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Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology

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R L Roerdink, M Dietvorst
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 18, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485187/tumour-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-etanercept-complexes-in-serum-predict-long-term-efficacy-of-etanercept-treatment-in-seronegative-rheumatoid-arthritis
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E Berthold, B Månsson, B Gullstrand, P Geborek, T Saxne, A A Bengtsson, R Kahn
OBJECTIVE: To study whether serum levels of tumour necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), free or bound to etanercept, in biological-naïve adults with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) could predict the long-term efficacy of etanercept, measured as drug survival. METHOD: We identified 145 biological-naïve patients with RA starting treatment with etanercept at the Department of Rheumatology, Skåne University Hospital (1999-2008), of whom 16 had seronegative and 129 seropositive RA...
May 9, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485181/higher-risk-of-incident-ankylosing-spondylitis-in-patients-with-uveitis-a-secondary-cohort-analysis-of-a-nationwide-population-based-health-claims-database
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M-C Lu, B-B Hsu, M Koo, N-S Lai
OBJECTIVES: Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a progressive, systemic, inflammatory autoimmune disease that typically affects young adults. Uveitis is a common extra-articular manifestation of AS. Nevertheless, the magnitude of the risk of AS among patients with uveitis is not clear. The aim of this secondary retrospective cohort study was to investigate the risk of incident AS in patients with uveitis using data from a nationwide, population-based health claims research database. METHOD: Using Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database, we identified 6637 patients with uveitis between 2000 and 2012...
May 9, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482738/hepcidin-plasma-levels-are-not-associated-with-changes-in-haemoglobin-in-early-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
#4
R D Østgård, H Glerup, A G Jurik, T W Kragstrup, K Stengaard-Pedersen, M L Hetland, K Hørslev-Petersen, P Junker, B W Deleuran
OBJECTIVE: A reduction in haemoglobin level is a frequent complication among rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. Hepcidin has been linked to disturbed erythropoiesis. The objective of this study was to investigate the longitudinal changes in hepcidin in patients with early RA. METHOD: Hepcidin plasma concentrations were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in patients with early RA (n = 80) and healthy volunteers (HV, n = 40). Haemoglobin and other iron-related proteins were also measured...
May 9, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480784/tocilizumab-reduced-production-of-systemic-sclerosis-related-autoantibodies-and-anti-cyclic-citrullinated-protein-antibodies-in-two-patients-with-overlapping-systemic-sclerosis-and-rheumatoid-arthritis
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M Kono, S Yasuda, M Kono, T Atsumi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 8, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367663/three-out-of-four-disease-modifying-anti-rheumatic-drug-na%C3%A3-ve-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-meet-28-joint-disease-activity-score-remission-at-12%C3%A2-months-results-from-the-fin-era-cohort
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T Rannio, J Asikainen, P Hannonen, T Yli-Kerttula, P Ekman, L Pirilä, L Kuusalo, M Mali, M Puurtinen-Vilkki, S Kortelainen, J Paltta, K Taimen, M Kauppi, K Laiho, S Nyrhinen, H Mäkinen, P Isomäki, T Uotila, K Aaltonen, H Kautiainen, T Sokka
OBJECTIVE: To assess what proportion of patients with disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD)-naïve early rheumatoid arthritis (ERA) reach 28-joint Disease Activity Score (DAS28) remission over 1 year, and remission variability across clinics in Finland. METHOD: Patients with DMARD-naïve newly diagnosed inflammatory arthritis were recruited. The proportion of patients in 28-joint Disease Activity Score with three variables (DAS28-3) remission was compared across sites...
April 3, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303758/beneficial-effect-of-n-3-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-on-inflammation-and-analgesic-use-in-psoriatic-arthritis-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial
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S Kristensen, E B Schmidt, A Schlemmer, C Rasmussen, M B Johansen, J H Christensen
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the effects of marine n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) on disease activity, use of analgesics, and inflammatory biomarkers in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA). METHOD: Patients with established PsA (n = 145) were investigated in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. The participants received a supplement of 3 g n-3 PUFA/day or 3 g olive oil/day (control) for 24 weeks. Outcome measures for disease activity, use of analgesics, and leukotriene formation from activated granulocytes were assessed at baseline and at study end...
March 17, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303752/bone-morphogenetic-proteins-and-dickkopf-1-in-ankylosing-spondylitis
#8
H-T Liao, Y-F Lin, C-Y Tsai, T-C Chou
OBJECTIVES: To determine bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) and Dickkopf homologue-1 (Dkk-1) levels in ankylosing spondylitis (AS). METHOD: Serum BMPs and Dkk-1 were measured in 72 AS patients and 30 healthy controls. For AS patients, we recorded the demographic data, disease activity, functional index, and global assessment with questionnaires, and image changes with roentgenography. We also measured human leucocyte antigen-B27 and systemic inflammatory reactants...
March 17, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303747/self-reported-physical-capacity-and-activity-in-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis-and-matched-controls
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H Pettersson, A Åkerström, A Nordin, E Svenungsson, H Alexanderson, C Boström
OBJECTIVE: The aim was to investigate differences in self-reported physical capacity and activity between systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients and population-based controls, as well as between patients with normal-mild, or moderate-severe, lung disease and their respective controls. METHOD: The study included 106 patients fulfilling the American College of Rheumatology SSc criteria and 106 controls, individually matched for age and gender. Patients were subdivided into normal-mild and moderate-severe lung disease based on results from pulmonary function tests and SSc severity scale...
March 17, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293973/exploring-the-relationship-between-demographic-and-disease-related-variables-and-perceived-effect-of-health-status-on-sexual-activity-in-patients-with-axial-spondyloarthritis-associations-found-only-with-non-disease-variables
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K H Berg, G Rohde, A Prøven, E Almås, Eep Benestad, M Østensen, G Haugeberg
OBJECTIVE: To explore the relationship between demographic and disease-related variables and the perceived effect of health status on sexual activity in patients with axial spondyloarthritis (ax-SpA). METHOD: The study assessed 379 ax-SpA patients consecutively recruited from two rheumatology outpatient clinics. Data collection included information on demographics, markers and measures of ax-SpA disease, treatment, comorbidity, and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) using the Short Form-36...
March 15, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293972/a-comparison-of-patients-and-physicians-assessments-of-disease-activity-using-the-swedish-version-of-the-systemic-lupus-activity-questionnaire
#11
S Pettersson, E Svenungsson, J Gustafsson, S Möller, I Gunnarsson, E Welin Henriksson
OBJECTIVES: We compared patients' assessments of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) disease activity by a Swedish version of the Systemic Lupus Activity Questionnaire (SLAQ) with physicians' assessments by the Systemic Lupus Activity Measure (SLAM) and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Disease Activity Index 2000 (SLEDAI-2K). We also explored the performance of the SLAQ in patients with short (< 1 year) versus long (≥ 1 year) disease duration. METHOD: Patients filled out the SLAQ before physicians' assessments...
March 15, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266235/canakinumab-for-first-line-steroid-free-treatment-in-a-child-with-systemic-onset-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis
#12
G Horneff, J Peitz, J Kekow, D Foell
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 7, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276951/successful-treatment-with-ustekinumab-for-corticosteroid-and-immunosuppressant-resistant-takayasu-s-arteritis
#13
R Yachoui, M Kreidy, M Siorek, R Sehgal
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 3, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276952/magnetic-resonance-imaging-detected-digital-artery-stenosis-associated-with-raynaud-s-phenomenon-in-a-patient-with-anti-signal-recognition-particle-antibody-associated-myopathy-a-rare-complication
#14
M Horikoshi, T Kumagai, K Takagi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900875/unprecedented-success-of-rituximab-therapy-for-prednisolone-and-immunosuppressant-resistant-systemic-sclerosis-associated-interstitial-lung-disease
#15
S Ebata, A Yoshizaki, T Fukasawa, K Nakamura, T Yamashita, S Miura, R Saigusa, Y Ichimura, T Takahashi, M Hirabayashi, T Taniguchi, K Akamata, Y Asano, S Sato
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27471798/choosing-wisely-in-daily-practice-a-mixed-methods-study-on-determinants-of-antinuclear-antibody-testing-by-rheumatologists
#16
N Lesuis, A A den Broeder, R F van Vollenhoven, J E Vriezekolk, Mejl Hulscher
OBJECTIVES: To explore the relationship between antinuclear antibody (ANA) overuse and rheumatologist-related factors before and after an intervention aimed at reducing ANA overuse. METHOD: In this mixed methods study we performed surveys among rheumatologists (n = 20) before and after the ANA intervention (education and feedback). We identified clinician-related determinants of ANA overuse (demographic characteristics, cognitive bias, numeracy, personality, thinking styles, and knowledge) by multivariate analysis...
May 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27466000/clinical-effectiveness-and-cost-effectiveness-of-foot-orthoses-for-people-with-established-rheumatoid-arthritis-an-exploratory-clinical-trial
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K Rome, H Clark, J Gray, P McMeekin, M Plant, J Dixon
OBJECTIVES: Foot orthoses are commonly prescribed as an intervention for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Data relating to the cost-effectiveness of foot orthoses in people with RA are limited. The aim was to evaluate the clinical and cost-effectiveness of two types of foot orthoses in people with established RA. METHOD: A single-blind randomized controlled trial was undertaken to compare custom-made foot orthoses (CMFOs) and simple insoles (SIs) in 41 people with established RA...
May 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27440169/association-between-specimen-length-and-diagnostic-yield-of-temporal-artery-biopsy
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C Grossman, I Ben-Zvi, I Barshack, G Bornstein
OBJECTIVES: Temporal artery biopsy (TAB) is performed in patients suspected of giant cell arteritis (GCA). Inadequate TAB specimen length is considered a possible explanation for a negative biopsy in patients with GCA. We investigated the association between specimen length and diagnostic yield of TAB. METHOD: We conducted a retrospective analysis of 240 patients who underwent TAB in a single hospital between 2000 and 2015. Patients were diagnosed with GCA based on positive TAB or, when TAB was negative, on clinical grounds that fulfilled the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) 1990 criteria...
May 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27440135/investigation-of-the-genetic-overlap-between-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-psoriatic-arthritis-in-a-greek-population
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E Myrthianou, M I Zervou, A Budu-Aggrey, E Eliopoulos, D Kardassis, D T Boumpas, N Kougkas, A Barton, P Sidiropoulos, G N Goulielmos
OBJECTIVES: Several rheumatoid arthritis (RA) susceptibility loci have also been found to be associated with psoriatic arthritis (PsA), demonstrating that there is a degree of genetic overlap between various autoimmune diseases. We sought to investigate whether single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) mapping to previously reported RA and/or PsA susceptibility loci, including PLCL2, CCL21, REL, STAT4, CD226, PTPN22, and TYK2, are associated with risk for the two diseases in a genetically homogeneous Greek population...
May 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
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Eam Mahler, N Cuperus, Jjw Bijlsma, Tpm Vliet Vlieland, Fhj van den Hoogen, A A den Broeder, C H van den Ende
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
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