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Schmajuk G, Tonner C, Miao Y
Folic acid supplementation is suboptimal in a national cohort of older veterans receiving low dose oral methotrexate.
The authors aimed to determine the prevalence, predictors of, and persistence of folic acid use in a population-based cohort of methotrexate (MTX) users with rheumatic diseases. They found that patients who did not see a rheumatologist were 23% less likely to receive folic acid compared to patients who did have a rheumatologist visit during the baseline period, and after 20 months, only 50% of patients continued to receive folic acid. The authors recommend improving patient safety for users of MTX by standardizing workflows for folic acid supplementation.
Citation: Schmajuk G, Tonner C, Miao Y . Folic acid supplementation is suboptimal in a national cohort of older veterans receiving low dose oral methotrexate. PLoS One 2016 Dec 15;11(12):e0168369. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0168369.
Keywords: Elderly, Healthcare Utilization, Medication, Arthritis, Veterans
Navarro-Millan I, Yang S, DuVall SL
Association of hyperlipidaemia, inflammation and serological status and coronary heart disease among patients with rheumatoid arthritis: data from the National Veterans Health Administration.
The researchers studied the association of serum lipids, inflammation, and seropositivity on coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. They found that in the study population of predominantly male veterans, higher levels of erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein were associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke, and higher levels of HDL-C were inversely associated with heart attack and stroke.
Citation: Navarro-Millan I, Yang S, DuVall SL . Association of hyperlipidaemia, inflammation and serological status and coronary heart disease among patients with rheumatoid arthritis: data from the National Veterans Health Administration. Ann Rheum Dis. 2016 Feb;75(2):341-7. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2013-204987..
Keywords: Stroke, Cardiovascular Conditions, Arthritis, Veterans