November 2010 Briefing - RheumatologyLast Updated: December 01, 2010.
Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Rheumatology for November 2010. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.
Smoking Tied to Rheumatoid Arthritis in African-Americans
MONDAY, Nov. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Cigarette smoking appears to be significantly associated with autoantibody positive and negative rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in African-Americans with more than 10 pack-years of exposure, according to a study published online Aug. 18 in Arthritis & Rheumatism.
Reallocation of Care Would Increase PCPs' Work Weeks
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Specialists spend a substantial amount of time providing routine chronic disease follow-up care, and reallocating half of this care to primary care physicians (PCPs) would add a few work weeks for each PCP, according to research published online Oct. 18 in Medical Care.
Knee Osteoarthritis Pain Is Worse If Other Areas Hurt Too
MONDAY, Nov. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Musculoskeletal comorbidities, particularly back, foot, and elbow pain, are associated with worse knee pain scores in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee, according to research published online Aug. 26 in Arthritis Care & Research.
U.S. Health Insurance Compared to 10 Other Nations
FRIDAY, Nov. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Adults in the United States spend more time and money on health insurance than those in many other developed nations, and ultimately deal with more coverage-related disputes and denials, according to research published online Nov. 18 in Health Affairs.
Fraud in Scientific Literature Appears Intentional
THURSDAY, Nov. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Scientific papers retracted after publication due to fraudulent data represent a calculated, deliberate effort to deceive, according to research published online Nov. 15 in the Journal of Medical Ethics.
Bortezomib Appears Promising for Rheumatoid Arthritis
FRIDAY, Nov. 12 (HealthDay News) -- The proteasome inhibitor bortezomib induces significant improvements, and even remission, in rheumatoid-like arthritis in an animal model, and might eventually be an effective treatment in humans, according to research published in the November issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism.
Physician-Industry Financial Ties Decreased Since 2004
FRIDAY, Nov. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer physicians received drug samples, food and beverages, reimbursement, or payment for professional services in 2009 than in 2004, but a large majority of physicians still report financial relationships with industry, according to research published in the Nov. 8 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Workers' Compensation Hand Injuries Receive Different Care
MONDAY, Nov. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with Workers' Compensation insurance tend to have more clinic visits for hand injuries and disorders prior to surgery and more diagnostic testing than hand-injured patients with standard insurance, according to research published in the Oct. 6 issue of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.
Last Years of Life Painful for Many Older Adults
TUESDAY, Nov. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Many older adults have clinically significant pain over the last two years of life, especially those with arthritis, according to a study in the Nov. 2 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Effective Neck Pain Treatments May Be Underutilized
MONDAY, Nov. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Diagnostic testing, narcotics, and questionable treatment modalities appear to be overused for chronic neck pain, while effective treatments such as therapeutic exercise appear to be underutilized, according to a study in the November issue of Arthritis Care & Research.
Marital Distress May Predict RA Pain, Disability
MONDAY, Nov. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Marriage may have a role in reducing pain and disability in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), but only if the marriage is well-adjusted or non-distressed, according to research published in the October issue of the Journal of Pain.