Rheumatology Roundup

  1. There is now good evidence that losing weight can reduce cartilage degeneration. Significantly less deterioration in knee cartilage was seen in people who had lost 5% or 10% of their body weight over four years, according to a comparison of radiographs of 640 obese and overweight people either with or at risk of osteoarthritis.
  1. Almost a quarter of adult rheumatologists treat children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, a US study finds. But, while they feel confident diagnosing the condition, only three quarters of them feel comfortable treating it. Adult rheumatologists tended to initiate DMARDS and biologics in children later than their paediatric peers, although at three months, treatment regimens were similar.

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