New in the nonspecialty journals: A new option for patients with autoimmune disease and HCV infection. The value of combined therapy for osteoporosis. Prognosis predictors for chronic pain, a new opioid adverse effect, and more ... More »
The FDA has approved the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blocker golimumab (Simponi) for treatment of moderate to severe ulcerative colitis in adults. This is the first non-arthritis indication for the biologic, which is already approved for rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing... More »
Background: Diagnosis and identification of the etiological agent of septic arthritis (SA) in children is an important issue, as early treatment based on accurate diagnosis of joint infections can prevent potentially disabling complicat
Background: Pasteurella spp. are important bacterial pathogens in both animals and humans. Most reported Pasteurella infections in humans involve skin and soft tissues, often after an animal bite, scratch, or lick to an open wound. Infectio
In humans, different B-cell subpopulations can be distinguished in peripheral blood and other tissues on the basis of differential expression of various surface markers. These different subsets correspond to different stages of maturation, activation and differentiation. B-cell depletion therapy based on rituximab, an anti-CD20 mAb, is widely used in the treatment of various malignant and autoimmune diseases. Rituximab induces a very significant depletion of B-cell subpopulations in the peripheral blood u
Over the past few decades small animal models mainly involving rodents and rabbits have been developed whereby needle puncture, stab incision or enzymatic approaches have been validated to create the degenerative disc. Although important these models continue to be plagued by biological attributes that limit applicability to the human condition. However the fascinating story of the naturally occurring subspecies of canine, the non-chondrodystrophic (NCD) and chondrodystrophic (CD) canine provides us wit
Dysregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis has been implicated in the pathology of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), particularly as vulnerable personality types are exposed to chronic stress. Emotions are powerful modulators of stress responses. However, little is known about whether patients with RA process emotions differently to matched controls. In this study we: 1) assessed whether the trait emotional intelligence (trait EI) scores of patients with RA differ from healthy controls at the
Five Steps to Improving Patient Access Judy Capko, May 21, 2013 Patient access is getting increased attention through reform initiatives. Here are five steps you can take to make sure patients get appropriate access to care in your office.