Today's Health News

Estimated Opioid-Related Costs $14 Billion for Symptomatic Knee OA

Almost half of costs were for lost productivity, criminal justice expenses, cost associated with diversion activities

Treatment to Lower RA Disease Activity Feasible in Pregnancy

In pregnant patients with rheumatoid arthritis, clinicians should strive for remission or low disease activity

Risk for Rheumatoid Arthritis Reduced for Patients With T2DM

Reduced risk may be attributable to statin use; no significant association seen for glycemic control, metformin use on RA risk

Prevalence of Multiple Chronic Conditions Up Among Veterans

Prevalence of MCC remained higher for male, female veterans after stratification by age and adjustment for sociodemographics

Mortality Highest for Asians, Hispanic/Latinos With Lupus

Among patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, mortality is increased for minorities, especially Asian, Hispanic/Latina women

Pediatric Inpatient Admissions Down During Pandemic

Findings seen across a wide range of diagnoses and not reflective of seasonal variation

Factors Associated With Fracture Risk in Middle Age ID’d

Factors independently linked to incident fracture include age, sex, BMI, level of leisure-time physical activity

Avacopan Noninferior to Prednisone for ANCA-Associated Vasculitis

Avacopan noninferior to prednisone taper for remission at week 26, superior to prednisone taper for sustained remission at week 52

Factors Other Than Workplace Tied to COVID-19 Positivity in HCWs

Demographic, community factors show stronger influence than workplace exposure on COVID-19 risk in health care workers

ICI Need Not Be Withheld in Those With Autoimmune Disease

Objective response rates to anti-CTL4, anti-PD-1, combination similar for advanced melanoma patients with, without AID