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Small molecule alternative to biologic for psoriatic arthritis

NICE issues recommendations for use of Apremilast.

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Sleeping longer may increase osteoporosis risk

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  • Clinical Essentials from Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
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Glucocorticoids appear safe in early RA

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  • Univadis Editorial - Dr Harry Brown
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Rating your doctor

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Rare disease alliance calls for minimum 3-fold increase in annual drug approvals

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European Medicines Agency broadens public access to drug data

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Female life expectancy could exceed 90 years by 2030

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  • Clinical Essentials from Lancet
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After hip or knee replacement, younger patients far likelier to need eventual revision

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Skype helps with chronic knee pain

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Professional & Business

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Wait for surgery is too long, says Royal College

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Children’s daily sugar intake equivalent to 20 chocolate chip biscuits

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30% of neonatal unit admissions may be unnecessary

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BMA survey: 42% of European GPs may leave UK

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Rise in A&E referrals from NHS 111 service

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One-off screening test cuts bowel cancer risk by third, study shows

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Treating peripheral spondyloarthritis early could be a home run

Begun receiving golimumab after just a few week of symptoms, most of these patients achieved remission.

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  • Clinical Essentials from Journal of the Formosan Medical Association
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An osteopenia prediction tool for women aged 40-55 y

Including serum ALP, a biomarker for bone turnover and fracture risk, boosted sensitivity.

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  • Clinical Essentials from International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
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Predicting remission in newly-diagnosed RA patients

Sex and drinking matter, but smoking and rheumatoid factor do not.

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  • Clinical Essentials from Semin Arthritis Rheum
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Rheumatic disease: 8-14% of patients have comorbid fibromyalgia

One of the first studies to assess the co-occurrence of fibromyalgia with rheumatic disease.

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Etanercept associated with reduced cancer risk in RA

Biologic-naïve patients had higher cancer rates in this large cohort study.

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European Commission warns of health risks with UV-C hospital equipment sterilisation process
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European Commission warns of health risks with UV-C hospital equipment sterilisation process

UV-C lamps are often used to sterilise hospital equipment

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  • Clinical Essentials from New England Journal of Medicine
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Baricitinib more effective than adalimumab or placebo in methotrexate-resistant RA

Favorable phase 3 results from the RA-BEAM trial of this oral Janus kinase inhibitor.

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Spinal disorders elevated in IBD patients 20 years after diagnosis | ECCO

Patients with IBD often suffer from extraintestinal rheumatic manifestations.

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Air pollution contributes to 4.2 million deaths annually
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Air pollution contributes to 4.2 million deaths annually

92 per cent of the world’s population lives in areas with unhealthy air, according to a new report.

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Soccer link to boxing-type brain damage
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Soccer link to boxing-type brain damage

Playing soccer at a high level may lead to the same kind of brain injuries as boxing, postmortem studies at the Institute of Neurology in London have found.1

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  • Univadis Editorial - Dr Harry Brown
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Another contract

BMA announced its annual GP contract changes for 2017/18 in England

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Photographs may improve patient healthcare in rural areas
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Photographs may improve patient healthcare in rural areas

Patients who use ‘photo journeys’ shared more information about living with their condition.

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  • Clinical Essentials from Internal and Emergency Medicine
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Cancer a higher risk for those with rheumatic disease

At especially high risk: older men with polymyalgia rheumatica and ≥6 painful joints.

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WHO deploys medical teams to Yemen as health crisis deepens
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WHO deploys medical teams to Yemen as health crisis deepens

The move comes as the United Nations launches an international appeal to provide life-saving assistance to 12 million people there.

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