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A poor sense of smell could mean the end is nigh. Losing the sense of smell is one of the most accurate signs of failing health. The Telegraph, 10/01/2014. (Also see: Taste and Smell Impairments)

Evaluation of Germinal Center (GC)-like Structures and B Cell Clonality in Patients with Primary Sjögren Syndrome with and without Lymphoma. GC-like structures seen in minor salivary glands may represent various subtypes of CD21+ infiltrates. A clear association between cellular infiltrates, B cell clonality, and lymphoma development was unable to be detected. PubMed, J Rheumatol, 2014 Oct 1. (Also see: Sjogren's Syndrome)

Pictorial review of intrathoracic manifestations of progressive systemic sclerosis. Intra-thoracic manifestations of PSS are not well known. The study illustrates the whole spectrum of intrathoracic manifestations of PSS and aims to familiarize the physician and radiologist with these features. Annals of Thoractic Medicine, 4 Sept 2014. (Also see: Common Medical Tests)

Nip the flu bug in the bud by managing stress. As the days get shorter, our thoughts turn to last year's flu and bronchitis season. Is there a way to not just treat symptoms but prevent those and other illnesses in the first place? Chicago Tribune, 10/03/2014. (Also see: Stress)

The role of salivary gland elastosonography in Sjogren's syndrome (SS): preliminary results. With the progression of Sjogren's, the elasticity scores of the parotid glands increase gradually, indicating that ultrasonic elastosonography has the potential to demonstrate the progression of the disease. PubMed, Int J Rheum Dis, 2014 Sep 15. (Also see: Sjogren's Syndrome)

Is atherosclerosis accelerated in systemic sclerosis (SSc)? Novel insights. Although microvascular disease is a hallmark of SSc, mechanistic insights explaining the presence of accelerated atherosclerosis, and the presence and extent of macrovascular disease in SSc patients are lacking and future challenges will be to unravel the genetic, environmental and ethnic determinants of such processes. PubMed, Curr Opin Rheumatol, 2014 Nov;26(6):653-7. (Also see: Atherosclerosis)

Patients tend to listen more to female doctors. Women are more likely to heed guidance on nutrition, exercise and weight loss when it comes from doctors who are female, rather than male, a new study suggests. Chicago Tribune, 10/03/2014.

Antiphosphatidylserine antibodies(aPS) as diagnostic indicators of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). Findings reveal a significant association between aPS and APS, especially when used to diagnosis clinical cases with other negative aPL tests and there is an independent association between aPS and primary APS. PubMed, Lupus, 2014 Sep 24. (Also see: Antiphospholipid Syndrome)

Interstitial lung disease (ILD) in connective tissue disease (CTD) - mechanisms and management. Data from treatment trials in systemic sclerosis support the use of immunosuppressive therapy, with the treatment benefit largely relating to the prevention of progression of lung disease. PubMed, Nat Rev Rheumatol, 2014 Sep 30. (Also see: Pulmonary Fibrosis Treatments and Connective Tissue Disease)

Lung cancer can remain dormant for 20 YEARS before it grows and spreads rapidly. Lung cancer can remain dormant for 20 years before it is triggered into an aggressive form of the disease, a new study has warned. Mail Online, 10/09/2014. (Also see: Lung Cancer)

Cardiopulmonary correlates of cognition in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Patients with mild SLE disease activity have cognitive dysfunction associated with certain objective markers of exercise capacity and activity levels and additional studies are needed to better understand the relationship between cognition and physical activity in patients with SLE. PubMed, Lupus, 2014 Sep 23. (Also see: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: Brain Involvement)

Evaluation and management of gastrointestinal manifestations in scleroderma (SSc). Patient care is being optimized by close collaboration of rheumatologists and gastroenterologists, leading to a more coordinated approach in the management of gastrointestinal manifestations of SSc. PubMed, Curr Opin Rheumatol, 2014 Nov;26(6):621-9. (Also see: Gastrointestinal Involvement)



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