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September 2019 Briefing – Rheumatology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Rheumatology for September 2019. 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.

Heart Disease May Up Risk for Allopurinol-Linked Cutaneous AEs

MONDAY, Sept. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Heart disease is associated with an increased risk for hospital admission for allopurinol-associated severe cutaneous adverse reactions, according to a study published online Sept. 25 in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.

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Psoriasis Tied to High BMI, Low Meat Intake in Japanese Study

FRIDAY, Sept. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Psoriasis is associated with high body mass index (BMI) and low intake of meat, according to a Japanese study published in the September issue of the Journal of Dermatology.

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Serum IL-35 Levels Tied to Bone Loss With Rheumatoid Arthritis

THURSDAY, Sept. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Serum interleukin (IL)-35 levels are associated with bone loss and may represent a novel therapeutic target for postmenopausal women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a study published online Aug. 26 in Mediators of Inflammation.

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Average Annual Premium for Workers Increased in 2019

THURSDAY, Sept. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) — In 2019, the average annual health insurance premium for workers increased slightly for single coverage and family coverage, according to a report published online Sept. 25 in Health Affairs.

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Many Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Patients Use Opioids

THURSDAY, Sept. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) are more likely to use opioids than persons without SLE, and most SLE patients who use opioids do so for more than one year, according to research published in the Sept. 27 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Deep Learning Models Classify Disease From Medical Imaging

THURSDAY, Sept. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Early evidence suggests that diagnostic performance of deep learning models is equivalent to that of health care professionals for interpreting medical imaging, according to a study published online Sept. 25 in The Lancet Digital Health.

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Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Mortality Persist in the U.S.

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) — There are still racial and ethnic disparities in mortality, and these disparities are widening for some age groups, according to a study published online Sept. 24 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Percentage of Women in Internal Med Residencies Increasing

TUESDAY, Sept. 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) — From 1999 to 2016, the percentage of women in internal medicine residencies increased, but the percentage in subspecialty fellowships decreased, according to a research letter published online Sept. 23 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Protected Health Info Breaches Compromise Sensitive Data

MONDAY, Sept. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Most protected health information (PHI) breaches compromise sensitive demographic and/or financial information, according to a research letter published online Sept. 23 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Marijuana Use Common Among Adults With Medical Conditions

FRIDAY, Sept. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Marijuana use is common among adults with medical conditions, especially younger people, according to a study published online Sept. 20 in JAMA Network Open.

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Medical Students Not Ready to Provide Nutritional Care

THURSDAY, Sept. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Medical education does not equip students to provide high-quality, effective nutrition care, according to a review published in the September issue of The Lancet Planetary Health.

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Four Modifiable Risk Factors Tied to Hyperuricemia

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Four modifiable risk factors — body mass index (BMI), the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, alcohol use, and diuretic use — could individually account for a notable proportion of hyperuricemia and possibly gout cases, according to a study published online Sept. 4 in Arthritis & Rheumatology.

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Patients With Rheumatic Disease Often Have Trouble Accessing Care

TUESDAY, Sept. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Americans with rheumatic disease struggle to access affordable specialty care, according to a national patient survey released by the American College of Rheumatology in conjunction with Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month.

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EPA to Phase Out Chemical Testing on Mammals

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The eventual elimination of chemical testing on mammals was announced Tuesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Spending Up With Treatment in Hospital-Owned Practices

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Financial integration between physicians and hospitals raises patient spending but does not impact care quality, according to a study published online Sept. 3 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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Poverty Rate Drops, but Fewer Americans Have Health Insurance

TUESDAY, Sept. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The percentage of Americans living in poverty declined in 2018, but the rate of those without health insurance increased, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report.

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Gout May Up Risk for Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease

MONDAY, Sept. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Gout is associated with an elevated risk for chronic kidney disease (CKD) progression, according to a study published online Aug. 28 in BMJ Open.

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Racial, Ethnic Underrepresentation Found in Med School Matriculants

FRIDAY, Sept. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Among medical school matriculants, black, Hispanic, and American Indian or Alaska Native (AIAN) students are underrepresented, according to a study published online Sept. 4 in JAMA Network Open.

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Majority of U.S. Doctors Believe ACA Has Improved Access to Care

THURSDAY, Sept. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Sixty percent of U.S. physicians believe that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has improved access to care and insurance after five years of implementation, according to a report published in the September issue of Health Affairs.

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Ultrasonography Helps Differentiate Arthritis Types

TUESDAY, Sept. 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Ultrasound is effective for differentiating between the major types of arthritis when combined with a physical exam and patient history, according to a review recently published in The Open Medical Imaging Journal.

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