Best Practice & Research Clinical Rheumatology
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To screen or not to screen: How to find and identify very early arthritis.
There is accumulating evidence demonstrating that early treatment leads to better outcomes in rheumatoid arthritis. In order to be treated early, patients thus need to be identified at the earliest possible stage. This means identifying patients with rheumatoid arthritis at their earliest clinical s...
Fertility and pregnancy in vasculitis.
Despite the rarity of vasculitides, fertility and pregnancy outcome in the setting of vasculitis have become a major topic of interest within the past decade. The potential impact of vasculitis therapies, particularly cyclophosphamide, has been examined to some extent, but data are limited on the po...
Imaging in vasculitis.
Vasculitides may involve small, medium-sized or large arteries. In small-vessel vasculitides imaging studies of lungs, nasal sinuses, cerebrum, heart and other organs are important for determining disease extension and disease activity. Aneurysms are a hallmark of medium-sized artery vasculitides. I...
Access to self-management education, conservative treatment and surgery for arthritis according to socioeconomic status.
There is now a considerable body of research investigating inequities in access to health care for arthritis according to socioeconomic status (SES). Conducted in a range of settings internationally, studies have examined specific socioeconomic factors (including education, income, deprivation and h...
Psychological interventions for patients with rheumatic diseases and anxiety or depression.
The prevalence of clinical anxiety and clinical depression in rheumatic diseases is about twice the prevalence seen in the general population. At a milder level, the occurrence of psychological distress that does not fulfil diagnostic criteria of anxiety and depression is even higher...
Imaging in rheumatoid arthritis.
The optimal management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) requires tools that allow early and accurate disease diagnosis, prediction of poor prognosis and responsive monitoring of therapeutic outcomes. Conventional radiography has been widely used in both clinical and research settings to...
Myofascial pain syndromes and their evaluation.
This article reviews the available published knowledge about the diagnosis, pathophysiology and treatment of myofascial pain syndromes from trigger points. Furthermore, epidemiologic data and clinical characteristics of these syndromes are described, including a detailed account of s...
How to measure the impact of musculoskeletal conditions
Musculoskeletal conditions are universally prevalent among all age and gender groups, across all socio-demographic strata of society. Their impact is pervasive yet this is not widely recognised at the level of health policy and priority. Musculoskeletal conditions are a diverse group...
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Inhibition of JAK kinases in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: scientific rationale and clinical outcomes.
CP-690,550 is an orally active and selective inhibitor of the janus kinase (JAK) molecules. The molecular pathways through which the JAK moieties function are described along with the clinical mechanisms associated with their inhibition. Animal models of JAK inhibition are reviewed as a background f...