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Gout treatment success doubled by combining two drugs, study finds

By combining two medications, researchers at Michigan Medicine optimized a therapy for people with gout, a condition that causes severe damage and disability if left untreated.

Cardiology

Key steps could reduces cases and deaths from rheumatic heart disease in the African Union

Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) remains a major cause of cardiovascular disease in Africa, even as acute rheumatic fever and RHD have become rare in high-income countries. In a new study led by investigators at Brigham and ...

Neuroscience

Reduced kidney function linked to increased risk of dementia

Chronic kidney disease is when a person's kidneys progressively lose their ability to filter waste from the blood and eliminate fluids. Now a new study has found that people with reduced kidney function may have an increased ...

Genetics

Eleven novel loci identified for rheumatoid arthritis

Eleven novel loci and 90 independent association signals have been identified for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a study published in the May issue of the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

Arthritis & Rheumatism

Physical activity reduces cardiovascular risk in rheumatic patients

The risk of developing atherosclerosis—a narrowing of the arteries as cholesterol plaque builds up, leading to obstruction of blood flow—is higher for people with autoimmune rheumatic diseases than for the general population. ...

Arthritis & Rheumatism

Early-life exposure to famine linked to increased odds of RA

(HealthDay)—Individuals exposed to famine in utero or in early childhood have an increased likelihood of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in adulthood, according to a study published in the April issue of Arthritis ...

Arthritis & Rheumatism

New insights on inflammation in COVID-19

Severe cases of COVID-19 can involve extensive inflammation in the body, and clinicians have wondered if this state is similar to what are called cytokine storm syndromes, in which the immune system produces too many inflammatory ...

Health

Dust at work can lead to rheumatic diseases

If you are exposed to silica (quartz) dust at work—e.g. from working with concrete and granite—you have a greater risk of certain types of rheumatic disease. This is shown by results from Aarhus University and Aarhus ...

Health

Program may help patients with rheumatic diseases quit smoking

Smoking increases symptoms and health risks for patients with rheumatic diseases, but interventions to help patients quit are rarely available at rheumatology clinics. A study published in Arthritis Care & Research has found ...

Medications

Upadacitinib beats placebo for psoriatic arthritis

For patients with psoriatic arthritis, upadacitinib at a dose of 15 mg or 30 mg once daily is more effective than placebo, according to a study published in the April 1 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.