Gastroenterology

CRP can help assess severity of acute ulcerative colitis

(HealthDay)—A C-reactive protein (CRP) cutoff is a sensitive and practical alternative to erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) as a criterion to help determine ulcerative colitis (UC) activity, according to a study published ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Recommendations developed for evaluating chronic diarrhea

(HealthDay)—In new American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) clinical practice guidelines, published in the September issue of Gastroenterology, recommendations are presented for laboratory evaluation of chronic watery ...

Arthritis & Rheumatism

Consensus statement issued on management of foot, ankle gout

(HealthDay)—The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners-Orthopedics Specialty Practice Group have issued a new joint clinical consensus statement on the etiology, ...

Arthritis & Rheumatism

Combo therapy not needed if low RA disease activity achieved

(HealthDay)—Once low rheumatoid arthritis (RA) disease activity is achieved with tocilizumab (TCZ) plus methotrexate (MTX), patients can discontinue MTX without significant disease worsening, according to a study published ...

Arthritis & Rheumatism

Obesity may influence rheumatoid arthritis blood tests

New research reveals that in women, obesity may influence blood tests used to diagnose and monitor rheumatoid arthritis. The findings, which appear in Arthritis Care & Research, indicate that physicians need to take obesity ...

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