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Trabecular Bone Score (TBS) in Female Patients with Systemic Sclerosis (SSc): Comparison with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Influence of Glucocorticoid (GC) Exposure. SSc-related bone involvement is characterized by an impairment in bone quality in addition to reduced bone quantity, and TBS can identify the negative effect of GC on bone microarchitecture. PubMed, J Rheumatol, 12/01/2014. (Also see:Osteoporosis and Scleroderma and Osteoporosis and Glucocorticoids, Steroids (Prednisone))

Study: Unneeded Stress Tests Too Common. Cardiac stress tests done with imaging have risen substantially and more than a third appeared inappropriate. MedPage Today, 10/14/2014. (Also see:Diagnosis of Systemic Scleroderma Heart Involvement)

Role of bone scan in the assessment of polymyositis/dermatomyositis. The findings of this study suggest that bone scan is a useful imaging technique for the evaluation of PM/DM patients. PubMed, Clin Rheumatol, 12/12/2014. (Also see: Diagnosis of Dermatomyosis and Polymyositis)

Advances in the evaluation and management of esophageal disease of systemic sclerosis (SSc). In addition to reviewing gastroesophageal reflux disease management in patients with SSc, present and potential uses of endoscopy, reflux monitoring, manometry, impedance planimetry, and endoscopic ultrasound are discussed. PubMed, Curr Rheumatol Rep, 2015 Jan;17(1):475. (Also see: Heartburn, GERD and Scleroderma)

BMI may not be the last word on health risks, some experts say. Physical fitness may be more important than body weight in determining health risks. Los Angeles Times, 12/19/2014.

Evaluation of Left Atrial Function by Real-time 3-D Echocardiography in Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). Real-time 3-D echocardiography may have better diagnostic value than traditional echo indexes in detecting subclinical cardiac dysfunction in patients with SLE. PubMed, J Rheumatol, 12/15/2014. (Also see: Symptoms and Complications of Lupus)

Borderline pulmonary arterial pressure (BoPAP) in systemic sclerosis patients: a post-hoc analysis of the DETECT study. In this exploratory post–hoc analysis of the DETECT study population patients with BoPAP could be distinguished from patients with normal mean pulmonary artery pressures and pulmonary arterial hypertension. PubMed, Arthritis Res Ther, 2014 Dec 10;16(6):493. (Also see: Pulmonary Hypertension)

No longer just a smoker's disease, lung cancer gets treatments. Lung cancer lags behind other forms of cancer in research and awareness, largely because many people feel it's self-inflicted: 80 percent get the disease from smoking. Chicago Tribune, 12/14/2014. (Also see: Lung Cancer)

Chronic leg ulcers in adult patients with rheumatological diseases — a 7-year retrospective review. Management of chronic leg ulcers in rheumatological patients is challenging and careful clinicopathological correlation and treatment of the underlying cause is important. PubMed, Int Wound J, 2014 Dec;11(6):601-4. (Also see: Leg and Foot Ulcers)

Role of Cellular Senescence and NOX4-Mediated Oxidative Stress in Systemic Sclerosis (SSc) Pathogenesis. Numerous studies have implicated oxidative stress in SSc pathogenesis, suggesting a plausible mechanism in which excessive oxidative stress induces cellular senescence and that the molecular events play an important role in the fibrotic and fibroproliferative vasculopathy characteristic of SSc. PubMed, Curr Rheumatol Rep, 2015 Jan;17(1):473. (Also see: Causes of Scleroderma: Fibroblasts)

How and why to drink less at the holidays. Holidays are a time when alcohol intake can get away from you. You can, however, cut down and still be of good cheer. Chicago Tribune, 12/16/2014.

Increased risk of ischaemic stroke among patients with multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis is declared to be associated with an increased risk in developing stroke, which requires closer attention to this group of patients for stroke prevention, especially in the younger population. PubMed, Eur J Neurol, 11/29/2014. (Also see: Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis)

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