July 2015: Click for Credit

Stay up to date on important developments in research and practice recommendations and earn CE/CME credit by reading the articles that follow. All posttests must be completed and submitted online.

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Topics include: Intensive therapy for psoriatic arthritis • Subclinical hyperthyroidism and fracture risk • Oral contraceptives and VTE risk • Statins, fibrates, and stroke in the elderly • Cystic fibrosis­­–related diabetes • CVD risk in Hodgkin survivors • Carotid stenosis in central sleep apnea


Here are 7 articles in the July issue of Clinician Reviews (accreditation valid until January 1, 2016):

1. BSR: Multiple Benefits Seen With Intensive Psoriatic Arthritis Therapy
Multiple joint and skin benefits can be achieved by intensively treating patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) until they achieve a set of minimal disease activity (MDA) criteria (see Table), an expert said at the British Society for Rheumatology annual conference.

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2. Subclinical Hyperthyroidism Linked to Higher Fracture Risk
Individuals with subclinical hyperthyroidism are at increased risk for hip and other fractures, according to the authors of a meta-analysis. The researchers examined data from 70,298 individuals—4,092 with subclinical hypothyroidism and 2,219 with subclinical hyperthyroidism—enrolled in 13 prospective cohort studies.

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3. Newer Oral Contraceptives Pose Higher VTE Risk
The risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE) is generally greater for women using oral contraceptives with newer types of progestogen hormones than for those taking older, second-generation birth control pills, study results showed.

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4. Statins, Fibrates Lower Stroke Risk in Elderly
Both statin and fibrate therapies taken to improve lipid profiles decreased risk for stroke by 30% in a community-dwelling population of elderly people, according to a prospective European study published online in the British Medical Journal.

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5. Cystic Fibrosis–related Diabetes Requires Different Approach
Cystic fibrosis–related diabetes (CFRD) is a unique disease that requires a different mindset on the part of the treating clinician.

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6. CVD Risk Persists for 40 Years in Hodgkin Survivors
People who survive Hodgkin lymphoma in adolescence or young adulthood remain at very high risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) for at least 40 years—the longest period for which they have been followed, according to the results of a retrospective cohort study of more than 2,500 patients.

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7. Asymptomatic Carotid Stenosis and Central Sleep Apnea Linked
More than two-thirds of patients with asymptomatic carotid stenosis are likely to have sleep apnea, according to an observational study. The polysomnography results of 96 patients with ­asymptomatic extracranial carotid stenosis revealed that 69% had sleep apnea: 42% had obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and 27%, central sleep apnea (CSA).

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Pain: Updates on Diagnostic and Treatment Modalities

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