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1 Distinct effects of soluble and membrane bound Fas ligand on fibroblast-like synoviocytes from rheumatoid arthritis patients Arthritis & Rheumatism, August 1, 2014    Clinical Article

2 Adalimumab and rheumatoid arthritis Full Text Open Access Rheumatology: Research and Reviews, August 1, 2014    Review Article

3 Rituximab for the treatment of relapses in ANCA-associated vasculitis Arthritis & Rheumatism, August 1, 2014    Clinical Article

4 Adalimumab serum levels and antidrug antibodies towards adalimumab in peripheral spondyloarthritis: No association with clinical response to treatment or with disease relapse upon treatment discontinuation Arthritis Research & Therapy, August 1, 2014    Clinical Article

5 Comparison of the effect of 18-month daily teriparatide administration on patients with rheumatoid arthritis and postmenopausal osteoporosis patients Osteoporosis International, August 1, 2014    Clinical Article

6 Efficacy of rehabilitation programs for improving muscle strength in people with hip or knee osteoarthritis: A systematic review with meta-analysis Osteoarthritis and Cartilage , August 1, 2014    Evidence Based Medicine    Review Article

7 Comparison of bone mass and quality determinants in adolescents and young adults with juvenile systemic lupus erythematosus (JSLE) and juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) Lupus, August 1, 2014    Clinical Article

8 A rare but serious manifestation of Behçet`s disease: Intracardiac thrombus in 22 patients Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology Online, August 1, 2014    Clinical Article

9 Decreased interleukin 35 and CD4+EBI3+ T cells in patients with active systemic lupus erythematosus The American Journal of the Medical Sciences, August 1, 2014    Evidence Based Medicine

10 Examining sex differences in knee pain: the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study Osteoarthritis and Cartilage , August 1, 2014    Clinical Article

11 MMPI-2 profiles and illness perception in fibromyalgia syndrome: The role of therapeutic exercise as adapted physical activity Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, August 1, 2014    Evidence Based Medicine

12 Preoperative computer-based simulations for the correction of kyphotic deformities in ankylosing spondylitis patients The Spine Journal, August 1, 2014    Clinical Article

13 Comparison of radiological and clinical results of balloon kyphoplasty according to anterior height loss in the osteoporotic vertebral fracture The Spine Journal, August 1, 2014    Clinical Article

14 Stress management skills, cortisol awakening response and post-exertional malaise in chronic Fatigue Syndrome Psychoneuroendocrinology, August 1, 2014    Clinical Article

15 Patient-related pedictors of treatment failure after primary total knee arthroplasty for osteoarthritis Journal of Arthroplasty, August 1, 2014    Clinical Article

16 Comparison of three knee braces in the treatment of medial knee osteoarthritis The Knee, August 1, 2014    Clinical Article

17 The role of dietary protein and vitamin D in maintaining musculoskeletal health in postmenopausal women: A consensus statement from the European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis (ESCEO) Maturitas, August 1, 2014    Clinical Article

18 Spondylolysis and spina bifida occulta in pediatric patients: prevalence study using computed tomography as a screening method European Spine Journal, August 1, 2014    Clinical Article

19 Influence of the screw augmentation technique and a diameter increase on pedicle screw fixation in the osteoporotic spine: pullout versus fatigue testing European Spine Journal, August 1, 2014    Clinical Article

20 Methotrexate-associated lymphoproliferative disorder arising in the retromolar triangle and lung of a patient with rheumatoid arthritis Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology, August 1, 2014

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Low vitamin D associated with statin-induced myalgia

As reported in Clinical Therapeutics, of 450 patients prescribed high-dose simvastatin (80 mg qd) for dyslipidemia, 11.1% complained of myalgias. The vitamin D level was lower in patients with myalgias than patients without myalgias (26.2 vs. 36.3 ng/mL).

Increased prevalence of osteoporosis in morbidly obese

As reported in the International Journal of Clinical Practice, while there is a decreased prevalence of osteoporosis up to a BMI of 40 kg/m2, the prevalence of osteoporosis increases in patients with a BMI > 40 kg/m2, which is thought to be due to decreased weight-bearing exercise.

Fluvastatin improves pro-inflammatory and pro-thrombotic markers in aPL-positive patients

As reported in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, treatment of persistent aPL-positive patients with fluvastatin (40 mg qd x 3 months) improved pro-inflammatory and pro-thrombotic markers (IL1-β, VEGF, TNF-α, IP10, sCD40L, and sTF).


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