Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Rheumatology for August 2020. 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.
Lung-Specific Risk Factors Linked to Hip Fracture in Smokers
MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The addition of lung-specific risk factors into fracture risk assessment tools may more accurately predict hip fracture risk in smokers, according to a study published online Aug. 4 in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.
Most Shoulder Replacements Last More Than 10 Years
FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) — About 90 percent of shoulder replacements last for longer than 10 years, and patient-reported outcome measures show sustained benefits, according to a review published online Aug. 26 in The Lancet Rheumatology.
Respiratory Disease May Increase Risk for Rheumatoid Arthritis
FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Respiratory diseases increase the risk for rheumatoid arthritis, according to a study published online Aug. 16 in Arthritis & Rheumatology.
Risk for COVID-19 Hospitalization Follows Usual Pattern in Lupus
THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) — For patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), predictors of hospitalization include race, presence of comorbidity, and body mass index, according to a study published online July 26 in Arthritis & Rheumatology.
Longer Bisphosphonate Use May Up Atypical Femur Fracture Risk
THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Longer duration of bisphosphonate use is associated with an increased risk for atypical femur fracture, according to a study published in the Aug. 20 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Poll: More Older Adults Using Telehealth During Pandemic
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) — More older adults have used telehealth to consult with a health care provider during the COVID-19 pandemic compared with that seen in the previous year, according to a report published online Aug. 17 based on the results of the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging.
Bisphosphonates Safe but May Not Improve Bone Marrow Lesion Volume
FRIDAY, Aug. 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) — There is no clear benefit of bisphosphonates on bone marrow lesions (BMLs), according to a study published online Aug. 4 in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.
Burnout Less Likely for Doctors in Minority Race/Ethnic Groups
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Compared with non-Hispanic White physicians, physicians in minority racial/ethnic groups are less likely to report burnout, according to a study published online Aug. 7 in JAMA Network Open.
Guidance Helps Doctors Optimize Telemedicine for Seniors
TUESDAY, Aug. 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) — In an Ideas and Opinions article published online Aug. 11 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, guidance is provided for physicians to optimize telemedicine, which can be challenging for older patients.
Expanding Medicaid in Holdout States Could Insure 3.9 Million
MONDAY, Aug. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Expanding Medicaid to all states could reduce the number of uninsured by 28 percent based on pre-COVID-19 data, according to a report released by the Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Life Expectancy 78.60 Years for U.S. Population for 2009-2011
FRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Life expectancy for 2009 to 2011 was 78.60 years for the total U.S. population, with the highest life expectancy for Hispanic women, according to the Aug. 7 National Vital Statistics Reports, a publication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Longer Bisphosphonate Drug Holiday May Up Fracture Risk
FRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) — In patients who have previously suffered a vertebral fracture, a longer bisphosphonate (BP) drug holiday is associated with an increased risk for major osteoporotic fractures (MOFs), according to a study published online in the September issue of Bone.
CDC: More American Indian, Alaska Natives in Fair, Poor Health
THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) — American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) adults are more likely to be in fair or poor health than all U.S. adults, according to an August data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics.
Worldwide Burden of Gout Increased From 1990 to 2017
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) — From 1990 to 2017, the burden of gout increased across the world, according to a study published online Aug. 5 in Arthritis & Rheumatology.
Health Plans Not Implementing Prior Authorization Reforms
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Physicians say prior authorization (PA) continues to interfere with patient care and can lead to adverse clinical consequences, according to the results of a survey released by the American Medical Association.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Linked to Lower Risk for Incident T2DM
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Compared with populations without rheumatoid arthritis (RA), RA is associated with a lower risk for type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), according to a study published online Aug. 5 in Arthritis Care & Research.
President Says Medicare Should Expand Telehealth Services
TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) — President Donald Trump signed an order on Monday that will broaden the role of telehealth for Medicare patients, the Associated Press reported.
Most Studies Still Fail to Analyze Data by Sex
TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The effect of gender is still largely ignored in scientific studies, according to a study published online June 9 in eLife.
Cost-Related Rx Nonadherence Highest in Young U.S. Women
MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Cost-related prescription nonadherence is highest among younger U.S. women compared with individuals living in 10 other high-income countries, according to a report published in the August issue of Health Affairs.
Canakinumab Explored as Therapy for Large-Joint Osteoarthritis
MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Inhibition of interleukin-1β (IL-1β) with canakinumab seems to reduce the incidence of total hip replacement/total knee replacement (THR/TKR) compared with placebo, according to an exploratory analysis published online Aug. 4 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
38 Percent of Older Adults in U.S. Not Ready for Video Doctor Visits
MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) — An estimated 38 percent of all older adults in the United States are not ready for video visits with physicians, according to a research letter published online Aug. 3 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
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