January 2009 Briefing - Rheumatology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Rheumatology for January 2009. 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.

Clinical Information Technology Leads to Safer Hospitals

TUESDAY, Jan. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitals that make use of clinical information technology to automate notes, records, order entry and clinical decision support have lower mortality rates, fewer complications and also save money, according to a report published in the Jan. 26 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Prolonged Use of Loop Diuretics May Raise Fracture Risk

MONDAY, Jan. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Postmenopausal women who use loop diuretics are at increased risk of fractures, according to a report published in the Jan. 26 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Meditation Practice Linked to Less Pain Sensitivity

MONDAY, Jan. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Experience in Zen meditation is associated with reduced pain sensitivity, a finding supporting the value of mindfulness-based meditation, according to research published in the January issue of Psychosomatic Medicine.

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Review Explores Benefits of Injections for Back Pain

MONDAY, Jan. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Randomized controlled trials examining injection treatment for lower back pain show no beneficial effect and are often of poor quality, according to a review in the Jan. 1 issue of Spine.

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Arthritis Patients, Providers Disagree About Knee Surgery

MONDAY, Jan. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with osteoarthritis and their providers often disagree about the severity of their disease, and the risks and benefits of knee replacement surgery, which affects patient satisfaction and likelihood of adhering to treatment recommendations, according to a report in the Jan. 15 issue of Arthritis Care & Research.

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Arthritic Teens Need Help in Adult Health Care Transition

MONDAY, Jan. 12 (HealthDay News) -- While adolescents with arthritis often discuss adult health care needs and self-management with their provider, few discuss specifics such as acquiring adult health insurance or switching to an adult provider, according to an article in the Jan. 15 issue of Arthritis Care & Research.

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Heredity Plays Key Role in Risk of Disc Degeneration

FRIDAY, Jan. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Contrary to the common view that disc degeneration is a result of aging and wear and tear, heredity plays a significant role in the risk of lumbar degeneration, researchers report in the January issue of The Spine Journal.

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Oral Bisphosphonate Use Linked to Osteonecrosis of the Jaw

MONDAY, Jan. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Osteonecrosis of the jaw may be more common in people who have used the oral bisphosphonate Fosamax than data has previously reported, especially following tooth extraction, according to an article published online Jan. 1 in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

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