Frequent Smartphone Use Linked To Impaired Hand Function

Put down that smart phone… here’s why


More Frequent Smartphone Use May Be Linked To Impaired Hand Function, Pinch Strength.

Pauline Anderson writing in Medscape reported that a study indicates that “university students who most frequently use a smartphone are more likely to have an enlarged median nerve and to have impaired hand function and pinch strength compared with those who” do not use their smartphones as much. The findings were published in Muscle & Nerve.


Comment: I imagine this won’t have any effect on smart phone user behavior.


A test that predicts RA flares… next

Tenosynovitis Detected By High-power Ultrasound May Accurately Predict Chance Of Disease Flare In Patients With RA Who Are In Clinical Remission.

Reported in Rheumatology News, research indicates that “tenosynovitis detected by high-power ultrasound accurately predicted the chance of a disease flare in patients with rheumatoid arthritis who were in clinical remission.” Individuals “who had tenosynotivis as detected by power Doppler ultrasound were almost 5 times more likely to have a flare requiring an acceleration of treatment within 6 months, Dr. Emanuela Bellis reported at the annual meeting of the European League Against Rheumatism.”


Comment: Diagnostic ultrasound is rapidly becoming the rheumatologists’ stethoscope.


An interesting risk factor for ankylosing spondylitis… next

Low Birth Weight, Childhood Infections May Be Associated With Later Development Of Ankylosing Spondylitis.

Nancy Walsh writing for MedPage Today reported that research indicated that “low birth weight and childhood infections were associated with the later development of ankylosing spondylitis.” The study also indicated that “individuals who were diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis more often had older siblings, which is often considered a proxy for greater exposure to childhood infections…said” Ulf Lindstrom, PhD, at “a press conference at the annual meeting of the European League Against Rheumatism.”

Comment: Very interesting

This drug increases the risk of shingles…

Prednisone May Contribute To Herpes Zoster Risk In Patients With RA.

Nancy Walsh writing in MedPage Today reported that research suggests that individuals “with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have an elevated risk for herpes zoster, particularly with increasing age, but the only immunomodulating medication that contributes to the risk is prednisone.”

The findings were published in Arthritis Care and Research.


Comment: Interesting finding.

A blood test that predicts the prognosis for knee osteoarthritis… next


CRP May Be Associated With Presence, Progression Of Bone Marrow Lesions In Patients With Knee OA.

Susan London writing in Rheumatology News reported, “C-reactive protein is associated with the presence and progression of bone marrow lesions in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee [knee OA], according to data from a cohort study of 192 patients…reported at the World Congress on Osteoarthritis.” The study found that “as patients’ baseline CRP quartile increased, so did their odds of having bone marrow lesions (odds ratio, 1.45) and worsening of those lesions during follow-up (odds ratio, 1.56).”


Comment: Interesting and I’d like to know more.


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