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From: The Rheumatologist, April 2014


How Rheumatologists Can Boost Patient Understanding of Educational Materials

Choosing appropriate, pre-written disease fact sheets, or writing your own educational documents can help patients with low health literacy comprehend information about their condition

Exploring Kawasaki Disease

New epidemiologic data, clinical studies have shed light on diagnosis, treatments, patient outcomes for this childhood disease, but etiology is still unknown

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Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments Establish Quality Standards for Lab Tests

Categorization of health-assessment tests, certificates helps ensure test accuracy, reliability, and timeliness; plus, how to apply for a CLIA waiver

ACR’s Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Education Course Helps Rheumatologists Expand Skills

Intermediate-level program features interventional cadaver workshop, teaches latest advances, application of musculoskeletal ultrasound to help physicians evaluate, manage patients’ pain, disease states

Rheumatology Research Foundation to Play Role in Developing New RA, Lupus Treatments

Foundation joins Accelerating Medicines Partnership, led by National Institutes of Health, to fast-track viable potential drug therapies for lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

Coding Corner Answer: April Coding Challenge

ICD-10 coding for a in-office x-rays, joint injection for patient with rheumatoid arthritis

Coding Corner Question: April

Test your ICD-10 coding knowledge for a 51-year-old female with rheumatoid arthritis who receives in-office x-rays, joint injection

Deadline Approaches to Participate in Medicare EHR Incentive Program, aka Meaningful Use

2014 marks final year to reap financial benefits for adopting, implementing electronic health record system in physician practice

ARHP Member Donald R. Miller, PharmD, Named to FDA Arthritis Advocacy Committee

Dr. Miller, professor, chair of pharmacy practice at North Dakota State University, to evaluate new drugs seeking first-time FDA approval

2014 Clinical Rheumatology for Health Professionals Offers a Primer on X-ray Reading

ACR's course teaches rheumatology health professionals to use and read plain X-rays in key rheumatic diseases

State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium Scheduled for April 26–27 in Chicago

ACR's education and networking seminar to address latest in therapy, research, and scientific advances in rheumatology

ACR Board of Directors Tackles Slate of Business at Annual Meeting

Board welcomes 233 new and returning candidates, lends support to lupus classification criteria in partnership with EULAR, approves update of ACR policy statements and position statements at February meeting in Napa, Calif.

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Rheumatologist Pursues Beekeeping Pasttime

Rick Brasington, MD, finds managing bees to harvest lavender honey a sweet hobby

Expansion of Mobile Health Apps Makes Physicians' Job Easier

Rheumatologists choose, review top mobile health devices

Rheumatology Drug Updates, Trials, Safety Data

Information on acetaminophen restrictions; trials for clazakizumab, epratuzumab, romosozumab; and drug safety updates rheumatologists need to know

Listen to Rick Brasington, MD, Discuss Beekeeping

Rheum after 5: April 2014

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Growing up with Juvenile Arthritis

A pediatric patient with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis shares her perspective on living with the disease, importance of pediatric rheumatology care

Mobile Health Devices May Have Limited Use in Rheumatology

Challenges exist in developing m-health apps for rheumatology patients because of the difficulty in pinpointing what needs to be measured

ACR’s Benchmark Tool Quantifies Data about Rheumatology Workforce, Clinical Practice

Physicians’ survey covers weekly work hours, annual compensation, primary professional activity in clinical practice, and predominant source of payment for 682 rheumatologists nationwide

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MicroRNA-Based Therapeutics Hold Promise Against Lupus, Other Rheumatic Diseases Note Experts at the ACR/ARHP’s 2013 Annual Meeting

Studies suggest deregulation, dysfunction of miRNAs in human, mice models of lupus may be future targets for gene therapy

Tips for Treating Pain, Depression in Patients with Rheumatic Disease Offered at the ACR/ARHP’s 2013 Annual Meeting

Observational pain scales, diagnostic tools, pharmacologic interventions, and support from psychologists, caregivers recommended

Global Perspectives on Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis Addressed at the 2013 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting

Poverty, poor access to healthcare, cultural myths present challenges for rheumatologists caring for patients with RA in developing economic regions

Therapeutic Value of Colchicine in Osteoarthritis, Cardiovascular Disease Explored at the ACR/ARHP Winter Rheumatology Symposium

Drug's antiinflammatory properties may help alleviate pain in patients with OA, reduce risk of myocardial infarction, but toxicity, drug interactions need to be considered

Treatment Options, Guidelines for Managing Gout Discussed at the ACR/ARHP Winter Rheumatology Symposium

Better understanding of goals, effect of gout therapy with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, urate lowering medication needed to improve quality of care

Treating Early-Stage Spondyloarthritis May Prevent Disease Progression, Say Researchers at the ACR/ARHP Winter Rheumatology Symposium

Therapy with tumor necrosis factor inhibitors, nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs, ustekinumab in early stages of osteitis may halt molecular switching to bone-forming phenotype characteristic of SpA

Methotrexate May Mitigate Inflammatory Bone Disease Note Experts at the ACR/ARHP Winter Rheumatology Symposium

By regulating molecules key to osteoclast/osteoblast processes, methotrexate may reduce bone destruction in inflammatory arthritis, osteolysis, especially in combination with adenosine

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