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Released: 6-Jul-2020 8:05 AM EDT
Lower Back Pain Can Improve After Total Hip Replacement
Hospital for Special Surgery

A new study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City reveals that symptomatic lower back pain resolved in 82% of patients after total hip arthroplasty (THA) and identifies which patients are more likely to have their back pain resolved. This study is available online as part of the AAOS 2020 Virtual Education Experience.

Released: 1-Jun-2020 7:20 PM EDT
New test method can offer safer dosages of hydroxychloroquine
Uppsala University

Researchers at Uppsala University and Uppsala University Hospital have developed a new method to measure levels of the medication hydroxychloroquine in patients with the rheumatic disease systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

Released: 19-May-2020 2:10 PM EDT
Study shows improved marital relationship and spousal quality of life following joint-replacement surgery
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

While individuals with osteoarthritis (OA) who undergo joint replacement surgery often experience reductions in pain, emotional distress and improved function, there is little known about how these recovery-related changes impact their spouse or marital relationship. A new study released as part of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ (AAOS) Virtual Education Experience titled “Marital Relationship and Quality of Life in Couples Following Joint Replacement Surgery” found that a spouse’s quality of life also improves when their partner experiences positive results, following total hip arthroplasty (THA) or total knee arthroplasty (TKA).

Released: 18-May-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Hip Arthroscopy for Arthritis Associated with Unacceptably High Conversion to Total Hip Replacement and Significantly Worse Outcomes
Hospital for Special Surgery

A study led by Alexander S. McLawhorn, MD, MBA, hip and knee surgeon at HSS, available as part of the AAOS 2020 Virtual Education Experience and published in HIP International, found that treating hip osteoarthritis with hip arthroscopy can be associated with an increased risk for revision.

Newswise: Excess coffee consumption a culprit for poor health
Released: 13-May-2020 7:55 AM EDT
Excess coffee consumption a culprit for poor health
University of South Australia

Cappuccino, latte or short black, coffee is one of the most commonly consumed drinks in the world. But whether it’s good or bad for your health can be clarified by genetics, as a world-first study from the University of South Australia’s Australian Centre for Precision Health shows that excess coffee consumption can cause poor health.

Newswise: Gene therapy in mice builds muscle, reduces fat
6-May-2020 4:45 PM EDT
Gene therapy in mice builds muscle, reduces fat
Washington University in St. Louis

A new study in mice at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests gene therapy one day may help build muscle and relieve pain in overweight patients with osteoarthritis.

Newswise: AAOS and OREF Announce Strategic Partnership
Released: 7-May-2020 10:00 AM EDT
AAOS and OREF Announce Strategic Partnership
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) announced a strategic partnership to help narrow the gap between clinical research funding and prioritized clinical research needs in musculoskeletal care

Newswise: Arthritis Drug Presents Promise as Treatment for COVID-19 Pneumonia
Released: 29-Apr-2020 2:45 PM EDT
Arthritis Drug Presents Promise as Treatment for COVID-19 Pneumonia
University of California San Diego Health

UC San Diego Health has launched a Phase III clinical trial to assess whether a medication used to treat rheumatoid might also have therapeutic value for patient with COVID-19 who have developed or are at high risk of developing serious lung damage from SARS-CoV-2 infections.

Released: 28-Apr-2020 9:55 AM EDT
CAREER Award Supports Research to Deepen Understanding of Osteoarthritis
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Deva Chan, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is leading a team that will study the role that biomechanics plays in the production and function of hyaluronan in an effort to learn more about the factors that affect joint health and osteoarthritis. This research is being supported by a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program Award.

Released: 27-Apr-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Light Helps Arthritis Treatments Target Joints
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

Results from a new mouse study suggest that a new light-activated drug delivery method helps confine treatments to the joints, which could reduce whole-body side effects.

Newswise: Not Too Young for Knee Replacement
Released: 3-Apr-2020 4:55 PM EDT
Not Too Young for Knee Replacement
Hospital for Special Surgery

Advances in knee replacement surgery, such as robotic-assisted surgery and improvements in implant design and materials, make it a viable option for younger patients seeking pain relief.

Released: 31-Mar-2020 12:00 PM EDT
Individuals taking class of steroid medications at high risk for COVID-19
Endocrine Society

Individuals taking a class of steroid hormones called glucocorticoids for conditions such as asthma, allergies and arthritis on a routine basis may be unable to mount a normal stress response and are at high risk if they are infected with the virus causing COVID-19, according to a new editorial published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Newswise: FDA Approves New Total Wrist Replacement Device to Treat Painful Arthritis
25-Mar-2020 8:20 AM EDT
FDA Approves New Total Wrist Replacement Device to Treat Painful Arthritis
Hospital for Special Surgery

The FDA has approved a new total wrist replacement device for people seeking relief from painful arthritis. The design is the culmination of three decades of award-winning research by Scott Wolfe, MD, a hand surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), and Joseph J. Crisco, III, PhD, director of the Bioengineering Laboratory at Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital.

Released: 18-Mar-2020 12:05 PM EDT
ACR Releases Position Statement on Prior Authorization
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has released an official position statement concerning prior authorization for the approval of prescription medications, highlighting the significant burdens it creates for patients and rheumatology professionals. This process can result in a significant delay of care or treatments, treatment abandonment and potential harm to patients.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Seven surprising facts about osteoarthritis
Released: 12-Mar-2020 11:20 AM EDT
The Medical Minute: Seven surprising facts about osteoarthritis
Penn State Health

No cure for osteoarthritis exists, but many treatments can help people manage the pain and stiffness that often occur.

Released: 9-Mar-2020 12:25 PM EDT
Nationwide Study Shows Disparities in Outpatient Care for Common Orthopaedic Problems
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Racial/ethnic minorities, people with lower incomes, and other groups are less likely to receive office-based care for common musculoskeletal conditions, reports a nationwide study in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research® (CORR®), a publication of The Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons®. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

Newswise: Tiny scorpion-derived proteins deliver arthritis drugs to joints in preclinical study
1-Mar-2020 7:00 PM EST
Tiny scorpion-derived proteins deliver arthritis drugs to joints in preclinical study
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center identified a tiny protein in scorpion venom that rapidly accumulates in joint cartilage. Then they linked these mini-proteins with steroids to reverse inflammation in rats with arthritis. The researchers found that the drugs concentrated in the joints, potentially avoiding the body-wide toxicities and infection risks caused by nontargeted steroid treatment.

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Released: 28-Feb-2020 9:00 AM EST
Osteoarthritis: How running actually can help
LifeBridge Health

Not running or jogging because you think it worsens or increases your risk for osteoarthritis?

25-Feb-2020 12:05 PM EST
Adequate folate levels linked to lower cardiovascular mortality risk in rheumatoid arthritis patients
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Decreased folate levels in the bloodstream have been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular mortality in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, shedding light on why those patients are more susceptible to heart and vascular disease, according to research published today in JAMA Network Open by experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Released: 24-Feb-2020 12:40 PM EST
ACR Releases First Guideline to Address Reproductive Health for Patients with Rheumatic Diseases
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

This is the first, evidence-based guideline related to the management of reproductive health issues for all patients with rheumatic diseases. With 131 recommendations, the guideline offers general precepts that provide a foundation for its recommendations and good practice statements.

Newswise: Novel Surgery Relieves Pain and Restores Function in Patients with Common Wrist Injury
Released: 14-Feb-2020 5:10 PM EST
Novel Surgery Relieves Pain and Restores Function in Patients with Common Wrist Injury
Hospital for Special Surgery

A new surgical procedure to repair a common wrist wrist injury is showing promise in relieving pain and restoring function, and in lowering the risk of progressive arthritis. The surgery is performed to repair a torn repair torn scapholunate ligament.

Released: 10-Feb-2020 12:25 PM EST
Complimentary Press Registration Available for ACR’s 2020 State of the Art Clinical Symposium
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) welcomes members of the press to write about rheumatology research presented at the State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium (SOTA) in New Orleans on March 27-29.

Released: 9-Jan-2020 1:00 PM EST
Orthopaedic Surgeons Available to Comment on Musculoskeletal Healthcare News and Trends, Treatment Options, Fall Prevention and More
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

University of Alabama's quarter back Tua Tagovailoa's hip injury. Stephen Curry's broken broken hand. 3-D printing technology that transformed a little girl's spine surgery. If you need an expert to discuss any of these timely topics, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) can provide expert sources to comment on musculoskeletal injury prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Newswise: Hackensack University Medical Center is First in the Nation to Acquire the TSolution One® Active Robot by THINK Surgical for Total Knee Replacement Procedures
Released: 9-Jan-2020 12:55 PM EST
Hackensack University Medical Center is First in the Nation to Acquire the TSolution One® Active Robot by THINK Surgical for Total Knee Replacement Procedures
Hackensack Meridian Health

The TSolution One® Surgical System combines two exclusive innovations to advance total joint replacement surgery. The system consists of TPLAN®, a 3D pre-surgical planning workstation and TCAT®, a computer assisted tool. The pre-surgical planning allows the surgeon to design and prepare, in a virtual environment, the patient's unique joint replacement plan using a choice of implant options. Total joint replacement surgery involves removing the diseased knee joint and replacing it with a joint implant. During the joint replacement surgery, the surgeon implements the patient's pre-planned procedure using the active robot, which prepares the joint according to the surgeon's plan for precise placement of implants.

Released: 7-Jan-2020 3:40 PM EST
American College of Rheumatology/Arthritis Foundation Release Updated Treatment Guideline for Osteoarthritis
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

Today, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), in partnership with the Arthritis Foundation (AF), released the 2019 ACR/AF Guideline for the Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hand, Hip and Knee.

Newswise: Battery-powered headgear could short-circuit joint pain
Released: 18-Dec-2019 4:20 PM EST
Battery-powered headgear could short-circuit joint pain
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Tired of living with painful arthritic knees, 54-year-old Deborah Brown’s interest was piqued when she saw a recruitment flyer for a clinical trial on an innovative pain treatment at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Newswise: First U.S. Study Shows Strong Results for Minimally Invasive Procedure to Treat Knee Pain from Osteoarthritis
Released: 17-Dec-2019 12:20 PM EST
First U.S. Study Shows Strong Results for Minimally Invasive Procedure to Treat Knee Pain from Osteoarthritis
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

A new study published in Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology details the first study of its kind in the U.S. to examine the use of genicular artery embolization (GAE) for extended treatment of knee pain caused by osteoarthritis (OA). Principal investigator of the study, Ari Isaacson, MD, clinical associate professor of vascular and interventional radiology in the UNC School of Medicine, says the results are positive.

Newswise: Cedars-Sinai Receives $20M to Create Kao Autoimmunity Institute
Released: 10-Dec-2019 9:00 AM EST
Cedars-Sinai Receives $20M to Create Kao Autoimmunity Institute
Cedars-Sinai

Cedars-Sinai today announced a $20 million gift from Dr. and Mrs. Min H. Kao and the Kao Family Foundation to create the Kao Autoimmunity Institute to advance research and treatment of rheumatologic diseases. The gift also will establish the Scleroderma Program within the institute to provide interdisciplinary and integrated care for scleroderma patients and to support research, outreach, training and education to help those with the disease.

Released: 10-Dec-2019 9:00 AM EST
Complimentary Press Registration Available for the 2020 Winter Rheumatology Symposium
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) welcomes members of the press to write about rheumatology research presented at the Winter Rheumatology Symposium in Snowmass Village, CO on January 25 -31, 2020.

Released: 4-Dec-2019 2:10 PM EST
ACR and EULAR Release New Classification Criteria for IgG4-Related Disease
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) released the 2019 ACR/EULAR Classification Criteria for IgG4-Related Disease. It is the first criteria developed specifically for this recently recognized disease.

14-Nov-2019 11:00 AM EST
Study finds associations between rheumatoid arthritis, other diseases before and after diagnosis
Mayo Clinic

A Mayo Clinic-led study involving 3,276 patients has found that people with inflammatory bowel disease, Type 1 diabetes or blood clots may be at increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. The study, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, also found that people who have rheumatoid arthritis are at increased risk of developing heart disease, blood clots and sleep apnea.

Released: 12-Nov-2019 2:35 PM EST
Study: “Pre-habilitation” by Peer Coaches Before Knee Replacement May Improve Outcomes
Hospital for Special Surgery

HSS researchers launched a study to find out if a “pre-habilitation” program – counseling by a peer coach who has already had a knee replacement – could empower and inform patients scheduled for the surgery, leading to better outcomes. The study found that such a program could be helpful.

Released: 12-Nov-2019 2:20 PM EST
Prosthetic Joint Infections Missed in Patients with Rheumatic Diseases
Hospital for Special Surgery

Standard diagnostic methods are not adequate to identify prosthetic joint infections (PJIs) in patients with rheumatic diseases, according to findings from a new study by researchers from Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City.

Released: 11-Nov-2019 4:25 PM EST
Study: Where One Lives influences Post-Op Care and Rehab after Hip Replacement
Hospital for Special Surgery

A new study finds that the community in which one lives influences where a patient receives postoperative care and rehabilitation after elective hip replacement surgery. An analysis of a large regional database found that patients in the least affluent communities were more likely to be discharged to an inpatient rehabilitation or skilled nursing facility rather than home care after surgery.

Released: 11-Nov-2019 4:05 PM EST
Penn Researchers Uncover Dose of Medication More Likely to Put Patients with a Rare Autoimmune Disease into Complete Remission
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Researchers from Penn compare a lymphoma-dose regimen of rituximab to a rheumatoid arthritis regimen for the treatment of pemphigus.

Released: 11-Nov-2019 3:30 PM EST
HSS Experts Share Best Practices for Developing and Implementing Effective Educational Programs for Diverse Patients with Rheumatic Conditions
Hospital for Special Surgery

At the 2019 American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Professionals annual meeting in Atlanta, experts from the HSS Education Institute at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) presented their method for developing and implementing effective educational programs for diverse patients with rheumatic conditions.

Newswise: Here’s a playbook for stopping deadly cytokine storm syndrome
Released: 11-Nov-2019 12:20 PM EST
Here’s a playbook for stopping deadly cytokine storm syndrome
University of Alabama at Birmingham

UAB pediatric rheumatologist Randy Cron gets calls from doctors around the globe asking if their patients have cytokine storm syndrome. Now he has co-authored the first textbook on this mysterious and deadly condition with his former trainee.

Newswise: Low-Dose Oral Prednisolone Substantially Improves Pain and Function in Hand Osteoarthritis
6-Nov-2019 12:00 PM EST
Low-Dose Oral Prednisolone Substantially Improves Pain and Function in Hand Osteoarthritis
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

Research presented at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting found that a six-week treatment with low-dose oral prednisolone substantially improves pain and decreases signs of inflammation in patients with painful hand osteoarthritis.

Newswise: Ultrasound to Guide Treatment Strategy Not Beneficial in Early RA
6-Nov-2019 12:00 PM EST
Ultrasound to Guide Treatment Strategy Not Beneficial in Early RA
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

According to new research findings presented this week at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting, a treatment strategy guided by ultrasound information use does not appear to provide better treatment decisions in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis.

Newswise: Down Syndrome Arthropathy Diagnosis Typically Delayed a Year, Optimal Treatments Still Unclear
6-Nov-2019 12:00 PM EST
Down Syndrome Arthropathy Diagnosis Typically Delayed a Year, Optimal Treatments Still Unclear
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

A new study found that patients with Down syndrome arthropathy continue to have an approximate year-long delay in diagnosis from the onset of their symptoms, and that optimal therapy for this condition remains unclear (Abstract # 2722).

Newswise: Children with Down Syndrome at Increased Risk for Associated Inflammatory, Erosive Arthritis
6-Nov-2019 12:00 PM EST
Children with Down Syndrome at Increased Risk for Associated Inflammatory, Erosive Arthritis
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

A new study finds that children with Down syndrome are at an increased risk of an associated form of arthritis.

6-Nov-2019 12:00 PM EST
Half of People with RA Treated with Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors for Cancer Experience Flare, but Most Able to Continue Treatment
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

A new study found that cancer patients with a pre-existing autoimmune disease receiving immune checkpoint inhibitors as treatment are likely to experience a flare.

Newswise: Biologics Offer Similar Disease Activity Improvement for Both Elderly-Onset and Young-Onset RA Patients
6-Nov-2019 12:00 PM EST
Biologics Offer Similar Disease Activity Improvement for Both Elderly-Onset and Young-Onset RA Patients
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

According to new research findings presented this week at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting, both patients with rheumatoid arthritis whose disease onset occurred at an older age and those whose disease onset occurred earlier in life have similar improvements in clinical disease at 48 weeks after starting biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, as well as similar drug maintenance and adverse events discontinuation rates.

6-Nov-2019 12:00 PM EST
Live Zoster Vaccine Safe and Effective for People Taking TNF Inhibitors
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

According to new research findings presented this week at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting, the live zoster virus vaccine is safe for people who are currently receiving tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) biologic therapies for various indications.

Newswise: For People with OA, Opioids Offer Minor Pain Relief and Function Benefits, but No Quality of Life Benefit
6-Nov-2019 12:00 PM EST
For People with OA, Opioids Offer Minor Pain Relief and Function Benefits, but No Quality of Life Benefit
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

New research presented at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting suggests that opioids contribute no measurable benefit to quality of life or depression for patients with osteoarthritis (OA).

Newswise: ADA2 is a Sensitive, Specific Biomarker for Life-Threatening Macrophage Activation Syndrome in Systemic JIA
6-Nov-2019 12:00 PM EST
ADA2 is a Sensitive, Specific Biomarker for Life-Threatening Macrophage Activation Syndrome in Systemic JIA
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

According to new research findings presented at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting, adenosine deaminase 2 (ADA2) in the peripheral blood is a sensitive, specific biomarker for macrophage activation syndrome, a potentially life-threatening complication of systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (systemic JIA)

6-Nov-2019 12:00 PM EST
Methotrexate Significantly Reduces Joint Damage Progression Over Placebo in Erosive Hand OA, and May Facilitate Bone Remodeling
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

According to new research findings presented at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting, methotrexate did not demonstrate superior efficacy over placebo for pain relief and function evolution at three and 12 months in patients with erosive hand osteoarthritis, but did significantly reduce the progression of joint damage over placebo and seems to facilitate bone remodeling in these patients

Newswise: Study Finds that Psoriasis Onset Determines if Psoriatic Arthritis Patients Develop Arthritis or Psoriasis First
6-Nov-2019 12:00 PM EST
Study Finds that Psoriasis Onset Determines if Psoriatic Arthritis Patients Develop Arthritis or Psoriasis First
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

In a new study presented at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting, researchers found that the age of psoriasis onset determines whether arthritis or psoriasis starts first in people with psoriatic arthritis. Additionally, they found that pustular psoriasis is associated with arthritis onset two years earlier than the intercept interval; and there is an increased delay for nail involvement, plaque psoriasis or family history of psoriasis from psoriasis to arthritis by approximately two years for each characteristic.(Abstract #2854).

6-Nov-2019 12:00 PM EST
Atmospheric and Environmental Changes Impact Organ-Specific Lupus Flares
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

New research findings presented at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting found a strong association between changes in atmospheric and environmental variables 10 days before a clinic visit and organ-specific lupus flares in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (Abstract #695).

Newswise: Gadolinium-Enhanced MRI of Shoulders Improves Diagnostic Accuracy and Helps Predict Polymyalgia Rheumatica Recurrence
6-Nov-2019 12:00 PM EST
Gadolinium-Enhanced MRI of Shoulders Improves Diagnostic Accuracy and Helps Predict Polymyalgia Rheumatica Recurrence
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

According to new research findings presented this week at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting, use of gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in shoulders of patients with polymyalgia rheumatica may contribute to more accurate diagnosis and prediction of recurrence. Gadolinium-enhanced MRI displayed capsulitis, rotator cuff tendinitis and focal osteitis in shoulders that was relatively specific to patients with polymyalgia rheumatica (Abstract #1161).


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