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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538835/ghrelin-plasma-levels-gastric-ghrelin-cell-density-and-bone-mineral-density-in-women-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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F A N Maksud, A M Kakehasi, M F B R Guimarães, C J Machado, A J A Barbosa
Generalized bone loss can be considered an extra-articular manifestation of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) that may lead to the occurrence of fractures, resulting in decreased quality of life and increased healthcare costs. The peptide ghrelin has demonstrated to positively affect osteoblasts in vitro and has anti-inflammatory actions, but the studies that correlate ghrelin plasma levels and RA have contradictory results. We aimed to evaluate the correlation between total ghrelin plasma levels, density of ghrelin-immunoreactive cells in the gastric mucosa, and bone mineral density (BMD) in twenty adult women with established RA with 6 months or more of symptoms (mean age of 52...
May 18, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538163/metabolic-signatures-of-t-cells-and-macrophages-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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REVIEW
Cornelia M Weyand, Markus Zeisbrich, Jörg J Goronzy
In most autoimmune diseases, a decade-long defect in self-tolerance eventually leads to clinically relevant, tissue-destructive inflammatory disease. The pathogenic potential of chronic persistent immune responses during the pre-clinical and clinical phase is ultimately linked to the bioenergetic fitness of innate and adaptive immune cells. Chronic immune cell stimulation, high cellular turn-over, structural damage to the host tissue and maladaptive wound healing, all require a reliable supply of nutrients, oxygen, and biosynthetic precursors...
May 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535620/a-case-of-false-positive-troponin-i-in-a-patient-affected-by-cryoglobulinemic-vasculitis
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M Bellan, M Pirisi, G Bellomo, P P Sainaghi
Troponin I (TnI) false positive results have been reported in patients affected by immune disorders. We report the case of a 74-year-old woman affected by cryoglobulinemic vasculitis, admitted to the Emergency Room because of a lipotimic episode. A marked elevation of TnI plasma concentration was confirmed in multiple determinations, despite the absence of symptoms or electrocardiogram findings suggesting myocardial infarction. TnI plasma concentration was reported normal after re-testing with a different commercial kit...
May 22, 2017: Reumatismo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535619/prevalence-and-incidence-of-osteoporotic-fractures-in-patients-on-long-term-glucocorticoid-treatment-for-rheumatic-diseases-the-glucocorticoid-induced-osteoporosis-tool-giotto-study
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M Rossini, O Viapiana, M Vitiello, N Malavolta, G La Montagna, S Maddali Bongi, O Di Munno, R Nuti, C U Manzini, C Ferri, L Bogliolo, A Mathieu, F Cantatore, A Del Puente, M Muratore, W Grassi, B Frediani, G Saviola, P Delvino, L Mirone, G Ferraccioli, G Tripi, I Piazza, D Gatti
Osteoporosis and fractures are common and invalidating consequences of chronic glucorticoid (GC) treatment. Reliable information regarding the epidemiology of GC induced osteoporosis (GIOP) comes exclusively from the placebo group of randomized clinical trials while observational studies are generally lacking data on the real prevalence of vertebral fractures, GC dosage and primary diagnosis. The objective of this study was to evaluate the prevalence and incidence of osteoporotic fractures and to identify their major determinants (primary disease, GC dosage, bone mineral density, risk factors, specific treatment for GIOP) in a large cohort of consecutive patients aged >21 years, on chronic treatment with GC (≥5 mg prednisone - PN - equivalent) and attending rheumatology centers located all over Italy...
May 22, 2017: Reumatismo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535545/portuguese-recommendations-for-the-use-of-methotrexate-in-rheumatic-diseases-2016-update
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Ana Catarina Duarte, Daniela Santos-Faria, Maria João Gonçalves, Alexandre Sepriano, Ana Filipa Mourão, Cátia Duarte, Joana Sousa Neves, Ana Filipa Águeda, Pedro Ávila Ribeiro, Alexandra Daniel, Adriano Neto, Ana Cordeiro, Ana Rodrigues, Anabela Barcelos, Cândida Silva, Cristina Ponte, Elsa Vieira-Sousa, Filipa Teixeira, Filipa Oliveira-Ramos, Filipe Araújo, Filipe Barcelos, Helena Canhão, Helena Santos, João Ramos, Joaquim Pereira, José Costa, José António Melo Gomes, Luís Cunha-Miranda, Lúcia Costa, Marcos Cerqueira, Margarida Cruz, Maria José Santos, Miguel Bernardes, Paula Oliveira, Pedro Abreu, Ricardo Figueira, Rita Barros, Sandra Falcão, Patrícia Pinto, Sofia Pimenta, Susana Capela, Vitor Teixeira, João Eurico Fonseca
BACKGROUND: Methotrexate (MTX) is the first-line drug in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and the most commonly prescribed disease modifying anti-rheumatic drug. Moreover, it is also used as an adjuvant drug in patients under biologic therapies, enhancing the efficacy of biologic agents. OBJECTIVES: To review the literature and update the Portuguese recommendations for the use of MTX in rheumatic diseases first published in 2009. METHODS: The first Portuguese guidelines for the use of MTX in rheumatic diseases were published in 2009 and were integrated in the multinational 3E Initiative (Evidence Expertise Exchange) project...
May 9, 2017: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535544/portuguese-recommendations-for-the-use-of-biological-therapies-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-2016-update
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Catia Duarte, Joana Sousa-Neves, Ana Águeda, Pedro Ribeiro, Alexandra Daniel, Gisela Eugénio, Sofia Serra, Filipe Araújo, Anabela Barcelos, Barcelos Filipe, Miguel Bernardes, Helena Canhão, Marcos Cerqueira, Susana Capela, Ana Cordeiro, Flavio Costa, Lucia Costa, Margarida Cruz, Luis Cunha Miranda, Catarina Duarte, Sandra Falcão, Daniela Faria, Ricardo Figueira, João Pedro Freitas, Maria João Gonçalves, João Madruga Dias, José Melo Gomes, Ana Filipa Mourão, Adriano Neto, Filipa Oliveira Ramos, Sofia Pimenta, Patricia Pinto, Joaquim Polido Pereira, Cristina Ponte, João Ramos, Ana Rodrigues, Helena Santos, Maria José Santos, Alexandre Sepriano, Candida Silva, José Tavares Costa, Filipa Teixeira, Vitor Teixeira, Paula Valente, Elsa Vieira-Sousa, Rita Barros, Pedro Abreu, João Eurico Fonseca
OBJECTIVE: To update the recommendations for the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) with biological therapies, endorsed by the Portuguese Society of Rheumatology (SPR). METHODS: These treatment recommendations were formulated by Portuguese rheumatologists based on literature evidence and consensus opinion. At a national meeting the 10 recommendations were discussed and updated. The document resulting from this meeting circulated to all Portuguese rheumatologists, who anonymously voted online on the level of agreement with the recommendations...
May 4, 2017: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535535/inflammation-is-an-important-covariate-for-the-crosstalk-of-sleep-and-the-hpa-axis-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Rainer H Straub, Jaqueline Detert, René Dziurla, Ingo Fietze, Peter-Andreas Loeschmann, Gerd R Burmester, Frank Buttgereit
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients have sleep problems, and inflammation influences sleep. We demonstrated that sleep quality improves during intensified treatment with methotrexate (MTX) or etanercept (ETA). Since the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis is involved in sleep regulation, this study investigated the interrelation between sleep parameters, inflammation as objectified by C-reactive protein (CRP), and serum cortisol and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) levels. Thirty-one eligible patients (disease activity score, DAS28CRP ≥3...
May 24, 2017: Neuroimmunomodulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535470/pharmacophore-guided-discovery-of-small-molecule-interleukin-15-inhibitors
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Barbara Żyżyńska-Granica, Bartosz Trzaskowski, Szymon Niewieczerzał, Sławomir Filipek, Oliwia Zegrocka-Stendel, Małgorzata Dutkiewicz, Piotr Krzeczyński, Magdalena Kowalewska, Katarzyna Koziak
Upregulation of interleukin 15 (IL-15) contributes directly i.a. to the development of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Selective blockade of IL-15 aimed to treat rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and other IL-15-related disorders has been recognized as an efficient therapeutic method. The aim of the study was to identify small molecules which would interact with IL-15 or its receptor IL-15Rα and inhibit the cytokine's activity. Based on the crystal structure of IL-15Rα·IL-15, we created pharmacophore models to screen the ZINC database of chemical compounds for potential IL-15 and IL-15Rα inhibitors...
May 12, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534161/autoantibodies-to-osteoprotegerin-are-associated-with-low-hip-bone-mineral-density-and-history-of-fractures-in-axial-spondyloarthritis-a-cross-sectional-observational-study
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Barbara Hauser, Sizheng Zhao, Micaela R Visconti, Philip L Riches, William D Fraser, Isabelle Piec, Nicola J Goodson, Stuart H Ralston
Osteoporosis is a recognised complication of axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) and is thought to be due to functional impairment and the osteoclast-activating effects of proinflammatory cytokines. The development of autoantibodies to OPG (OPG-Ab) has been associated with severe osteoporosis and increased bone resorption in rheumatoid arthritis. In this study, we screened for the presence of OPG-Ab in axSpA and reviewed their clinical significance. We studied 134 patients, recruited from two centres in the United Kingdom...
May 22, 2017: Calcified Tissue International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534075/comparison-between-different-disease-activity-scores-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-an-egyptian-multicenter-study
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M Eissa, A El Shafey, M Hammad
The aim of our work was to assess the performance of different Disease Activity Score (DAS) other than DAS-ESR in daily clinical practice in our Egyptian outpatient clinics and also to evaluate the accuracy of European League Against Rheumatism Classification (EULAR) proposed cutoffs for these scores to stratify Egyptian patients into different categories of disease activity. This study is a cross-sectional Egyptian multicenter study. It included 130 rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients who visited our Rheumatology and Rehabilitation outpatient and inpatient clinics; 80 patients from Cairo University Hospitals and 50 patients from Zagazig University Hospitals...
May 22, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532672/molecular-insights-into-the-differences-in-anti-inflammatory-activities-of-green-tea-catechins-on-il-1%C3%AE-signaling-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-synovial-fibroblasts
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Sabrina Fechtner, Anil Singh, Mukesh Chourasia, Salahuddin Ahmed
In this study, we found that catechins found in green tea (EGCG, EGC, and EC) differentially interfere with the IL-1β signaling pathway which regulates the expression of pro-inflammatory mediators (IL-6 and IL-8) and Cox-2 in primary human rheumatoid arthritis synovial fibroblasts (RASFs). EGCG and EGC inhibited IL-6, IL-8, and MMP-2 production and selectively inhibited Cox-2 expression. EC did not exhibit any inhibitory effects. When we looked at the expression of key signaling proteins in the IL-1β signaling pathway, we found all the tested catechins could inhibit TAK-1 activity...
May 19, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532574/prevalence-and-correlates-of-hepatitis-c-virus-associated-inflammatory-arthritis-in-a-population-based-cohort
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Elizabeth D Ferucci, Tammy L Choromanski, Danielle T Varney, Holly S Ryan, Lisa J Townshend-Bulson, Brian J McMahon, Mark H Wener
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to determine the prevalence of hepatitis C virus-associated inflammatory arthritis, to describe its clinical and immunologic correlates, and to identify features that are characteristic of arthritis in chronic hepatitis C. METHODS: Participants with chronic hepatitis C infection enrolled in a population-based cohort study in Alaska and who had not received anti-viral treatment for hepatitis C were recruited. In a cross-sectional study, we assessed joint symptoms and signs, performed autoantibody and cytokine testing, and abstracted medical records for features of hepatitis C and arthritis...
April 24, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532573/global-assessments-of-disease-activity-are-age-dependent-determinant-factors-of-clinical-remission-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Hideki Ito, Takehisa Ogura, Ayako Hirata, Sayaka Takenaka, Kennosuke Mizushina, Yuki Fujisawa, Takaharu Katagiri, Norihide Hayashi, Hideto Kameda
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study is to assess the factors associated with clinical remission of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in daily clinical practice. METHODS: This analysis was based on the data of 304 RA patients in our center between May 2014 and March 2015. The following information was included: tender, swollen, and symptomatic joint counts, patient's and physician's global assessments, functional disability, laboratory and radiographic data, and RA treatments received...
April 28, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532468/translation-cultural-adaptation-and-validation-of-the-english-short-form-sf-12v2-into-bengali-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
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Nazrul Islam, Ikramul Hasan Khan, Nira Ferdous, Johannes J Rasker
BACKGROUND: To develop a culturally adapted and validated Bengali Short Form SF 12v2 among Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. METHODS: The English SF 12v2 was translated, adapted and back translated into and from Bengali, pre-tested by 60 patients. The Bengali SF 12v2 was administered twice with 14 days interval to 130 Bangladeshi RA patients. The psychometric properties of the Bengali SF 12v2 were assessed. Test-retest reliability was assessed by intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC) and Spearman's rank correlation coefficient and internal consistency by Cronbach's alpha...
May 22, 2017: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532452/psychometric-properties-of-the-paindetect-questionnaire-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-psoriatic-arthritis-and-spondyloarthritis-rasch-analysis-and-test-retest-reliability
#15
Signe Rifbjerg-Madsen, Eva Ejlersen Wæhrens, Bente Danneskiold-Samsøe, Kirstine Amris
BACKGROUND: Pain is inherent in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and spondyloarthritis (SpA) and traditionally considered to be of nociceptive origin. Emerging data suggest a potential role of augmented central pain mechanisms in subsets of patients, thus, valid instruments that can identify underlying pain mechanisms are needed. The painDETECT questionnaire (PDQ) was originally designed to differentiate between pain phenotypes. The objectives were to evaluate the psychometric properties of the PDQ in patients with inflammatory arthritis by applying Rasch analysis and to explore the reliability of pain classification by test-retest...
May 22, 2017: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532395/factors-associated-with-hand-joint-destruction-in-chinese-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Lijuan Zhang, Jing Wang, Qiuxiang Zhang, Ting Fu, Rulan Yin, Ze Wang, Liren Li, Xianhua Wu, Zhifeng Gu
BACKGROUND: There have been no previous report of hand joint destruction prevalence in Chinese rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence and potential factors of hand joint destruction among RA patients from Nantong China. In addition, we wanted to examine the differences between functional capacity, psychological status, and quality of life in patients with hand joint destruction compared to those without hand joint destruction...
May 22, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532196/fetal-and-neonatal-involvement-in-maternal-rheumatologic-disease
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Shigeo Iijima
A pregnancy complicated with rheumatologic diseases can have various influences on the fetus and/or neonate. Maternal systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) may cause preterm and/or small for gestational age (SGA) delivery and neonatal lupus (NL). Some neonates with NL have congenital heart block (CHB) with increased morbidity and mortality, even requiring pacemakers. Antiphospholipid syndrome may occur with SLE and affect fetal and/or neonatal outcomes. Pregnancy involving primary Sjögren syndrome (pSS) tends to result in preterm delivery and low birthweight infants...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530768/perioperative-management-of-rheumatoid-medications-in-orthopedic-surgery
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Kunal Sindhu, Brian Cohen, Joseph A Gil
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, systemic autoimmune disorder known to cause progressive joint destruction. Over time, untreated RA can lead to pain and increasing disability, making orthopedic intervention necessary. The treatment of RA revolves around a variety of medications that blunt the overall immune response. However, this may increase the risk of infection and impair wound healing. Given the nature of this disease, orthopedists frequently encounter patients with RA in the operative setting. To optimize surgical outcomes, orthopedists must carefully manage and pay special attention to the adverse side effects of the complicated medication regimens of these patients perioperatively...
May 20, 2017: Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530766/right-ring-finger-volar-mass-in-a-14-year-old-boy
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Mary P Fox, Jack E McKay, Randall D Craver, Nicholas D Pappas
A trigger digit is relatively uncommon in adolescents and often has a different etiology in that age group vs adults. In the pediatric population, trigger digits frequently arise from a variety of underlying anatomic situations, including thickening of the flexor digitorum superficialis or flexor digitorum profundus tendons, an abnormal relationship between the flexor digitorum superficialis and flexor digitorum profundus tendons, a proximal flexor digitorum superficialis decussation, or constriction of the pulleys...
May 20, 2017: Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530519/does-a-one-size-fits-all-cost-sharing-approach-incentivize-appropriate-medication-use-a-roundtable-on-the-fairness-and-ethics-associated-with-variable-cost-sharing
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Jennifer S Graff, Chuck Shih, Thomas Barker, Gabriela Dieguez, Cheryl Larson, Helen Sherman, Robert W Dubois
BACKGROUND: Tiered formularies, in which patients pay copays or coinsurance out-of-pocket (OOP), are used to manage costs and encourage more efficient health care resource use. Formulary tiers are typically based on the cost of treatment rather than the medical appropriateness for the patient. Cost sharing may have unintended consequences on treatment adherence and health outcomes. Use of higher-cost, higher-tier medications can be due to a variety of factors, including unsuccessful treatment because of lack of efficacy or side effects, patient clinical or genetic characteristics, patient preferences to avoid potential side effects, or patient preferences based on the route of administration...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
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