Finger Joint #Cartilage Evaluated by Semiquantitative #Ultrasound Score in Patients With #Rheumatoid Arthritis

Joint destruction in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) includes both bone and cartilage lesions. Since joint space narrowing (JSN) is not a direct evaluation of cartilage using radiography, we aimed to examine the validity of ultrasound (US) cartilage evaluation using a semiquantitative method in patients with RA. Methods We enrolled 103 patients with RA who were in remission or showing low disease activity and 42 healthy subjects. … Continue reading Finger Joint #Cartilage Evaluated by Semiquantitative #Ultrasound Score in Patients With #Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Incidence of adverse #cardiovascular events in type 2 #diabetes mellitus patients after initiation of glucose‐lowering agents: A population‐based community study from the Shizuoka Kokuho database

Increased incidence of hospitalization for heart failure (HHF) among patients with diabetes is increasingly being reported. We investigated the incidence of adverse cardiovascular events including HHF among patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, and the potential clinical improvement with sodium–glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitors (SGLT2i) using a contemporary administrative claims database from a large governmental district of Japan. We included initiators of any oral glucose‐lowering drugs … Continue reading Incidence of adverse #cardiovascular events in type 2 #diabetes mellitus patients after initiation of glucose‐lowering agents: A population‐based community study from the Shizuoka Kokuho database

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