Rheumatology (Greek ρεύμα, rheuma, river) is a sub-specialty in internal medicine and pediatrics, devoted to diagnosis and therapyof rheumatic diseases. Clinicians who specialize in rheumatology are called rheumatologists. Rheumatologists deal mainly with clinical problems involving joints, soft tissues, autoimmune diseases, vasculitis, and heritable connective tissue disorders.

FVC inadequate when assessing scleroderma lung disease

PARIS – The traditional way to assess the status of interstitial lung disease in patients with systemic sclerosis, forced vital capacity, may not be the best way, based on a new analysis of 83...

Field of Interest: Rheumatology
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Tofacitinib bests methotrexate for RA

Tofacitinib was superior to methotrexate at reducing the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, improving physical function, and slowing the progression of joint damage in a 2-year, phase III...

Field of Interest: Rheumatology
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Gut inflammation linked to worsening spondyloarthritis

Spondyloarthritis patients with microscopic gut inflammation had to start anti–tumor necrosis factor treatment sooner in the course of their disease than patients without gut inflammation in a...

Field of Interest: Rheumatology
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Different triggers found for knee and hand OA

Mechanical stress is the most important underlying mechanism in osteoarthritis of the knees, while systemic processes may contribute most to hand osteoarthritis, Dutch researchers <link...

Field of Interest: Rheumatology
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The challenge of implementing Less is More medicine: A European perspective

Author(s): Omar Kherad, Nathan Peiffer-Smadja, Lina Karlafti, Margus Lember, Nathalie Van Aerde, Orvar Gunnarsson, Cristian Baicus, Miguel Bigotte Vieira, António Vaz-Carneiro, Antonio Brucato, Ivica Lazurova, Wiktoria Leśniak, Thomas Hanslik, Stephen Hewitt, Eleni Papanicolaou, Olga Boeva, Dror Dicker, Biljana Ivanovska, Pinar Yldiz, Patrick Lacor, Mark Cranston, Frauke Weidanz, Giorgio Costantino, Nicola Montano
Date:16 April 2020

Medical and surgical co-management – A strategy of improving the quality and outcomes of perioperative care

Author(s): Carmen Fierbinţeanu-Braticevicia, Matthias Raspeb, Alin Liviu Predac, Evija Livčāned, Leonid Lazebnike, Soňa Kiňováf, Evert- Jan de Kruijfg, Radovan Hojsh, Thomas Hansliki, Mine Durusu-Tanrioverj, Francesco Dentalik, Xavier Corbellal, Pietro Castellinom, Monica Bivoln, Stefano Bassettio, Vasco Barretop, Eduardo Montero Ruizq, Luis Camposr, The Working Group on Professional Issues and Quality of Care of the European Federation of Internal Medicine (EFIM)
Date:15 November 2018

Hospital ambulatory medicine: A leading strategy for Internal Medicine in Europe

Author(s): Xavier Corbellaa, Vasco Barretob, Stefano Bassettic, Monica Bivold, Pietro Castellinoe, Evert-Jan de Kruijff, Francesco Dentalig, Mine Durusu-Tanriöverh, Carmen Fierbinţeanu-Braticevicii, Thomas Hanslikj, Radovan Hojsk, Soňa Kiňovál, Leonid Lazebnikm, Evija Livčānen, Matthias Raspeo, Luis Camposp, The Working Group on Professional Issues and Quality of Care, European Federation of Internal Medicine (EFIM)
Date:14 April 2018


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