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American College of Rheumatology Announces 2017-2018 Board of Directors Members

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) confirmed five new Executive Committee members and five new members-at-large to its Board of Directors during a business meeting held during the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego.

American College of Rheumatology responds to CMS Innovation Center request for information

(American College of Rheumatology) The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to remove barriers that make it difficult for subspecialists and providers in small practices to...Show More Summary

Rheumatology leaders urge support for graduate student exemption & continuous health coverage

(American College of Rheumatology) The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) today expressed concerns with a provision of the House tax bill passed on Nov. 16 that would repeal the tax-exempt status for graduate student tuition waivers, and a provision included in the Senate tax bill that would repeal the individual health insurance mandate.

EULAR and ACR present SLE classification criteria at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting

SAN DIEGO - The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) and the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) will present the draft of new classification criteria for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) during a session at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting this week in San Diego, California, at the San Diego Convention Center.

New Clinical Guideline for Treatment of Psoriatic Arthritis Presented at 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting

Authors of the new American College of Rheumatology (ACR) / National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) treatment guideline for psoriatic arthritis (PsA) will present their draft recommendations during a session at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting this week in San Diego.

American College of Rheumatology Announces 2017 Award Recipients

ACR announced the 2017 recipients of its Master of the ACR designation, Awards of Distinction, and Distinguished Fellow Award honors during the opening lecture of the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego.

European League Against Rheumatism and American College of Rheumatology Present New SLE Classification Criteria at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting

EULAR & ACR will present the draft of new classification criteria for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) during a session at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting this week in San Diego, California, at the San Diego Convention Center.

Methotrexate drug holiday improves flu vaccine efficacy in rheumatoid arthritis patients

(American College of Rheumatology) People with RA who stop taking methotrexate treatment for just two weeks after they have a seasonal flu shot can improve the vaccine's efficacy without increasing RA disease activity, according to new research findings presented this week at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Opioids & antidepressants linked to higher fracture risk in rheumatoid arthritis patients

(American College of Rheumatology) Opioids and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, a widely used group of antidepressants, are both associated with higher risk of osteoporotic fractures for patients with rheumatoid arthritis, according to new research findings presented this week at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Biologic use during pregnancy may not increase opportunistic infection risks in infants

(American College of Rheumatology) Using a biologic therapy to manage rheumatoid arthritis may not significantly increase an infant's risk for developing opportunistic infections like pneumonia, meningitis, and tuberculosis, according to new research findings presented this week at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Biologics do not increase the risk of second malignancy in rheumatoid arthritis patients

(American College of Rheumatology) Treatment with biologics does not increase the risk of a second malignancy in rheumatoid arthritis patients who have a history of cancer, according to new research findings presented this week at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting.

American College of Rheumatology announces 2017 award recipients

(American College of Rheumatology) The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) announced the 2017 recipients of its Master of the ACR designation, Awards of Distinction, and Distinguished Fellow Award honors during the opening lecture of the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego. Show More Summary

Young athletes commonly develop bone marrow edema in the joints of the lower spine

(American College of Rheumatology) Young athletes commonly develop bone marrow edema in their sacroiliac joints, and this damage is most frequent in the posterior lower ilium according to new research findings presented this week at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Joint damage in healthy military recruits may mimic spondyloarthropathies

(American College of Rheumatology) The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of healthy military recruits showed sacroiliac joint damage similar to that found in axial spondyloarthritis after just six weeks of intensive physical training,...Show More Summary

Obesity linked with depressive symptoms & increased disease activity in women with lupus

(American College of Rheumatology) Obesity is independently associated with worse patient-reported outcomes in women with systemic lupus erythematosus, including disease activity, depressive symptoms, pain and fatigue, according to new research findings presented this week at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Spine osteoarthritis patients & those under 65 more likely to use opioids to manage pain

(American College of Rheumatology) A large percentage of patients with end-stage knee, hip and spine osteoarthritis use opioids to manage their chronic pain, especially those who are younger or have symptoms of depression, according to new research findings presented this week at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Women who discontinue bisphosphonates for two years or more have higher hip fracture risk

(American College of Rheumatology) Women who took a drug holiday (temporary or permanent discontinuation of a medicine) from using bisphosphonates for more than two years have a significantly higher risk of a hip fracture compared to others who continued their treatment, according to new research findings presented this week at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Obesity linked to lower remission, higher disability in rheumatoid arthritis patients

(American College of Rheumatology) Patients with rheumatoid arthritis whose body-mass index scores are higher have lower rates of remission and higher rates of disability, and effective weight screening and management should be a central feature of RA management, according to new research findings presented this week at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Age, CRP levels predict success in tapering of biologics in rheumatoid arthritis patients

(American College of Rheumatology) Rheumatoid arthritis patients in remission may experience more successful tapering of their biologic drugs if they meet a certain set of factors, including younger age, no concomitant steroid use, and low level of serum CRP, according to new research findings presented this week at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Rheumatology leaders praise bipartisan framework to repeal medicare therapy caps

(American College of Rheumatology) The Medicare therapy caps were originally introduced in 1997 as a part of the Balanced Budget Act. Arbitrary caps on outpatient therapy services covered by Medicare -- including physical therapy, speech language pathology, and occupational therapy -- were put in place in order to reduce federal spending and balance the federal budget.

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