plenty. In this quiz, we focus on the most commonly ordered tests used to evaluate a patient who may have rheumatoid arthritis.