Vasodilator therapy and low-dose acetylsalicylic acid appear to protect against the incidence of distinct manifestations of myocardial disease in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc), a recent study has found.
Antibiotic-refractory Lyme arthritis (ARLA) and treatment-associated toxicity occur more frequently among older children and those with prolonged arthritis, arthritis limited to the knees or poor initial response to antibiotics, according to a study.
Serum chitotriosidase levels appear to be useful in predicting a poor prognosis in patients with antimelanoma differentiation-associated gene 5 antibody (anti-MDA5)–positive dermatomyositis (DM)/clinically amyopathic DM-associated interstitial lung disease (DM/CADM-ILD), suggests a study.
Ultrasound may provide valuable information for the differential diagnosis of acute erosive arthritis, with a recent study showing that subcutaneous tissue changes and periosteal vascularity are more common in acute osteomyelitis (OM), whereas periosteal tophaceous material distinguishes gouty arthritis from acute OM and rheumatoid arthritis.
In patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and stable coronary artery disease (CAD), rivaroxaban monotherapy is noninferior to combination treatment with an antiplatelet therapy in terms of cutting the risk of cardiovascular events and mortality, according to data from the AFIRE trial.