Double Costs, Fewer Doctor Visits in Rheumatology

September 08, 2020

Rheumatic disease patients are paying double for out-of-pocket healthcare costs this year as compared to 2019, according to the results of patient survey issued by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR).

COVID-19 Rheumatic Disease News Roundup

September 01, 2020

Rheumatic disease patients have a unique set of concerns when it comes to COVID-19. To date, the evidence suggests, that for patients who have few, if any comorbidities, an infection may not be any worse than those in the general population. Learn more in this news roundup and slideshow.

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.

EULAR 2020 Roundup: Men Get Sjogren's Too

June 09, 2020

In this slideshow, we highlight some presentations from EULAR 2020 we thought would interest you. The list includes a study that shows primary Sjogren’s syndrome affects men as well, and it highlights findings from a study that shows voclosporin was effective in treating lupus neprhitis in Latinas, a group disproportionately affected by the condition. More in this slideshow.

Physician Survey Shows that Salaries are Down

May 26, 2020

The 91st annual Medical Economics physician salary survey shows that physicians in five medical specialties earned less in 2019, than in 2018. Learn more in this slideshow.

The 2020 Treatment Guidelines for Gout

May 19, 2020

The American College of Rheumatology has updated its treatment guidelines for gout. The guideline includes 42 treatment recommendations, of which 16 are  now strongly recommended. They address standard treat-to-target urate lowering therapy, the use of allopurinol and more. In this slideshow, we highlight the 16 strongest recommendations. 

The Side Effects of Osteoporosis Treatments

April 21, 2020

In this slideshow, we highlight new data on side effects associated with osteoporosis treatments. The data show that side effects previously thought of as common, are actually rare. 

Rheumatoid Arthritis News Quiz

April 21, 2020

In this quiz, we highlight new developments in research for rheumatoid arthritis that touch on comorbidities, treatment effectiveness, pregnancy complications and more. Take our quiz here.

Quiz: What RA drugs are under study as possible COVID-19 treatments?

April 08, 2020

The American College of Rheumatology has issued a series of COVID-19 guiding principles for healthcare professionals who treat patients with rheumatic disease. In this quiz, we highlight a few of the key points the organization, and other healthcare experts, have made in recent weeks.

Important Conversations: Anxiety Management and Wellness

March 18, 2020

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.

RA Quiz: Can you identify early rheumatoid arthritis?

March 10, 2020

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.

News Roundup: Coronavirus and Autoimmune Disease

March 06, 2020

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.

20 Key Takeaways From the Rheumatology Pregnancy Guidelines

February 28, 2020

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.

Rheumatology News Roundup: Methotrexate-Skin Cancer Rates

February 21, 2020

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.

The skinny on excess adipose and more in today's news roundup

February 14, 2020

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.

Quiz: Have patient-reported outcomes improved over the years?

February 12, 2020

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.

Fast Facts on Vitamin D, Calcium and Fracture

February 07, 2020

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.

RA Quiz: Which tests are better suited for diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis?

February 05, 2020

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.

RA News Roundup: Patient-Reported Outcomes Still Lag

February 05, 2020

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.

The right vaccine dose and more in this week's news roundup

January 30, 2020

In today's news roundup, we look back at some of this week's most popular stories on Rheumatology Network. We begin with a report on the right vaccine dose for rheumatoid arthritis patients.