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September 2007 Briefing - Rheumatology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Rheumatology for September 2007. 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.

Familiar Doctor Linked to More Satisfaction for Urgent Care

TUESDAY, Sept. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who receive urgent medical care from family physicians or after-hours clinics affiliated with their physicians are more likely to be satisfied with the encounter than patients who use other sources of urgent care, according to research published in the September/October issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

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Gene Predicts Worse Outcome Post-Transplant in Leukemia

FRIDAY, Sept. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with acute leukemia treated with hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) from an unrelated donor may be more likely to have a relapse and die if they have certain variants of the NOD2/CARD15 gene, which is involved in inflammation, according to a report in the Sept. 20 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Silicone Implants Do Not Lead to Paraproteinemias

FRIDAY, Sept. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Women with silicone implants who subsequently developed connective-tissue disease do not appear to be at increased risk for paraproteinemias, according to study findings published in Arthritis Research & Therapy in September.

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Gene Variation Linked to Greater Risk of Scleroderma

THURSDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) -- The G-945C polymorphism in the connective-tissue growth factor gene is strongly associated with systemic sclerosis, making it a candidate gene for scleroderma, according to study findings published in the Sept. 20 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Cost of Physiotherapy Interventions Compared

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19 (HealthDay News) -- A treatment for back and neck pain that utilizes traditional physical therapy appears to be more cost-effective than a newer approach based on cognitive-behavioral principles, according to research published in the September issue of Rheumatology.

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Medical Schools Vary in Approach to Case Reports

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Most medical school institutional review boards (IRBs) don't treat individual case reports as "research," as it's defined by the United States Government Code of Federal Regulations, according to a research letter published in the Sept. 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Hypertension Common in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with rheumatoid arthritis have an especially high prevalence of hypertension, which is often underdiagnosed in younger patients and undertreated in older patients with cardiovascular disease, according to a report in the September issue of Rheumatology.

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NSAID Users Benefit from Proton Pump Inhibitors

MONDAY, Sept. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Patients taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may have a lower risk of gastropathy when they are co-prescribed a proton pump inhibitor, according to study findings published in the September issue of Gastroenterology.

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Acupuncture Eases Pain for Those Waiting for Arthroplasty

MONDAY, Sept. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Acupuncture can offer acute knee pain patients awaiting knee replacement surgery temporary relief from pain and mobility problems, according to the findings of a randomized trial published in the September issue of Rheumatology.

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New Genetic Link Associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis

FRIDAY, Sept. 14 (HealthDay News) -- A new genetic locus associated with rheumatoid arthritis in European populations has been identified, according to the results of a study published Sept. 6 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Antibodies Associated with Autoimmune Blistering Disease

THURSDAY, Sept. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Half of patients with autoimmune blistering disease test positive for some form of antiphospholipid antibody, and among those who do, more than half show evidence of thromboembolism, according to a report in the September issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Hip Synovectomy Helps Young Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

TUESDAY, Sept. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Open hip-joint synovectomy is safe for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis patients and often benefits hip mobility up to five years after surgery, according to a report in the September issue of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.

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Depression Exacts Higher Toll Than Chronic Conditions

FRIDAY, Sept. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Depression, especially when accompanied by other chronic physical health conditions, has a greater effect on reducing mean health scores than conditions such as angina, arthritis, asthma and diabetes alone, according to study findings published in the Sept. 8 issue of The Lancet.

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Genetic Link Found Between Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis

THURSDAY, Sept. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have discovered a genetic link between rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus, according to a report in the Sept. 6 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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