Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Rheumatology for May 2018. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.
Variables ID'd to Predict Height Loss in Postmenopausal Women
THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A set of commonly available variables may be useful in predicting the five-year risk of height loss ≥1 inch in postmenopausal women, according to a study published online May 7 in Menopause.
ASHP: SVP, Injectable Opioid Shortages Threaten Patient Care
THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The widespread shortages of injectable opioids and small-volume parenteral (SVP) solutions are jeopardizing patient care and placing a strain on hospital operations, according to a report published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).
Congress Approves Bill Expanding Private Care for VA Patients
THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Patients served by the beleaguered Veterans Affairs health system may have wider access to private care, thanks to a bill approved Wednesday by the Senate. President Donald Trump is known to support the bill, which now awaits his signature.
Global Variation in Personal Health Care Access and Quality
THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There is considerable global variation in personal health care access and quality, according to a study published online May 23 in The Lancet.
CDC: No Change in Level of Uninsured in U.S. in 2017
TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Overall, 9.1 percent of individuals in the United States were uninsured in 2017, which was not significantly different from the level in 2016, according to a report published online May 22 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Centers for Health Statistics.
TNFi Exposure In Utero Does Not Up Serious Infection Risk
TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Offspring born to mothers with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who are exposed to tumor necrosis factor α inhibitors (TNFi) in the gestational period do not have a significantly increased risk of serious infections, according to a study published online May 17 in Arthritis & Rheumatology.
Language Used in Medical Record Can Affect Patient Care
FRIDAY, May 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Stigmatizing language used in medical records to describe patients can influence medical students and residents in terms of their attitudes towards the patient and their clinical decision-making, according to a study published in the May issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Adding Chiropractic to Usual Care Beneficial for Low Back Pain
FRIDAY, May 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For active-duty military personnel, the addition of chiropractic care to usual medical care is associated with improvements in low back pain intensity and disability, according to a study published online May 18 in JAMA Network Open.
Nonprofit Manufacturer Could Keep Generic Drug Costs Down
WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A nonprofit manufacturer could help keep generic drug prices down and maintain their supply, according to a perspective piece published in the May 17 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Best Practices Developed for Use of EHR to Enhance Patient Care
WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Best practices have been developed for using electronic health records (EHRs) to enhance patient-centered care, according to an article published online in Medical Economics.
FDA Targets Clinics Offering Unapproved Stem Cell Therapies
THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has launched legal action to stop two stem cell clinics from providing unapproved treatments that have caused serious, long-term harm to some patients.
Psychological Therapies May Help Older Adults With Chronic Pain
WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For older adults with chronic pain, psychological interventions have small benefits, including reducing pain and catastrophizing beliefs, according to a review published online May 7 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Regulatory Requirements Drive Dissatisfaction With EHRs
TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Regulatory requirements are likely to be an important aspect of physician dissatisfaction with electronic health records (EHRs) that is driving burnout, according to an Ideas and Opinions piece published online May 8 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Provider Counseling for Weight Loss Up for Arthritis, Overweight
MONDAY, May 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In 2014, health care provider counseling for weight loss for adults with arthritis and overweight or obesity was 45.5 percent, up 10.4 percent from 2002, according to research published in the May 3 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Many Organizations Not Meeting Trial Reporting Requirements
FRIDAY, May 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many organizations are not meeting the trial registration and results reporting requirements clarified by "The Final Rule," which had a compliance date of April 18, 2017, according to a study published online May 1 in BMC Medicine.
Practices Should Be Aware of Correct Way to Fire Employees
TUESDAY, May 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians should be aware of the correct protocol for, as well as the laws involved in, firing employees, according to a report published in Medical Economics.
Severe Obesity Tied to Faster Progression to Disability With RA
TUESDAY, May 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Severe obesity is associated with more rapid progression of disability in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a study published online April 30 in Arthritis Care & Research.