Rheumatology Network Presents News for Patients With Joint Diseases from European Conference
NORWALK, Conn., June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM Medica US announces that Rheumatology Network, a leading online community for Rheumatologists, offers special coverage of the major European rheumatology conference, just concluded in Paris, France.
The annual meeting of the European Union League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) is one of the two major conferences at which rheumatologists share their latest research. Important news from this conference for the millions of people in the US with rheumatologic conditions now appears online on Rheumatology Network, including:
- Gout and Sex: Different and Not so Good: For men with gout, the likelihood of erectile dysfunction is more than doubled, while women with gout are more likely to have coexisting disorders of the "metabolic syndrome" – hypertension, diabetes, and kidney disease. The researchers suggest that doctors should routinely check people who have gout for these other health problems.
- Unresolved RA Pain Threatens Treatment Success: Doctors who treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have not been paying enough attention to relieving pain as they do to other symptoms, probably jeopardizing the success of treatment. Evidence from registries and clinical trials, involving about 15,000 RA patients altogether, reveals that those who are in more pain at the start of treatment and those for whom the pain continues unrelieved are less likely to benefit from medications intended to reduce inflammation, perhaps because the pain interferes with response to the drugs.
- More Evidence that RA Can Arise in the Lungs: New information about why smoking increases the risk for RA. Lung damage caused by smoking causes the immune system to attack molecular structures that are shared by infectious organisms and cells in the joints.
- Half of Lupus Patients Can Safely Taper Immunosuppressants: Here's How: 1.5 million Americans, most of them young women, have the chronic disease known as lupus, also an autoimmune condition in which the immune defense system painfully attacks the joints. Research at the EULAR conference reveals for the first time that for many patients with lupus it is possible to withdraw this medication safely, and that patients can remain drug-free for years without relapsing.
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