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1 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

2 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

3 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

4 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

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

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

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

8 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

9 Tumor necrosis factor–α promoter -308/238 polymorphism association with less severe disease in ankylosing spondylitis is unrelated to serum TNF-α and does not predict TNF inhibitor response The Journal of Rheumatology, July 22, 2014    Clinical Article

10 Radiation-free spinometry adds to the predictive power of historical height loss in clinical vertebral fracture assessment Osteoporosis International, July 22, 2014    Clinical Article

11 TREG-cell therapies for autoimmune rheumatic diseases Nature Reviews Rheumatology , July 22, 2014    Review Article

12 Novel approaches to the treatment of osteoporosis Best Practice & Research Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, July 22, 2014    Review Article

13 Secondary osteoporosis: Pathophysiology & diagnosis Best Practice & Research Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, July 22, 2014    Review Article

14 Effects of non-surgical joint distraction in the treatment of severe knee osteoarthritis Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies , July 22, 2014    Clinical Article

15 PTPN22: The archetypal non-HLA autoimmunity gene Nature Reviews Rheumatology , July 22, 2014    Review Article

16 Monitoring of osteoporosis therapy Best Practice & Research Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, July 22, 2014    Clinical Article

17 High dose anakinra for treatment of severe neonatal Kawasaki disease: A case report Pediatric Rheumatology, July 22, 2014

18 The effects of a global postural reeducation program on an adolescent handball player with isthmic spondylolisthesis Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies , July 22, 2014

Prior Articles

19 Circulating concentrations of the novel adipokine chemerin are associated with cardiovascular disease risk in rheumatoid arthritis The Journal of Rheumatology, July 21, 2014    Clinical Article

20 Effect of remission definition on healthcare cost savings estimates for patients with rheumatoid arthritis treated with biologic therapies The Journal of Rheumatology, July 21, 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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