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June 2016 Briefing - Rheumatology

Last Updated: July 01, 2016.

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Rheumatology for June 2016. 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.

Cancer Immunotherapy May Induce Arthritis, Sicca Syndrome

WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Certain cancer immunotherapy drugs may increase risk for rheumatic disease, according to a study published online June 15 in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

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Electronic Record Demands Are Overwhelming Many Physicians

WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians using electronic practice tools report higher rates of burnout and increased frustration with the amount of computerized paperwork, according to research published online June 27 in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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Patients Face High Hospital Bills Despite Having Insurance

MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Costs of hospitalization for privately insured adults rose more than 37 percent over five years, with patients paying more than $1,000 on average by 2013, according to research published online June 27 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Autologous Adipose-Derived Stromal Cells May Ease Knee OA

MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with knee osteoarthritis, a single intra-articular injection of autologous adipose-derived stromal cells (ASCs) can reduce pain and inflammation, according to research published online May 23 in Stem Cells Translational Medicine.

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2017 Will Bring Premium Rate Increases Under ACA

FRIDAY, June 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Health insurance premiums under the Affordable Care Act will rise in 2017, analysts and insurance brokers say.

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CDC: Alternative Medicine a Booming Business in U.S.

WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Americans spent more than $30 billion out of pocket in 2012 on chiropractors and other complementary health practitioners, as well as supplements and other forms of alternative medicine, according to research published online June 22 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Health Statistics Reports.

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APCs, Doctors Order Low-Value Services With Similar Frequency

WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Advanced practice clinicians (APCs) and physicians order low-value health services with similar frequency, according to a study published online June 20 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Tips Provided for Leveraging Social Media

TUESDAY, June 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- During a presentation at the 2016 American Medical Association Annual Meeting, Kevin Pho, M.D., founder and editor of the popular physician blog KevinMD, shared insights into making a difference in health care through use of social media.

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Reset Room Can Help Address Physician Burnout

MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The creation of a reset room is one of several solutions that can help physicians and medical providers address burnout, according to a report published by the American Medical Association.

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IV Lidocaine Has No Meaningful Impact in Fibromyalgia

MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with fibromyalgia, use of intravenous lidocaine has no meaningful impact, according to a study published online June 16 in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases.

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Strategy Needed to Address Impending Physician Shortage

FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Steps should be taken to combat the impending physician shortage of between 61,700 and 94,700 doctors that the United States is expected to face over the next decade, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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Potential Impact of Single-Payer Health Care Discussed

THURSDAY, June 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is promoting his version of single-payer health care, although the actual impact of such a system is unclear, according to a report published in Medical Economics.

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Prices for Care Rise Significantly As Multi-Hospital Systems Emerge

THURSDAY, June 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital prices in California increased substantially from 2004 to 2013, with a larger increase in hospitals that are members of multi-hospital systems, according to a study published online June 9 in Inquiry.

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Four-Step Strategy Suggested for Boosting Practice Quality of Care

WEDNESDAY, June 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Four steps can help doctors improve patient care and office efficiency, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Risk of S. aureus Bacteremia Up in Patients on Glucocorticoids

FRIDAY, June 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patients taking systemic glucocorticoids are at higher risk for community-acquired Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia (CA-SAB), according to research published online June 8 in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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Ixekizumab Efficacious for Psoriasis Over 60 Weeks

THURSDAY, June 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The benefits of ixekizumab in the treatment of psoriasis extend to 60 weeks, according to a study published online June 8 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Electroacupuncture May Benefit Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

WEDNESDAY, June 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Electroacupuncture may be a beneficial treatment option for carpal tunnel syndrome, according to a study published online June 6 in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.

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PPI Use Ups Risk of Osteoporosis, Osteopenia in Femur

WEDNESDAY, June 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Proton pump inhibitor (PPI) use is associated with increased risk of developing osteoporosis and osteopenia in femur bones, according to a study published online May 31 in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases.

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Good Agreement for Doctor, Patient Criteria for Fibromyalgia

TUESDAY, June 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There is good agreement in physician-based (MD) and patient-based (PT) criteria for fibromyalgia diagnosis, according to a study published in the May issue of Arthritis Care & Research.

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Hip Arthroscopy Often Not the Best Option for Older Patients

MONDAY, June 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many patients in their 60s who have hip arthroscopy need total hip arthroplasty (THA) within two years, according to research published in the April issue of Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery.

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U-Shaped Pattern for Dietary Calcium Intake, Fracture Risk

MONDAY, June 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Dietary calcium intake seems to have a U-shaped correlation with fracture risk in men and possibly in women, according to a study published online May 21 in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.

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Possible Benefit for Cannabinoids in Rheumatic Conditions

MONDAY, June 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cannabinoids may have limited benefits in rheumatic conditions, with some potential benefit in terms of pain relief and effect on sleep, according to a review published in the May issue of Arthritis Care & Research.

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Many Still on Opioids Six Months After Total Joint Arthroplasty

FRIDAY, June 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A significant number of patients continue to take prescription opioids many months after joint replacement surgery, according to a study published in the June issue of Pain.

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Spironolactone No Benefit for Knee OA in Older Adults

FRIDAY, June 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For older adults with knee osteoarthritis (OA), spironolactone is not associated with improvements in symptoms, physical function, or health-related quality-of-life, according to a study published in the May issue of Arthritis Care & Research.

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AMA Module Promotes Training of Medical Assistants

THURSDAY, June 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new training module can improve training for medical assistants (MAs), according to a report from the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Patients Like to See Physicians Wearing White Coats

THURSDAY, June 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most patients prefer that physicians wear white coats, according to research published online June 1 in JAMA Dermatology.

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Low Glycemic Index Diet Linked to Drop in Uric Acid Levels

THURSDAY, June 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Reducing the dietary glycemic index is associated with a reduction in uric acid levels among overweight and obese adults, according to a study published in the May issue of Arthritis & Rheumatology.

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