Age is a predictor of mortality in status epilepticus
As reported in Neurocritical Care, males have a higher incidence of status epilepticus, early age of onset, and increased mortality. The highest mortality rates occurred in patients < 10 years of age and > 50 years of age. The in-hospital mortality rate of patients ≥ 80 years of age was 20.2%.
Infliximab is effective in corticosteroid-refractory ulcerative colitis
As reported in the Journal of Crohn’s & Colitis, treatment of corticosteroid-refractory ulcerative colitis patients with 3 doses of infliximab (n=113) resulted in short- (3 months) and long-term (12 months) colectomy rates of 18.6% and 25.6%, respectively. The RR of colectomy in patients with an elevated CRP and severe endoscopic lesions was 2.15 and 5.13, respectively.
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).