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.

Childhood sports knee injuries carry heavy burden

PARIS – Knee trauma from a childhood sports injury can have serious consequences in young adults, judging from preliminary results from a historical cohort. When assessed 3-10 years after the sports...

Field of Interest: Rheumatology
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PCPs all over the map in conservative OA therapy use

PARIS – Use of conservative, nonpharmacologic osteoarthritis therapies was relatively low and varied considerably across 10 primary care clinics within the same U.S. health care system. In seven of...

Field of Interest: Rheumatology
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Negative moods tied to OA pain flares

PARIS – Patients with knee osteoarthritis are significantly more likely to experience a flare if they report a higher negative mood in the previous 10 days. Passive coping strategies such as "I...

Field of Interest: Rheumatology
Type: News Item

Walking disability raises red flag in diabetics with OA

PARIS – Walking disability from hip or knee osteoarthritis puts patients with comorbid diabetes at increased risk for serious diabetes complications, according to a retrospective cohort study. After...

Field of Interest: Rheumatology
Type: News Item

Asthma deaths declined modestly during 1999-2010

SAN DIEGO – Between 1999 and 2010, age-adjusted deaths from asthma in the United States declined modestly but significantly, deaths from angioedema increased significantly, and deaths from...

Field of Interest: Rheumatology
Type: News Item

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: MERS – What physicians need to know

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Dr. Daniel C. Payne has been investigating the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus since the first case was reported in the Arabian Peninsula nearly 2 years ago. An...

Field of Interest: Rheumatology
Type: News Item

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Clinical practice guidelines adaptation for internists - An EFIM methodology

Author(s): Wiktoria Leśniak, Laura Morbidoni, Dror Dicker, Ignacio Marín-León
Date:25 June 2020

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

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The specialty of internal medicine covers a wide range of conditions affecting the internal organs of the body. Although some diseases specifically affect individual organs, the majority of common diseases. The internist must then be trained to recognise and manage a broad range of diseases and, with the aging population, many patients with chronic and multiple disorders.

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