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Clinical and laboratory features of overlap syndromes (OS) of idiopathic inflammatory myopathies associated with systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis, or RA. This is the first study to show the different characteristics of a series of patients with connective tissue disease (CTD)-OS in the heterogeneous Brazilian population. PubMed, Clin Rheumatol, 2014 Jul 4. (Also see: Systemic Sclerosis in Overlap)

Breakthrough in bid to cure blindness as scientists identify gene linked to inherited disease. Scientists have moved closer to a breakthrough in 'personalised' treatments for a leading cause of blindness. Mail Online, 07/11/2014.

Vasculitis: determinants of disease patterns. Certain antigens, including infectious agents, might become disease-relevant and vascular diversity could influence disease phenotypes and the spectrum of vascular inflammatory diseases. PubMed, Nat Rev Rheumatol, 2014 Jun 17. (Also see: Vasculitis)

The global peripheral chemoreflex drive (GPCD) in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc): a rebreathing and exercise study. The GPCD was diminished in dcSSc patients, suggesting an altered control of breathing and its assessment may help the clinician to better understand reported exercise intolerance and exertional dyspnea in dcSSc patients. PubMed, QJM. 2014 Jul 13. (Also see: Lung Involvement)

Could global warming cause surge in kidney stones? Hot weather increases risk of painful condition, experts claim. Higher temperatures contribute to dehydration, which increases the risk of kidney stones in those people predisposed to the condition, a new study has found. Mail Online, 07/12/2014.

Lupus mesenteric vasculitis (LMV): Clinical features and associated factors for the recurrence and prognosis of disease. The clinical characteristics of (LMV) and the potential factors and appropriate treatments associated with disease relapse and prognosis. PubMed, Semin Arthritis Rheum. 2014 Jun;43(6):759-66. (Also see: Vasculitis and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)

A cross-sectional electromyography (EMG) assessment in linear scleroderma (LS) patients. In a small series of LS patients, there was a surprising amount of muscle dysfunction by EMG. The muscle involvement may be possibly related to a secondary peripheral nerve involvement due to LS inflammation and fibrosis. PubMed, Pediatr Rheumatol Online J. 2014 Jul 12;12:27. (Also see: Linear Scleroderma)

Tattoo health risks: Why you should think before you ink. When safety standards are followed, tattoos are usually trouble-free, but tattoos can pose health risks that many people might not consider. Health City, 06/05/2014.

Assessment of fatigue using the Multidimensional Fatigue Inventory in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). The Chinese MFI-20 is a valid and reliable instrument for the assessment of fatigue in MDD patients with residual symptoms. The construct of fatigue in MDD seems to be different from that in medical conditions. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 06/30/2014. (Also see: Fatigue and Depression)

Systemic Sclerosis (SSc) and the Risk of Tuberculosis (TB). In this nationwide study, the incidence of TB infection was significantly higher among patients with SSc than in controls without SSc and special care should be taken in managing patients with SSc who are at high risk for TB. PubMed, J Rheumatol, 2014 Jul 15. (Also see: Tuberculosis and Scleroderma)

An 'Emotional Burden' Rarely Discussed. The National Center for Health Statistics has published a new report documenting the extent of incontinence among older adults living independently, receiving home health care services or residing in assisted living centers and nursing homes. New York Times, 07/22/2014.

Functional Impact of a Spectrum of Interstitial Lung Abnormalities (ILAs) in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Improved risk stratification and detection of ILAs will provide a therapeutic window that could improve RA-ILD (interstitial lung disease) outcomes. CHEST Journal 2014;146(1):41-50. (Also see: Rheumatoid Arthritis)

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