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Current Rheumatology Reports

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28994016/cardiopulmonary-manifestations-of-collagen-vascular-diseases
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Hamza Jawad, Sebastian R McWilliams, Sanjeev Bhalla
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The study aimed to illustrate the cardiopulmonary findings of the following collagen vascular diseases on cross-sectional imaging: rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma (progressive systemic sclerosis), systemic lupus erythematosus, the inflammatory myopathies (polymyositis/dermatomyositis), and Sjögren's syndrome. RECENT FINDINGS: Although collagen vascular diseases can affect any part of the body, interstitial lung disease and pulmonary hypertension are the two most important cardiopulmonary complications and are responsible for the majority of morbidity and mortality in this patient population...
October 9, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28983880/cannabis-and-cannabinoids-for-chronic-pain
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E Alfonso Romero-Sandoval, Ashley L Kolano, P Abigail Alvarado-Vázquez
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this study was to provide the most up-to-date scientific evidence of the potential analgesic effects, or lack thereof, of the marijuana plant (cannabis) or cannabinoids, and of safety or tolerability of their long-term use. RECENT FINDINGS: We found that inhaled (smoked or vaporized) cannabis is consistently effective in reducing chronic non-cancer pain. Oral cannabinoids seem to improve some aspects of chronic pain (sleep and general quality of life), or cancer chronic pain, but they do not seem effective in acute postoperative pain, abdominal chronic pain, or rheumatoid pain...
October 5, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28983873/updates-in-lupus-genetics
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Yun Deng, Betty P Tsao
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Our understanding on genetic basis of SLE has been advanced through genome-wide association studies. We review recent progress in lupus genetics with a focus on SLE-associated loci that have been functionally characterized, and discuss the potential for clinical translation of genetics data. RECENT FINDINGS: Over 100 loci have been confirmed to show robust association with SLE and many share with other immune-mediated diseases. Although causative variants captured at these established loci are limited, they guide biological studies of gene targets for functional characterization which highlight the importance of aberrant recognition of self-nucleic acid, type I interferon overproduction, and defective immune cell signaling underlying the pathogenesis of SLE...
October 5, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28983775/deficiency-of-adenosine-deaminase-2-dada2-an-inherited-cause-of-polyarteritis-nodosa-and-a-mimic-of-other-systemic-rheumatologic-disorders
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Hasan Hashem, Susan J Kelly, Nancy J Ganson, Michael S Hershfield
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: A new autoinflammatory disease, deficiency of adenosine deaminase 2 (DADA2), caused by mutations in the CECR1 gene, was first reported in 2014. This review aims to update progress in defining, treating, and understanding this multi-faceted disorder. RECENT FINDINGS: DADA2 was first described in patients with systemic inflammation, mild immune deficiency, and vasculopathy manifested as recurrent stroke or polyarteritis nodosa (PAN). More than 125 patients have now been reported, and the phenotype has expanded to include children and adults presenting primarily with pure red cell aplasia (PRCA), or with antibody deficiency...
October 5, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28983760/chikungunya-virus-associated-disease
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C Hua, B Combe
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) infection has become increasingly prevalent in the last decade not only across the southern hemisphere but also, because of a recently documented viral mutation, in southern Europe and the USA. With the global spread of CHIKV infection, practitioners should know its epidemiology, pathophysiology and clinical features. RECENT FINDINGS: The acute phase of CHIKV disease is characterised by a fever-arthralgia-rash syndrome...
October 5, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921409/the-duality-of-economic-issues-with-medication-non-adherence-in-patients-with-inflammatory-arthritis
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Natasha K J Campbell, Khalid Saadeldin, Mary A De Vera
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In this review, we synthesize current data on non-adherence across inflammatory arthritides and explore (1) the effects of economic factors on non-adherence and (2) the impacts of non-adherence on economic outcomes. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent evidence demonstrates medication non-adherence rates as high as 74% in ankylosing spondylitis (AS), 90% in gout, 50% in psoriatic arthritis (PsA), 75% in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and 82% in rheumatoid arthritis (RA)...
September 18, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921059/very-early-systemic-sclerosis-and-pre-systemic-sclerosis-definition-recognition-clinical-relevance-and-future-directions
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Silvia Bellando-Randone, Marco Matucci-Cerinic
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The approach to systemic sclerosis (SSc) has changed over the years with an increasing focus on the very early diagnosis of the disease. The terminology identifying patients in the early phase of SSc has been significantly confusing in the last three decades. The purpose of this article is to analyze how the concept of "very early SSc" has evolved over the years, which is the role of an early diagnosis and how early treat patients. RECENT FINDINGS: Several attempts have been made over time, to create more sensitive and specific classification criteria to include the largest number of SSc patients, also in the earliest phase...
September 18, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871481/vascular-manifestations-in-antiphospholipid-syndrome-aps-is-aps-a-thrombophilia-or-a-vasculopathy
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Salma Siddique, Jessie Risse, Guillaume Canaud, Stéphane Zuily
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS) is characterized primarily by thrombosis and pregnancy morbidity. Chronic vascular lesions can also occur. While the underlying mechanisms of these vascular lesions are not entirely known, there have been multiple theories describing the potential process of vasculopathy in APS and the various clinical manifestations associated with it. RECENT FINDINGS: Recently, it has been demonstrated that endothelial proliferation in kidneys can be explained by the activation of the mammalian target of rapamycin complex (mTORC) pathway by antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL)...
September 4, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752494/epigenetics-in-sle
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Christian Michael Hedrich
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Systemic lupus erythematosus is a severe autoimmune/inflammatory condition of unknown pathophysiology. Though genetic predisposition is essential for disease expression, risk alleles in single genes are usually insufficient to confer disease. Epigenetic dysregulation has been suggested as the missing link between genetic risk and the development of clinically evident disease. RECENT FINDINGS: Over the past decade, epigenetic events moved into the focus of research targeting the molecular pathophysiology of SLE...
September 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752493/mindfulness-meditation-for-fibromyalgia-mechanistic-and-clinical-considerations
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Adrienne L Adler-Neal, Fadel Zeidan
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread pain and a spectrum of psychological comorbidities, rendering treatment difficult and often a financial burden. Fibromyalgia is a complicated chronic pain condition that requires a multimodal therapeutic approach to optimize treatment efficacy. Thus, it has been postulated that mind-body techniques may prove fruitful in treating fibromyalgia. Mindfulness meditation, a behavioral technique premised on non-reactive sensory awareness, attenuates pain and improves mental health outcomes...
September 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752492/pulmonary-involvement-in-systemic-vasculitis
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Luis Felipe Flores-Suárez, Marco A Alba, Heidegger Mateos-Toledo, Natllely Ruiz
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this study is to describe the most relevant advances concerning lung involvement in the ANCA-associated vasculitides (excluding eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis which may have different disease mechanisms). Focus is on pathophysiology, recent important imagenological procedures, treatment, and outcome. RECENT FINDINGS: Emerging information exists on potential newly investigated diagnostic procedures (v.g. transbronchial cryobiopsies), detailed tomographic abnormalities, the potential favorable role of rituximab and the still uncertain one of plasma exchange in the treatment, and the increasing description of interstitial lung disease...
September 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752491/predictors-of-osteoarthritis-pain-the-importance-of-resilience
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Emily J Bartley, Shreela Palit, Roland Staud
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common and disabling forms of arthritis worldwide, with joint pain being a primary symptom. Given that clinical symptoms often show poor concordance with tissue damage in OA, processes other than joint remodeling likely play a role in the condition. Using the biopsychosocial model of pain as a guiding framework, the purpose of this review is to highlight the extra-articular mechanisms that contribute to pain and dysfunction in OA, with a specific focus on resilience...
September 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752490/do-biologic-therapies-for-rheumatoid-arthritis-offset-treatment-related-resource-utilization-and-cost-a-review-of-the-literature-and-an-instrumental-variable-analysis
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Nick Bansback, Eric Fu, Huiying Sun, Daphne Guh, Wei Zhang, Diane Lacaille, Katherine Milbers, Aslam H Anis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: One justification for using expensive biologic therapy in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has been that it can reduce future healthcare utilization such as joint surgeries and physician visits. However, the evidence to support this assertion is unclear. We conducted a review of the literature for studies which have analyzed the trends in resource use of RA patients, and then undertook a retrospective observational analysis of a Canadian administrative database using instrumental variable methods...
September 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752489/mechanism-of-new-bone-formation-in-axial-spondyloarthritis
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Denis Poddubnyy, Joachim Sieper
PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to discuss new evidence explaining the progress from bony inflammation over repair tissue to new bone formation in axial spondyloartrhitis and its correlations in imaging and histology of the bone. RECENT FINDINGS: Data from imaging, histology and treatment interventions indicates that the disease starts with inflammation, followed by replacement of subchondral bone marrow by repair tissue which presence is crucial for the stimulation of new bone formation...
September 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752488/wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-in-osteoarthritis-and-in-other-forms-of-arthritis
#15
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Yachuan Zhou, Tingyu Wang, John L Hamilton, Di Chen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Arthritis defines a large group of diseases primarily affecting the joint. It is the leading cause of pain and disability in adults. Osteoarthritis (OA) affecting the knee or hip is the most common form among over 100 types of arthritis. Other types of arthritis include erosive hand OA, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) OA, facet joint OA, diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH), and spondyloarthritis (SpA). However, the specific molecular signals involved in the development and progression of OA and related forms of arthritis remain largely unknown...
September 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28844116/cardiometabolic-disorders-in-psoriatic-disease
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Curtis Sobchak, Lihi Eder
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Patients with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, collectively termed psoriatic disease (PsD), are at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular diseases (CVD). The purpose if this manuscript is to review recent evidence about the epidemiology and underlying mechanisms of CVD in psoriatic patients and approaches to improve the management of these comorbidities. RECENT FINDINGS: Studies have shown that CVD risk is independent of traditional cardiovascular risk factors and is related to the systemic inflammatory nature of PsD...
August 26, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28844095/pancreatic-panniculitis-and-polyarthritis
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Sebastian Zundler, Deike Strobel, Bernhard Manger, Markus F Neurath, Dane Wildner
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Polyarthritis can have numerous reasons and may thus constitute a challenge for differential diagnosis. One rare potential reason for sterile polyarthritis is underlying pancreatic disease with systemic hyperlipasemia, most often accompanied by painful skin lesions caused by a subcutaneous inflammatory process known as panniculitis. Systematic evidence on pancreatic panniculitis and polyarthritis is limited, particularly regarding its feature as facultative paraneoplasia with underlying intra- or even extra-pancreatic malignancy...
August 26, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28844088/familial-chilblain-lupus-what-can-we-learn-from-type-i-interferonopathies
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Christoph Fiehn
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Familial chilblain lupus belongs to the group of type I interferonopathies and is characterized by typical skin manifestations and acral ischaemia. This review aims to give an overview of clinical signs and the pathophysiological mechanisms. RECENT FINDINGS: There are several mutations that can lead to this autosomal dominant disease. Most frequent is a mutation of the gene for TREX-1. However, as well cases of families with mutations in the SAMHD1 gene and, recently, with one for the gene that codes for the protein stimulator of interferon genes have been described...
August 26, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28844079/gout-and-metabolic-syndrome-a-tangled-web
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Gabrielle E Thottam, Svetlana Krasnokutsky, Michael H Pillinger
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The complexity of gout continues to unravel with each new investigation. Gout sits at the intersection of multiple intrinsically complex processes, and its prevalence, impact on healthcare costs, and association with important co-morbidities make it increasingly relevant. The association between gout and type 2 diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, cardiovascular disease, renal disease, and obesity suggest that either gout, or its necessary precursor hyperuricemia, may play an important role in the manifestations of the metabolic syndrome...
August 26, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741234/direct-oral-anticoagulants-use-in-antiphospholipid-syndrome-are-these-drugs-an-effective-and-safe-alternative-to-warfarin-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature-response-to-comment
#20
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Virginie Dufrost, Jessie Risse, Denis Wahl, Stéphane Zuily
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August 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
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