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Cardiovascular disease refers to the class of diseases that involve the heart and/or blood vessels (arteries and veins). Most Western countries face high and ever‐increasing rates of cardiovascular disease. Each year, more Americans are killed by heart disease than by cancer. Diseases of the...
Objective: The impetus towards early treatment for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) requires more reliable disease markers than the non‐specific immunoglobulin M (IgM) rheumatoid factor (RF). To determine the accuracy of newer biomarkers for RA testing for antibody against cyclic...
Objective: To determine whether serum leptin levels are elevated in men with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and whether the levels correlate with serum cytokine profiles and disease activity of AS. Methods: Forty‐two male patients with newly diagnosed AS were enrolled. Their Bath AS Disease...
Objectives: We undertook this study to test the hypotheses that patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are insulin resistant and that anti‐tumour necrosis factor‐ॅ (TNFॅ) therapy improves not only the clinical state of these patients but also their glucose metabolism. Methods:...
Objective: The percentage of negative temporal artery biopsies (TABs) remains very high in patients with suspected giant cell arteritis (GCA). The aim of our study was to identify the clinical predictors of TAB results to improve the effectiveness of this diagnostic procedure. Methods: We...
Background: The disproportionate ferritin response encountered in some patients with adult Still's disease (ASD) may reflect a fundamental aspect in the pathophysiology of ASD. Methods: An observational case–control study of 22 ASD patients followed for 63 months. Baseline laboratory data were...
Objective: This study was designed to search for risk factors predicting mortality of patients with Wegener's granulomatosis (WG) treated on the intensive care unit (ICU). Methods: Seventeen patients admitted to the ICU of an University Hospital for an acute illness related to WG were analysed...
Objective: The aim was to study the changing structure and resources in a rheumatism hospital during the period 1977–1999 when rheumatology care was decentralized and new treatment strategies were introduced. Methods: Data on hospital management and production were retrieved retrospectively....
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