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Arthritis Research Canada at EULAR 2021

The EULAR European Congress of Rheumatology is the primary platform for exchange of scientific and clinical information in Europe. It seeks to provide a forum of the highest standard for scientific, educational and social exchange between professionals involved in rheumatology. It also incorporates liaising with patient organizations in order to achieve progress in the clinical care of people with rheumatic diseases.

The EULAR Congress attracts more than 18,000 delegates from over 130 countries and usually takes place in a major European city. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the EULAR Congress has moved to a virtual format this year and is taking place over four days between June 2 and 5. 

Day 1: June 2, 2021

Research Spotlight

 

Dietary hyperinsulinemic potential and risk of incident gout: 3 prospective cohort studies of US men and women.

 

Using data collected from 217,000 adults over 30 years, a diet that promoted insulin resistance (i.e. sugary beverages, fries, red and processed meats) was associated with a higher risk of gout, independent of overweight/obesity and other factors. Replacing these foods with more green leafy vegetables, whole fruits, coffee, and potentially high-fat dairy products, may reduce the risk of gout.

Research Team: McCormick N, Yokose C, Lu N, Joshi A, Choi HK

To learn more about Arthritis Research Canada research presented at the EULAR European Congress of Rheumatology (Day 1), please scroll down.

Identifying meaningful change in the RA flare questionnaire scores in rheumatoid arthritis

In this large cohort of adults with early rheumatoid arthritis, a questionnaire designed to assess flares in rheumatoid arthritis was found to respond well to change in disease states and to distinguish differences that represent meaningful improvement and worsening.

Research Team: Bartlett SJ, Bingham C, Schieir O, Valois MF, Hazlewood G, Pope J, Thorne CD, Tin D, Hitchon C, Bessette L, Boire G, Keystone E, Bykerk V; on behalf of CATCH Investigators.

Increased risk of severe infections and mortality in patients with newly diagnosed systemic lupus erythematosus: A population-based study

This is the first study to evaluate the risk of severe infections in a large population-based and incident cohort of lupus. We observed that almost one in five lupus patients developed severe infection. Compared to the general population, lupus patients had a higher risk of getting a first severe infection, a higher total number of severe infections and higher risk of infection-related death.

Research Team: Zhao K, Xie H, Li L, Esdaile JM, Aviña-Zubieta JA.

Diagnostic accuracy of conventional radiography of the knee for calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease an ancillary study of the OMERACT Ultrasound – CPPD Group

We assessed how accurate regular x-rays are for diagnosing calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease (CPPD) of the knee – a disease where crystals develop on the joint and surrounding tissues. In patients with osteoarthritis, we found that x-rays performed well in correctly identifying patients who also had CPPD, but did not perform well in identifying patients who did not have CPPD.

Research Team: Sirotti S, Becce F, L. Sconfienza M, Pineda C, Gutierrez M, Serban T, Maccarter D, Adinolfi A, Naredo E, Scanu A, Scirè CA, Möller I, Sarzi-Puttini P, Abhishek A, Choi H, Dalbeth N, Tedeschi S, D’agostino MA, Keen H, Terslev L, Iagnocco A, Filippou G on behalf of OMERACT Ultrasound working group, subgroup CPPD

Reliability of conventional radiography of the knee for the assessment of chondorcalcinosis: An ancillary study of the OMERACT Ultrasound – CPPD Group

We assessed how reliable regular x-rays are for diagnosing calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease (CPPD) of the knee – a disease where crystals develop on the joint and surrounding tissues. In patients with osteoarthritis, we found there was poor agreement between radiologists assessing the x-rays. However, agreement within radiologists (i.e., one radiologist examining the same image at different times) was good.

Research Team: Sirotti S, Becce F, Sconfienza LM, Pineda C, Gutierrez M, Serban T, Maccarter D, Adinolfi A, Naredo E, Scanu A, Möller I, Sarzi-Puttini P, Abhishek A, Choi H, Dalbeth N, Tedeschi S, D’agostino MA, Keen H, Terslev L, Iagnocco A, Filippou G, on behalf of OMERACT Ultrasound working group, CPPD subgroup

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