Journal Club

What we discussed at this month’s Rheumatology Journal Club with our residents:

deVos et al. Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection for Chronic Achilles Tendinopathy. JAMA 2010; 303:2. PRP injection was no better than saline injection.

Merrill et al. Efficacy and Safety of Rituximab in Moderately-to-Severely Active Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Arthritis and Rheumatism 2010; 62:1. No difference between placebo and Rituximab.

Peters et al. Does Rheumatoid Arthritis Equal Diabetes Mellitus as an Independent Risk Factor for Cardiovascular Disease? A Prospectove Study. Arthritis and Rheumatism 2009; 61:11. The risk of cardiovascular disease in patients with RA is elevated compared with the general population. Consider risk factor modification similar to diabetics.

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