Researchers have found ways to detect remission in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA).The results of a study, reported in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (June 2004), indicated that the factors that predict remission in RA patients are disease activity score, clinical symptoms of disease activity, and x-ray scores. The study involved assessing different factors in 191 patients with early RA to identify remission markers. All of the participants had had RA for <1 year and were followed for 5 years. The researchers defined remission as a disease activity score of <1.6.
The study results showed that, after 3 years, 48 patients were in remission. At 5 years, the number had dropped to 30 patients. The researchers found that the strongest independent predictors included an initial disease activity score of <4, morning-stiffness duration of <60 minutes, and a low total radiographic score.
One study linked multiple pregnancies to an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation later in life, and another investigated the association between premature delivery and cardiovascular disease.
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