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Make the Diagnosis: Manual Mystery
(MedPage Today) -- Case Findings: A 77-year-old male who is left-hand-dominant presents with a loss of dexterity and limited extension of the fingers of his left hand. He mentions that his ability to play the piano has decreased over the past few months. On examination, he has skin dimpling on the palm of his left hand, and he is unable to lay it flat on the table. What is your diagnosis (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - March 20, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Secukinumab Benefits Hold Up for 2 Years (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- In ankylosing spondylitis, no new safety signals emerged (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - March 6, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Relapses Common with S. Aureus Nasal Carriage in ANCA-Related Vasculitis (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole prophylaxis had no influence on relapse rate (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - March 6, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Benefits for Intense Exercise Started 3 Months Post-TKR (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Twice as many patients had clinically important improvement versus those with less intense exercise (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - March 3, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Weak Thigh Muscles Increase Knee OA Risk in Women (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Growing evidence of relationship, but only for females (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - February 19, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Is AS a Progressive Disease? (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Many who lack radiographic sacroiliitis at baseline develop x-ray changes later (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - February 17, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Long Break from Anti-TNF Tx Not Needed for Joint Surgery (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Meds given safely within a month before arthroplasty (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - February 1, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Anti-TNF Therapy Reduces Sick Leave in Non-Radiographic AS (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Patients with non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis need less sick leave after starting anti-TNF treatment (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - January 22, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

ACNA Titers in Vasculitis Decline with B Cell Therapy (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- But drop in immunoglobulin levels less robust (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - January 10, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Systemic JIA: A Separate Entity? (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Genetic architecture differs from other JIA subtypes (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - December 20, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Prior Infections Likely a ' Minor Determinant ' of Overall GCA Risk (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Herpes zoster in particular doesn ' t seem to play causal role (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - December 13, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

New Psoriasis Guidelines Aimed at Improving Outcomes (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- ' Treat-to-target ' goals to better individualize, evaluate, adjust regimens (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - December 9, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Glucocorticoids Linked to Organ Damage in SLE (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Even a dose as low as 4.42 mg/day, which is not typically associated with damage, increases the risk (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - December 3, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Make the Diagnosis: Nerve Concern
(MedPage Today) -- Case Findings: A 63-year-old left-handed male patient presents with tingling in both hands, particularly the left hand. He has struggled to sleep for the past week; after laying down to read, his hand begins to tingle. He reports the tingling only while lying down, he has no symptoms when sitting or standing, and the symptoms resolve quickly once he sits up. He reports symptoms across the whole hand (front and back), but more on the palm than the fingers. The tingling involves all fingers, but is less pronounced on the thumb. There is no muscle weakness, coolness, or discoloration. He reports no swelling...
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - November 21, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Lupus Low Disease Activity State Useful Target (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Large study shows LLDAS achieved by many patients (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - November 21, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Pro Soccer Career: A Risk Factor for Osteoarthritis in Men
(MedPage Today) -- Study also suggests controversial joint injections hike OA risk (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - November 16, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Guidelines Help jMRD Patients Transition to Adult Care (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- European recommendations for communication, coordinated care (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - November 14, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

AS: Is Tofacitinib the Next Big Thing? (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- ' Field of ankylosing spondylitis management has suddenly come alive ' (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - November 13, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Chondroitin Beats Celecoxib in Knee OA (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Beneficial effect on cartilage volume loss in the medial compartment (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - November 11, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Rituximab Effective Long-Term for Systemic Sclerosis (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- The B-cell depletion therapy may fill a need for safe agents that stabilize lung function (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - November 5, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Pysch Meds, Previous Spills Up Risk for Falls in RA (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Round up the usual risk factors; faulty feet and ankles found innocent (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - November 1, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

High Serum Urate Predicts Poor Physical Performance (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Should hyperuricemia be targeted early, or is it just a marker of other conditions? (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - October 20, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Evaluating CVD Risk in RA: ConsultantLive & Rheumatology Network
(MedPage Today) -- Also, difficulties assessing and treating pain (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - October 11, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Pearls From: Michelle Petri, MD
(MedPage Today) -- Future treatment of lupus looks beyond B cells (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - October 10, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Knee Pain Severity Tied to Widespread Pain (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- No significant association with structural damage (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - October 4, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Big Toe Often Takes Hit in Gout (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Bone erosion and soft tissue inflammation common (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - October 4, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Many NSAIDs Linked to HF
(MedPage Today) -- " A clear risk to some... and tighter regulation is justified " (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - September 29, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Widespread Muscle Involvement in Necrotizing Myopathy (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Findings indicate immune-mediated necrotizing myopathy is a " unique form of myositis " (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - September 27, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Childhood Obesity May Impact Risk for Adult Knee OA (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Review highlights need to control for risk factors early in life (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - September 23, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Markers Predict Response to Rituximab in RA (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Low chance of response with high baseline cell counts (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - September 4, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Long-Term Remission Rare in Lupus (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Remissions short-lived, no matter the definition used, new data show (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - September 4, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Higher Risk for Kidney Stones in Ankylosing Spondylitis (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Consistent with higher rate of comorbidities in general (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - August 29, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Treatment for Pediatric MLN Remains Irregular (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Study found variation in clinical practice for membranous lupus nephritis (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - August 23, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

SLE Patients Benefit From Routine Echocardiography (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Cardiac involvement common in systemic lupus erythematosus (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - August 18, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Stelara Aids in PsA Regardless of Previous Tx (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Patients who had used anti-TNFs still benefited from ustekinumab (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - August 11, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Xeljanz Offers Better Outcomes in Early RA (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Less beneficial when started after disease is established (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - August 9, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

PMR Symptoms Follow Circadian Pattern (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Symptoms correlate with levels of inflammatory cytokines (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - August 5, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

In Lupus, Start Low, Stay Low with Steroids (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Goal is to prevent treatment-related damage (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - August 4, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Severe AAV: Mortality Rate Still High Despite PLEX (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Infection was the most common cause of death (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - July 26, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

PodMed: A Medical News Roundup From Johns Hopkins (with audio)
(MedPage Today) -- This week's topics include two on HIV management, obesity and death, and the benefits of special shoes for osteoarthritis (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - July 16, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

High Prevalence of RA, AS in Canada's First Nations (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- But specialty care lacking for inflammatory arthritis (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - July 13, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

TNF Inhibitor Dose Cut Possible in Spondylarthropathy (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Most AS and SpA patients maintained remission (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - July 10, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Survival Improving at Rapid Clip for RA Patients (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Biologics, treatment-to-target, CVD prevention are likely factors (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - July 1, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

App Helps Diagnose Gout Using Evidence-Based Medicine
(MedPage Today) -- Has potential to change practice, says Douglas Maurer, DO, MPH (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - July 1, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

CV Risk in Lupus Patients Grows (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Not sharing in decline seen in general population (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - June 27, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Cancer May Predispose to IgG4-Related Disease (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- History of malignancy more than three times as common than in controls (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - June 24, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Arthritis Emerges After Cancer Immunotherapy (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- In cancer treatment, a novel type of adverse effect (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - June 17, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Multiple Lupus Types Raise Risk for CV Disease (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Local chronic inflammation in CLE and SLE may drive vascular events (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - June 14, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Prednisolone Tx Bumps Up Body Mass, Fat in RA (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- But two different high-dose regimens didn't lead to fat redistribution (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - June 14, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Low-Dose Aspirin for CV Prevention May Work in Lupus, Too (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- But study too small to warrant guideline recommendation (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - June 14, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news