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Small Changes, and Hopes, for Preventing Dementia. What we really want, if we're honest, is a pill or a shot that would allow us to stop worrying about ever sinking into dementia. New York Times, 07/15/2014.

Cerebral large vessel vasculitis in systemic lupus erythematosus. A female patient with the diagnosis of SLE presented with stroke-like symptoms, headache and vertigo, and palpable purpura on her legs. Further investigations revealed that she suffered from both vasculitis of the cerebral large vessels and coexisting cutaneous small-vessel vasculitis. PubMed, Lupus, 2014 Jun 26. (Also see: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Vasculitis)

Dentists' Knowledge, Confidence Tied to Care for Scleroderma Patients. Dentists' awareness of protocols and complications associated with treating patients with scleroderma may help improve their oral health care. TuftsNow, Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, June 2014. (Also see: Scleroderma Dental Involvement)

Lung Treatments Slow Damage From Fatal Lung Disease in Studies. Drugs made by Intermune Inc. and Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH slowed progression of a lung disease with no cure that often kills people three to five years after diagnosis, according to findings reported by two studies. Bloomberg, 05/19/2014. (Also see: Pulmonary Fibrosis Research)

Immune responses to stress in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriasis. Patients with RA have a different immune response to stress than patients with psoriasis or healthy controls. More needs to be learned about the complex interaction between stress, immune parameters and chronic inflammation. PubMed, Rheumatology (Oxford), 2014 May 20. (Also see: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis and Stress)

Risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc): a systematic review and meta-analysis. This study demonstrated a statistically significant increased CAD risk among patients with SSc. PubMed, Clin Rheumatol, 2014 May 25. (Also see: Scleroderma Heart Involvement)

Death Risk Down With Pneumonia Antibiotic. Use of antibiotic regimens that included azithromycin were associated with a clinical benefit in older male veterans hospitalized with pneumonia. Med Page Today, 06/06/2014.

Depression, anxiety, and quality of life in a large cohort of patients with rheumatic diseases: common, yet undertreated. For the management of depression and anxiety, an increased awareness among physicians dealing with rheumatologic patients is warranted in order to integrate detection and effective treatment of anxiety and depression into the routine clinical practice. PubMed, Clin Rheumatol, 2014 May 25. (Also see: Depression and Rheumatic Diseases)

Scleroderma Renal Crisis (SRC). This study shows that dialysis is frequently indicated but can be stopped in about half of patients, mainly those with good blood pressure control. PubMed, J Rheumatol. 2014 Jun;41(6):1040-1048. (Also see: Kidney Involvement: Dialysis)

Learning a second language at any age may slow the brain's decline. There's an increasing amount of scientific support for the benefits of knowing (at least) two languages and picking up a new language even a little later in life can have serious cognitive benefits for the aging brain. Chicago Tribune, 06/02/2014.

Identification of lymphoma predictors in patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome: a systematic literature review and meta-analysis. Patients with primary Sjögren syndrome have an increased risk of lymphoma or lymphoproliferative disease compared to the general population and ascertaining relevant and reliable predictors would greatly facilitate the identification of patients at elevated risk for closer monitoring. PubMed, Rheumatol Int, 2014 Jun 5. (Also see: Sjogren's Syndrome)

United Kingdom survey of current management of juvenile localized scleroderma. How monitoring tools are accessed, used and perceived by paediatric rheumatologists and dermatologists in the UK varies between and within clinician groups, as do treatment prescribing patterns and transition arrangements. PubMed, Rheumatology (Oxford). 2014 May 21. (Also see: Juvenile Scleroderma Experts)

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