Fracture risk should be considered for people taking oral steroids and PPIs

There is an increased risk of osteoporotic fractures in people using both oral glucocorticoids and proton-pump inhibitors. INTRODUCTION Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect a person’s joints, and may cause pain and disability. Rheumatoid arthritis affects people of all ages, and is more common in women than men. One of the […]

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Need to aggressively target multimorbidity in RA

Multimorbidity is common in rheumatoid arthritis and progresses more rapidly during and immediately following onset. INTRODUCTION Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect a person’s joints, and may cause pain and disability. Rheumatoid arthritis affects people of all ages, and is more common in women than men. People with rheumatoid arthritis often […]

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Health inequity for people with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) before and after diagnosis

People with psoriatic arthritis have healthcare costs, lower income, higher unemployment rates, higher risk for disability pension and more comorbidities than the general population. Introduction Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects a person’s joints, causing pain and disability. The disease often causes swelling of the fingers and toes, mainly because of joint […]

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Women with rheumatoid arthritis and those treated with TNF inhibitors may be at increased risk of cervical cancer

Women with rheumatoid arthritis have a higher risk of cervical cancer, and those treated with TNF inhibitors have a further increased risk, though the link is not conclusive. INTRODUCTION Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects a person’s joints, causing pain and disability. It can also affect internal organs. Rheumatoid arthritis is more […]

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Skin sclerosis and digital ulcers develop quickly in people with early systemic sclerosis

People with early systemic sclerosis may quickly develop skin sclerosis and digital ulcers. INTRODUCTION Systemic sclerosis is a rare but serious disease of the connective tissues, where the tissue grows abnormally and triggers the immune system to attack itself (autoimmunity). This can cause hardening (fibrosis) and swelling of the skin, as well as joint pain, […]

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Nurse-led programmes and patient self-assessment can improve outcomes for patients

Nurse-led programmes can help to identify comorbidities and train patients to monitor their disease activity, improving clinical outcomes. INTRODUCTION Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects a person’s joints, causing pain and disability. People with rheumatoid arthritis have an increased risk of suffering from comorbidities (other diseases) such as heart attacks, heart failure […]

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