For COVID-19, general health status matters more than inflammatory arthritis

For people with inflammatory arthritis, overall COVID-19 risks are low and similar to those in the general population. INTRODUCTION COVID-19 is the disease caused by a new type of coronavirus called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2). It was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on 11 March 2020. COVID-19 has forced people […]

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Intensive treatments deliver good long-term results

The COBRA-Slim treatment is as effective as more complex treatments for high-risk patients with early RA INTRODUCTION Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects a person’s joints, and may cause pain and disability. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect people of all ages, but it most often starts between the ages of 30 and 50 […]

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Treat-to-target is appropriate for women with RA during pregnancy

For women with rheumatoid arthritis, low disease and remission are an attainable goal during pregnancy INTRODUCTION Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects a person’s joints, and may cause pain and disability. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect people of all ages, but it most often starts between the ages of 30 and 50 – […]

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Non-surgical treatment is a good option for people with RCD

Non-surgical treatment is equivalent to surgical treatment even after unsuccessful initial rehabilitation in people with RCD without full-thickness tendon tear. INTRODUCTION The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surrounds the shoulder joint. Rotator cuff disease (shortened to RCD) is very common and is usually caused by tendon degeneration. RCD may also […]

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Points to consider to promote adherence in people with RMDs

Prevent non-adherence by building trust, overcoming barriers, and tailoring the solution to the problem. INTRODUCTION Rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (often shortened to RMDs) are a group of diseases that affect the joints and muscles. There are lots of different treatments available that can both treat symptoms, and stop some of the underlying disease processes. Most […]

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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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Temporary interruption of face-to-face consultations has no major impact

A short interruption of in-person rheumatology appointments has no major impact on the disease course of axial spondyloarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or psoriatic arthritis. INTRODUCTION COVID-19 is the disease caused by a new type of coronavirus called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2). It was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on 11 March […]

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No significant difference between advanced therapies for RA

Individualised care should be based on clinical judgement and consideration of patient preferences. 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. The goal of treatment is often remission […]

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