FDA Arthritis Advisory Panel Votes Against Approval of Etoricoxib for Osteoarthritis

Arthritis News > FDA Votes Against Approval of Etoricoxib FDA Arthritis Advisory Panel Votes Against Approval of Etoricoxib for Osteoarthritis Recently, the FDA Arthritis Advisory Committee reviewed the New Drug Application of the drug etoricoxib (Arcoxia), a COX-2 selective NSAID manufactured by Merck & Co., for use in the treatment of osteoarthritis pain.  After review […]

Do Occupational Exposures Increase the Risk of Death from Systemic Autoimmune Disease

Arthritis News > Occupational Exposures adn Systemic Autoimmune Disease Do Occupational Exposures Increase the Risk of Death from Systemic Autoimmune Disease? Jon Giles, M.D. Background: Both genetic and environmental exposures, to varying degrees, are felt to contribute to the risk and severity of systemic autoimmune diseases (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis (RA), lupus, etc…).  While some clear […]

Corticosteroids Linked to Cardiovascular Events in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Arthritis News > Corticosteroids Linked to Cardiovascular Events Corticosteroids Linked to Cardiovascular Events in Rheumatoid Arthritis Corticosteroids are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease in the general population.  However, there are conflicting data on the CV risk of corticosteroids in RA, as their potent anti-inflammatory properties may result in a net beneficial […]

Demand for Rheumatologists to Outpace Supply

Arthritis News > Demand Growing for Rheumatologists Demand for Rheumatologists Expected to Exceed Supply in Coming Decades An increase in older adults combined with a greater ability to effectively manage many inflammatory musculoskeletal disorders is expected to require an increase in the number of practicing rheumatologists over the coming decades.  In order to anticipate and […]

Coffee Consumption May Protect Against the Development of Gout

Arthritis News > Coffee Consumption and the Development of Gout Coffee Consumption May Protect Against the Development of Gout Dietary risk factors, such as meat and alcohol consumption, are well recognized as contributing factors to gout flares in patients with established gout.  These same factors have been shown to associate with elevated serum uric acid […]