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Psoriatic Arthritis: Impacting Ability to Work

According to a recent study, for patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) who are older and have had disease duration of 2 to 5 years and worse physical function, this can negatively affect the person’s ability to keep a job [Rheumatology. 2014; DOI:10.1093/rheumatology/keu264].

However, the researchers found that employer awareness and helpfulness can have a positive influence on keeping the individual with PsA employed.

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Colorectal Cancer Mortality Rates Related to Colonoscopic Polyp Removal

According to a recent study, in patients with colorectal cancer (CRC) who have high-risk adenoma polyps removed after screening via colonoscopy, colonoscopic surveillance reduces CRC incidence and mortality [N Engl J Med. 2014; DOI:10.1056/NEJMoa1315870]. However, there is no reduction in patients who have low-risk adenoma polyps removed.

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Panelists Debate ACC/AHA Guidelines for Treating High Cholesterol

San Francisco—In November 2013, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) released new guidelines for treatment with lipids and recommended the use of statins for millions of more adults, including most patients with type 2 diabetes. This was the first update since the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) released its most recent Adult Treatment Panel guidelines in 2001, which were modified in 2004.

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