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Glucocorticoids appear safe in early RA

The ESPOIR early-RA cohort found no safety difference between groups.

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Secukinumab offers no advantage over currently approved drugs for TNF-refractory RA patients

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Rheumatic disease: 8-14% of patients have comorbid fibromyalgia

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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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Baricitinib more effective than adalimumab or placebo in methotrexate-resistant RA

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  • Clinical Essentials from Arthritis Rheumatol
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Rheumatoid arthritis: autoimmune memory B cells persist even with treatment remission

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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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  • 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 The Lancet
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Sirukumab, an anti-IL-6 cytokine agent, helpful in phase 3 RA trial

SIRROUND-T found clinical improvements in anti-TNF-refractory RA patients.

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  • Clinical Essentials from Rheumatology International
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Certolizumab in RA: no response by 3 months may predict none at 1 year

Specific, early decrements in clinical scores offered 1-y treatment failure positive predictive value more than 90%.

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  • Clinical Essentials from Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
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Mavrilimumab, a GM-CSF receptor inhibitor, beats placebo for RA at 12 and 24 wk

The EARTH EXPLORER 1 study presents evidence of efficacy for this novel biologic.

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  • Clinical Essentials from Medicine (Baltimore)
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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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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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  • Clinical Essentials from International Journal of Rheumatic Disease
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Ultrasound picks up disease activity in RA patients on DMARDs

In this small study, nearly half of those in clinical remission had telltale activity on ultrasound.

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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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First-of-its-kind Rare Diseases International policy event
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First-of-its-kind Rare Diseases International policy event

The event has been organised by Rare Diseases International in partnership with the BLACKSWAN Foundation and EURORDIS-Rare Diseases Europe.

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Global consortium formed to educate leaders on climate and health
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Global consortium formed to educate leaders on climate and health

The Consortium aims to prepare leaders for the impact climate will continue to have on health.

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  • Univadis Editorial - Dr Harry Brown
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Computer screens and doctors

Doctors need to balance interacting with demands of the computer screen and the patient.

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