The American College of Rheumatology recently wound up its annual scientific meeting in Chicago. Mayo Clinic’s Center for Social Media team covered this as a news event and profiled the discoveries of several of the researchers from Mayo Clinic and other institutions.
Lead researcher Shreyasee Amin, MD, a rheumatologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., says women under 50 with rheumatoid arthritis need to know that even though they are young, they need to take greater care to prevent fractures. Click here to view the release.
For an overview of ACR 2011, we interviewed Eric Ruderman, MD,
professor of medicine at Northwestern University, and past president of the Chicago Rheumatism Society. He spoke about this year’s meeting and what treatments we can look for in the future.
Lydia Rolita, MD, at NYU while doing her research, made a presentation about how the recall of VIOXX has increased the number of falls and fractures. Why is that? It’s because of narcotic pain killers. Click here to read the news release and here to learn more in a video interview.
Elena Losina, PhD, co-director of the Orthopedics and Arthritis Center for Outcomes Research at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston presented a study that says knee osteoarthritis will increase in younger age groups in the next ten years. Here is the study. Watch her video where she goes into detail about her findings.
Another study on knee osteoarthritis was presented by Jeffrey B. Driban, PhD, ATC, CSCS, research associate at TUFTS Medical Center. His study showed that certain sports such as soccer, elite long-distance running, weight lifting, and wrestling may increase the risk of developing knee osteoarthritis. He also spoke with our social media team on video.
A new study at ACR 2011 also said that pregnancy is safe for most women with lupus. In a video interview, Jane E. Salmon, MD; Collette Kean Research Chair; Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, explains.
Prior to the gathering, Eric Matteson, MD, Mayo Clinic, chair of the rheumatology department, was enthused to tell us in this blog post and on video about the latest findings involving gout treatment, osteoarthritis and how patients can be proactive.
A leading patient advocate, blogger/journalist who attended ACR 2011 was pushing for better RA health. Kelly Young talked with our team about her journey, which you can read about and see here. The meeting had a large international attendance and Kelly Young introduced us to her physician friend from Barranquilla, Columbia. Carlo V Caballero Uribe, MD, internist, rheumatologist, associate professor of Medicine, and editor of Salud Uninorte, talked about his social media passion, including twitter (contact information here ). He said the profession needs to use this powerful interactive communication tool because it will help patients. Watch his interview here.
Next year’s conference will be held in Washington DC in November, which you can learn about here.