Metacarpal DXR-BMD predicts 1-y RA progression
As reported in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, a metacarpal BMD determination after 4 months of anti-RA treatment is an independent predictor of 1-y progression in patients without baseline bone erosions (OR=2.0). For patients with baseline erosions, early metacarpal BMD loss is predictive of 1-y progression (OR=1.5).
Risk factors for intra-abdominal abscesses in Crohn’s disease
As reported in Digestion, uncontrolled CRP at week 14 of therapy with infliximab (OR=1.36) and early loss of response to infliximab (OR=5.36) are independent risk factors for intra-abdominal abscesses in patients with Crohns disease.
Children’s Depression Screener is a useful tool
As reported in Psychiatry Research, the Childrens Depression Screener (ChilD-S) has been shown to have a diagnostic accuracy of 0.97 in children with depression and at a cut-off level ≥ 12, the sensitivity and specificity are 0.91 and 0.81, respectively.