Rheumatology Career and Resource Center

Welcome to the LocumTenens.com Rheumatology Career and Resource Center! Here you can stay up-to-date on the latest news and trends in your industry, find links to organizations and associations, and more. Of course, you're only a few clicks away from finding the perfect rheumatology employment opportunity, too. 

Functional disability precedes rheumatoid arthritis

Source: Mayo Clinic

New research out of the Mayo Clinic found that the burden of functional disability affecting patients with rheumatoid arthritis often begins early in the course of the disease. The study emphasizes the importance of early treatment, as functional disabilities begin manifesting one to two years before diagnosis. Maintaining open and ongoing communication about difficulties with routine tasks must be a priority for patients and their health care providers.

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Unexpected lab findings lead to reduced arthritic inflammation

Source: University of Virginia Health System

A unique discovery at the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine is shedding light on new methods to test and treat for the rheumatoid arthritis. Scientists were shocked to find that deleting a gene called ELMO1 significantly reduced arthritic symptoms in mice. Because it was originally believed that the loss of ELMO1 would increase inflammation, the outcome came as a surprise, albeit a welcomed one. Researchers are now focused on developing drugs to inhibit the function of ELMO1 and test for its variation.

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