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Study finds alarming global rise in use of antibiotics. Antibiotic use has surged by 36% worldwide in a decade, much of it unwarranted, according to a new study. Chicago Tribune, 07/10/2014.

Sjögren's syndrome (pSS): still not fully understood disease. Laboratory biomarkers and useful imaging tools for predicting the development of complications associated with Sjogren's. PubMed, Rheumatol Int, 2014 Jul 2. (Also see: Sjogrens Syndrome)

Arterial vasculopathy in systemic sclerosis (SSc): Computerized tomography (CT) angiographic features of macrovascular and microvascular upper limbs arteries. Macrovascular arterial vasculopathy of upper limbs may occur in SSc irrespective of the disease pattern and major arteries can be affected in association with other medium sized arteries of the forearms and microvascular arterial branches of the hands. PubMed, Joint Bone Spine, 2014 Jun 20. (Also see: Vascular Involvement)

Shorter sleep may speed brain aging. With less sleep, normal aging-related structural changes in the brain progress slightly faster in middle-aged and older people, according to a new brain imaging study. Chicago Tribune, 07/10/2010.

Cytokine profiles in polymyositis (PM) and dermatomyositis (DM) complicated by rapidly progressive or chronic interstitial lung disease (ILD). The presence of anti-NXP2 autoantibodies substantially increases the risk of calcinosis across all ages and is associated with disease severity. PubMed, Rheumatology (Oxford), 2014 Jul 1. (Also see: Dermatomyositis Symptoms and Calcinosis)

Effect of menopause on the modified Rodnan skin score (mRSS) in systemic sclerosis (SSc). Results suggest that menopause has a substantial effect on skin thickening in diffuse SSc, with postmenopausal status being associated with a lower mean mRSS compared to premenopausal status. PubMed, Arthritis Res Ther, 2014 Jun 23;16(3):R130. (Also see: Skin Fibrosis)

Worried You May Be Developing Alzheimer's? Check Your Eyes. People worried they might be developing early signs of Alzheimer's may be able to ask their eye doctors to have a quick peek during a regular exam, experts reported. NBC News, 07/13/2014.

Calcinosis in juvenile dermatomyositis is influenced by both anti-NXP2 autoantibody status and age at disease onset. The presence of anti-NXP2 autoantibodies substantially increases the risk of calcinosis across all ages and is associated with disease severity. PubMed, Rheumatology (Oxford), 2014 Jul 1. (Also see: Dermatomyositis Symptoms and Calcinosis)

Evidence-based detection of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in systemic sclerosis (SSc): the DETECT study. The novel, evidence-based DETECT algorithm for PAH detection in SSc is a sensitive, non-invasive tool which minimises missed diagnoses, identifies milder disease and addresses resource usage. PubMed, Ann Rheum Dis, 2014 Jul;73(7):1340-9. (Also see: Pulmonary Hypertension)

Hospitals Underusing Keyhole Surgery. Minimally invasive surgery is less painful, leads to fewer complications and leaves smaller scars. Yet a new study finds hospitals are not using the technique as often as they should. NBC News, 07/08/2014.

There is still a care gap in osteoporosis management for patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Although compliance with current osteoporosis guidelines remains low among all patients with rheumatoid arthritis, higher risk patients were more likely to have a bone mineral density test and receive treatment for osteoporosis. PubMed, Joint Bone Spine, 2014 Apr 2. (Also see: Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoporosis)

Involvement of CD161+ Vδ1+ γδ T cells in systemic sclerosis (SSc): association with interstitial pneumonia (IP). The small proportion and the altered cell functions of CD161+ Vδ1+ γδ T cells among peripheral blood mononuclear cells in SSc patients play a role in the pathogenesis of IP and may play a regulatory role in pathogenesis. PubMed, Rheumatology (Oxford), 2014 Jun 27. (Also see: B and T Cells and Systemic Sclerosis)



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