Evaluation of pulmonary arterial compliance after initiation or escalation of therapy for pulmonary arterial hypertension more accurately predicts prognosis than conventional right heart hemodynamic parameters, Italian study findings indicate.
Two research groups have developed noninvasive indices to detect significant fibrosis in treatment-naïve patients with chronic hepatitis B virus infection, one using serum levels of Golgi protein 73 and liver stiffness, and the other based on the ratio of gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase to albumin.
Achieving hepatitis B surface antigen seroclearance neutralizes the increased risk for hepatitis B virus-related hepatocellular carcinoma among women aged 50 years or younger, but not among older women or men regardless of their age, research indicates.
Achieving a subcirrhotic liver stiffness level after antiviral therapy halves the risk for hepatocellular carcinoma in patients with chronic hepatitis B virus-related advanced fibrosis or cirrhosis, Korean research shows.
The majority of Japanese patients with severe, difficult-to-treat asthma are likely to present with type 2 asthma and a substantial proportion overlap between two or more subphenotypes, a study suggests.
An internet-based educational tool developed by Canadian researchers helps adolescents with juvenile idiopathic arthritis to manage their disease and leads to improvements in their health-related quality of life relative to standard disease education.
Several studies presented at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, USA, explored different aspects of rheumatoid arthritis treatment, including guideline recommendations, adherence to second-line therapy, and predicting treatment response.