Ultrasound Findings Can Improve Classification of RA Compared to clinical diagnosis of synovitis, ultrasound-detected synovitis provides either improved sensitivity or specificity when used with the American College of Rheumatology/European League Against Rheumatism criteria for identifying patients with a disease requiring methotrexate treatment, according to research published in the April issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism.
Chiropractic Therapy Helps Reduce Acute Low Back Pain Military personnel with acute lower back pain who receive chiropractic manipulative therapy in addition to standard medical care show significantly improved scores for pain relief and physical functioning, compared to those receiving only standard medical care, according to a study published in the April 15 issue of Spine.
Healthy Lifestyle Offsets Cardio Risks From Job Strain For individuals with job strain, a healthy lifestyle is associated with a reduced risk of coronary artery disease, according to a study published online May 13 in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.
Cognitive Health Info From Doctors Found to Be Lacking Communication between patients and physicians regarding activities that may be beneficial to maintaining cognitive functioning during aging may be lacking, according to a study published online April 18 in Preventing Chronic Disease.
No Change in Sodium Content of Ready Food From '05 to '11 From 2005 to 2011, there was no significant change in the sodium content of processed and fast-food restaurant foods; and on average, meals at sit-down restaurants contain more than a full day's worth of sodium, according to two studies published online May 13 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
USPSTF Recommends Screening Adults for Alcohol Misuse The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends primary care screening for alcohol misuse for all adults aged 18 years and older, and further recommends providing brief counseling interventions for those who engage in risky or hazardous behavior, according to a Recommendation Statement published in the May 14 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Social Considerations Not Accounted for in DSM-5 Social and population variations in mental diagnosis are not accounted for in the newly revised fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, according to an editorial published in the May issue of Health Affairs.
Experts Aim to Draw Attention to High Cancer Drug Costs A group of more than 100 leukemia experts believes the current prices of chronic myelogenous leukemia drugs are too high, may compromise access of needy patients to highly effective therapy, and are harmful to the sustainability of national health care systems, according to an editorial published online April 25 in Blood.