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1 Adalimumab regulates intracellular TNFalpha production in patients with rheumatoid arthritis Arthritis Research & Therapy, July 23, 2014    Clinical Article

2 Effects of isotretinoin treatment on cartilage and tendon thicknesses: An ultrasonographic study Clinical Rheumatology, July 23, 2014    Clinical Article

3 Arthroscopic débridement for primary osteoarthritis of the elbow: Analysis of preoperative factors affecting outcome Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, July 23, 2014    Clinical Article

4 A symptomatic atlantoaxial subluxation in rheumatoid arthritis Full Text Acta Medica Iranica, July 23, 2014    Clinical Article

5 Associations between serum interleukin-23 levels and clinical characteristics in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus The Journal of International Medical Research, July 23, 2014    Clinical Article

6 Cost-effectiveness of training rural providers to identify and treat patients at risk for fragility fractures Osteoporosis International, July 23, 2014    Clinical Article

7 Impact of multidisciplinary hip fracture program on timing of surgery in elderly patients Osteoporosis International, July 23, 2014    Clinical Article

8 Is there subclinical synovitis in patients with palindromic rheumatism in the intercritical period? a clinical and ultrasonographic study according to anticitrullinated protein antibody status The Journal of Rheumatology, July 23, 2014    Clinical Article

9 Spondylodiscitis by drug-multiresistant bacteria: A single center experience of 25 cases The Spine Journal, July 23, 2014    Clinical Article

10 Pathogenesis of antineutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibody-mediated disease Nature Reviews Rheumatology , July 23, 2014    Review Article

11 Poor womac scores in contralateral knee negatively impact TKA outcomes: data from the osteoarthritis initiative Journal of Arthroplasty, July 23, 2014    Clinical Article

12 Emperipolesis mediated by CD8 T cells is a characteristic histopathologic feature of autoimmune hepatitis Clinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology, July 23, 2014

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13 Comparative efficacy of biologics as monotherapy and in combination with methotrexate on patient reported outcomes (PROs) in rheumatoid arthritis patients with an inadequate response to conventional DMARDs - a systematic review and network meta-analysis Full Text Health and Quality of Life Outcomes , July 22, 2014    Evidence Based Medicine    Review Article

14 Joint damage progression in patients with rheumatoid arthritis in clinical remission. do biologics perform better than synthetic antirheumatic drugs? The Journal of Rheumatology, July 22, 2014    Clinical Article

15 LTBI screening in rheumatoid arthritis patients prior to anti-TNF treatment in an endemic area The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, July 22, 2014    Clinical Article

16 Volumetric bone mineral density and bone geometry assessed by peripheral quantitative computed tomography in women with differentiated thyroid cancer under TSH-suppression Clinical Endocrinology, July 22, 2014    Clinical Article

17 Bone health in breast cancer patients: A comprehensive statement by CECOG/SAKK Intergroup The Breast, July 22, 2014    Clinical Article

18 Is statin-induced myositis part of the polymyositis disease spectrum? Current Rheumatology Reports, July 22, 2014    Clinical Article

19 A cross-sectional electromyography assessment in linear scleroderma patients Pediatric Rheumatology, July 22, 2014    Clinical Article

20 Diagnosing osteomyelitis in the diabetic foot: A pilot study to examine the sensitivity and specificity of Tc99mwhite blood cell-labelled single photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography International Wound Journal, July 22, 2014    Clinical Article

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ACPA correlate with disease progression in JIA

In a study involving 74 patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), 26 patients had detectable anti-citrullinated protein antibodies (ACPA). The ACPA titers correlated with disease progression at baseline and after a median follow-up of 11.5 months. In addition to predicting disease severity and progression, the authors concluded that ACPA were superior to IgM-RF in diagnosing JIA.

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Predicting cardiovascular mortality in SLE

In a study involving 208 patients with SLE followed for 12 years, 42 deaths occurred, 48% of which were considered to be cardiovascular mortalities. Age, increased cystatin C levels, and arterial disease were predictive of all-cause mortality. Cigarette smoking and increased sVCAM-1, hsCRP, abeta2GP1, and aPL antibody levels were predictive of cardiovascular mortality.

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Anti-apoA-1 antibodies predict cardiovascular disease in RA patients

In a study conducted at the University of Geneva involving 118 patients with rheumatoid arthritis, but without cardiovascular disease at baseline, the 10-year Framingham cardiovascular risk score (FRS) was improved with the inclusion of the anti-apoA-1 antibody titer. The median follow-up was 9 years and the incidence of cardiovascular disease was 16%. Other biomarkers, including the NT-proBNP, oxLDL, CRP, and RF levels and the anti-citrullinated peptide antibody titer, did not improve the FRS.

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