Joint Replacement Surgery Riskier At Hospitals With Low Surgical Volume

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Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Article Date: 06 Jun 2011 – 21:00 PDT

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Patients who undergo elective total hip or total knee arthroplasty at hospitals with lower surgical volume had a higher risk of venous thromboembolism and mortality following the procedure. The complications following joint replacement surgery at low-volume sites may be reduced by modifying systems and procedures used before and after surgery according to the findings published today in Arthritis Rheumatism, a peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR).

Veterans Health Administration (VHA) At Least As Good As Private Sector For Cancer Care

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Main Category: Veterans / Ex-Servicemen
Also Included In: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP;  Cancer / Oncology
Article Date: 06 Jun 2011 – 14:00 PDT

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VHA (Veterans Health Administration) services were found to be either similar or better than the private sector for several chronic disease treatments, including cancer, researchers reported in the medical journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

New Affordable Care Act Support To Improve Care Coordination For Nearly 200,000 People With Medicare

Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 06 Jun 2011 – 10:00 PDT

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World’s First Clinical Trial Of Pioneering Stem Cell Bandage To Treat Torn Meniscal Cartilage

Main Category: Dermatology
Also Included In: Arthritis / Rheumatology;  Clinical Trials / Drug Trials;  Stem Cell Research
Article Date: 05 Jun 2011 – 5:00 PDT

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Millions of people with knee injuries could benefit from a new type of stem cell bandage treatment if clinical trials are successful. The world’s first clinical trial for the treatment of patients with torn meniscal cartilage has received approval from the UK regulatory agency, the MHRA1, to commence.

Older Men More Likely To Lose The Ability To Orgasm Due To Gabapentin

Main Category: Erectile Dysfunction / Premature Ejaculation
Also Included In: Seniors / Aging;  Pain / Anesthetics
Article Date: 05 Jun 2011 – 3:00 PDT

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Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) researchers have found that Gabapentin, (trade name Neurontin) a medication commonly used to treat neuropathic pain, seizures and biopolar disease in older and elderly patients, seems to have a higher incidence of anorgasmia, or failure to experience orgasm, than previously reported. This study appears in the current issue of the American Journal of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy.

New Data For Cimzia(R) (Certolizumab Pegol) Showed A Rapid Clinical Response Across A Broad Population Of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Patients

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Article Date: 26 May 2011 – 4:00 PDT

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UCB today announced data which showed that the addition of Cimzia® (certolizumab pegol) to current therapy was associated with a rapid and consistent clinical response in a diverse group of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients.1 Consistent efficacy was observed across patients taking certolizumab pegol whether they had previously received TNF inhibitors or not and whether they received certolizumab pegol monotherapy[1] or with concomitant DMARDs.1 The results are from a subgroup[2] analysis of the REALISTIC (RA Evaluation in Subjects Receiving TNF Inhibitor Certolizumab Pegol) study, presented during the Annual Meeting of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) in London, May 25-28.

Milestone Psoriasis And Psoriatic Arthritis Legislation Introduced In Congress

Main Category: Eczema / Psoriasis
Also Included In: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Article Date: 27 May 2011 – 1:00 PDT

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Federal investment and research into psoriasis, the nation’s most prevalent autoimmune disease, affecting as many as 7.5 million Americans, and psoriatic arthritis, a related joint condition affecting up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis, received significant advances with the introduction of psoriatic disease legislation in Congress today.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: COPD
Article Date: 27 May 2011 – 1:00 PDT

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Patients with rheumatoid arthritis are two times more likely to have concurrent chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than healthy controls — an association which was sustained even when variables such as age, gender, smoking and obesity were controlled for, according to a study presented at the EULAR 2011 Annual Congress.

Patients With RA Receive Less Protection From Pandemic Influenza With H1N1 Vaccine

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: Swine Flu;  Immune System / Vaccines
Article Date: 27 May 2011 – 2:00 PDT

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A Brazilian hospital-based study assessed responses to flu vaccines in 340 RA patients in regular follow-up compared to 234 healthy patients. Measures of protection obtained by vaccination (seroprotection rate (SP)) after immunization was over 20% lower for RA patients compared to healthy individuals (60.1% vs. 82.9% comparatively (p