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Early, intensive treatment of RA provides long-term benefits and may normalise mortality rates — long-term follow-up study

The results of a 23-year, follow-up study presented at the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) Annual Congress 2018 suggest early, intensive treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has long-term benefits including the normalisation of mortality to levels consistent with the general population. “We know that the adverse effects of rheumatoid arthritis on the body only become…

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NSAIDs shown to have causal role in cardiovascular risk of patients with osteoarthritis

The results of a study presented at EULAR 2018 suggest that over two-thirds of the increased cardiovascular risk associated with osteoarthritis is linked to the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), a mainstay of treatment for this condition. Recent research suggests that osteoarthritis is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and several mechanisms…

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