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See detailInterpretation of metaanalyses: pitfalls should be more widely recognized.
Henrotin, Yves ULg

in Journal of Rheumatology (2012), 39(6), 1107-9

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See detailContrast-enhanced coded phase-inversion harmonic sonography of knee synovitis correlates with histological vessel density: 2 automated digital quantifications
Kaiser, Marie-Joëlle ULg; Hauzeur, Jean-Philippe ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg et al

in Journal of Rheumatology (2009), 36(7), 1391-400

OBJECTIVE: To use contrast-enhanced coded phase-inversion harmonic B-mode sonography to assess the acoustic enhancement of the synovial area of the knee; and to compare the data with the histological ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To use contrast-enhanced coded phase-inversion harmonic B-mode sonography to assess the acoustic enhancement of the synovial area of the knee; and to compare the data with the histological vessel density. METHODS: Eleven patients eligible for a knee arthroscopy were studied. Acoustic quantification was carried out by a digital image analysis program that detects the time-dependent increase [intensity (time) = k x time + C] of gray-level intensity in all the pixels of a specific region of interest (ROI) following intravenous injection of the microbubble contrast agent sulfur hexafluoride. Echo-guided synovial biopsies were carried out in the same ROI. Synovial vessel areas were quantified after Factor VIII immunostaining of synovial biopsies using an automated digital image analysis. RESULTS: Significant (p < 0.05) correlations were observed between histological vessel density and percentage of the synovial area with a k value > 0.01 (r = 0.93) and k(max) values (r = 0.79), as well as between the 2 latter parameters (r = 0.72). The histological vessel density and the 2 acoustic parameters were also significantly correlated with the logarithm of erythrocyte sedimentation rate (r = 0.77, r = 0.87, r = 0.67, respectively) and with log C-reactive protein serum concentration (r = 0.69, r = 0.83, r = 0.62, respectively). CONCLUSION: Contrast-enhanced coded phase-inversion harmonic B-mode sonography coupled with an appropriate data analysis method is a new tool to identify and quantify vessel density in knee synovitis. [less ▲]

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See detailEfficacy and tolerability of intravenous ibandronate injections in postmenopausal osteoporosis: 2-year results from the DIVA study.
Eisman, John A; Civitelli, Roberto; Adami, Silvano et al

in Journal of Rheumatology (2008), 35(3), 488-97

OBJECTIVE: An effective and well tolerated intravenous (IV) bisphosphonate could provide a new treatment method for patients with osteoporosis. The Dosing IntraVenous Administration (DIVA) study was ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: An effective and well tolerated intravenous (IV) bisphosphonate could provide a new treatment method for patients with osteoporosis. The Dosing IntraVenous Administration (DIVA) study was designed to identify the optimal ibandronate IV injection schedule for the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis by comparing the efficacy and tolerability of 2- and 3-monthly injections with the previously evaluated daily oral ibandronate regimen. We report the effects on lumbar spine and proximal femur bone mineral density (BMD) and bone resorption markers over 2 years. METHODS: This randomized, double-blind, double-dummy, noninferiority study recruited 1395 women (aged 55-80 yrs; > or = 5 yrs since menopause) with osteoporosis [mean lumbar spine (L2-L4) BMD T-score < -2.5 and > or = -5.0]. Patients received IV ibandronate (2 mg every 2 mo or 3 mg every 3 mo) plus daily oral placebo, or 2.5 mg daily oral ibandronate plus 2- or 3-monthly IV placebo. Supplemental vitamin D (400 IU) and calcium (500 mg) were provided throughout the 2-year study. RESULTS: At 2 years, the 2- and 3-monthly IV regimens achieved statistically noninferior and also superior increases in lumbar spine BMD compared with the daily regimen (6.4% and 6.3% vs 4.8%, respectively; p < 0.001). Greater increases were also obtained with IV ibandronate versus daily in proximal femur BMD. Serum concentrations of the biochemical marker of bone resorption C-telopeptide of the alpha-chain of type I collagen were reduced to a similar extent in all treatment arms (53.4%-59.9%). The tolerability profile of the IV regimens was similar to that observed with daily oral therapy. CONCLUSION: Ibandronate IV injections are an effective and well tolerated treatment for postmenopausal osteoporosis and provide a useful alternative to oral dosing. [less ▲]

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See detailAvocado/soybean unsaponifiables prevent the inhibitory effect of osteoarthritic subchondral osteoblasts on aggrecan and type II collagen synthesis by chondrocytes
Henrotin, Yves ULg; Deberg, Michelle ULg; Crielaard, Jean-Michel ULg et al

in Journal of Rheumatology (2006), 33(8), 1668-1678

Objective. To determine the effects of avocado/soybean unsaponifiables (ASU) on osteoblast-induced dysregulation of chondrocyte metabolism. Methods. Human chondrocytes were isolated from osteoarthritis ... [more ▼]

Objective. To determine the effects of avocado/soybean unsaponifiables (ASU) on osteoblast-induced dysregulation of chondrocyte metabolism. Methods. Human chondrocytes were isolated from osteoarthritis (OA) cartilage and cultured in alginate beads for 4 or 10 days in the absence or presence of osteoblasts isolated from nonsclerotic (NSC) or sclerotic (SC) zones of OA subchondral bone plate in monolayer. Before co-culture, osteoblasts were incubated or not with 10 mu g/ml ASU for 72 hours. Aggrecan, type 11 collagen, matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3) and MMP-13, tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase (TIMP-1), transforming growth factor-beta 1 (TGF-beta 1) and TGF-beta 3, inducible NO synthase (iNOS), and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) mRNA levels in chondrocytes were quantified by RT-PCR. Aggrecan, osteocalcin, TGF-beta 1, interleukin 18 (IL-1 beta), and IL-6 production were assayed by inummoassays. Results. In co-culture, SC osteoblasts induced a significant inhibition of matrix protein production and a significant increase of MMP synthesis by chondrocytes. In contrast, SC osteoblasts did not modify TIMP-1, TGF-beta 1 and TGF-beta 3, iNOS, or COX-2 mRNA levels in chondrocytes. The pretreatment of SC osteoblasts with ASU fully prevented the inhibitory effects of SC osteoblasts on matrix component production, and even significantly increased type 11 collagen mRNA level over the control (chondrocytes alone) value. In contrast, pretreatment of SC osteoblasts with ASU did not significantly modify the expression of NIMP, TIMP-1, TGF-beta 1, TGF-beta 3, iNOS, or COX-2 gene by chondrocytes. Conclusion. ASU prevent the osteoarthritic osteoblast-induced inhibition of matrix molecule production, suggesting that this compound may promote OA cartilage repair by acting on subchondral bone osteoblasts. This finding constitutes a new mechanism of action for this compound, known for its beneficial effects on cartilage. [less ▲]

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See detailDirect and indirect costs attributable to osteoarthritis in active subjects
Rabenda, Véronique ULg; Manette, C.; Lemmens, R. et al

in Journal of Rheumatology (2006), 33(6), 1152-1158

OBJECTIVE: To estimate the direct and indirect costs of osteoarthritis (OA) in an active population, and to identify factors significantly influencing these expenditures. METHODS: A cohort of 3,440 ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To estimate the direct and indirect costs of osteoarthritis (OA) in an active population, and to identify factors significantly influencing these expenditures. METHODS: A cohort of 3,440 subjects employed by the Liege City Council was followed prospectively for 6 months. Subjects were asked to report monthly OA related health resource utilization (contacts with health professionals, medical examinations, drug consumption, etc.) and absence from work. Health related quality of life (HRQOL) was evaluated at baseline using the Medical Outcomes Study Short-form 36 (SF-36). Logistic regression analysis identified factors associated with the probability that the individual incurred costs, and multiple regression identified factors influencing the magnitude of these costs. RESULTS: A total of 1,811 subjects filled in at least one questionnaire (response rate 52%). The mean duration of followup was 3.46 months. Self-reported prevalence of OA was 34.1%. The mean total direct costs were 44.5 euros per OA patient-month. Contacts with health professionals, medical examinations, drugs, and hospital stays accounted for 23.7 euros, 8.7 euros, 6.7 euros, and 4.9 euros, respectively, per OA patient-month. The average number of sick-leave days was 0.8 per OA patient-month. From a payer's perspective, this loss of productivity represented a mean cost of 64.5 euros per OA patient-month. We also recorded 0.02 mean days off work per active subject-month due to informal care by relatives, yielding a mean cost of 1.8 euro per active subject-month for the employer. Poorer scores for most of the dimensions of the SF-36 at baseline were significantly associated with greater likelihood of incurring direct and indirect costs and with higher costs among subjects who reported costs. If we consider the overall cohort of active subjects, the burden of OA related to the direct and indirect costs was 15.2 euros and 23.8 euros, respectively, per active subject-month. CONCLUSION: Direct and indirect costs attributable to OA are substantial, with productivity related costs being predominant. Poorer HRQOL was a major determinant of these expenditures. [less ▲]

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See detailImportance of alfacalcidol in clinical conditions characterized by high rate of bone loss
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Lecart, M. P.; Richy, F.

in Journal of Rheumatology (2005), 32(Suppl. 76), 21-25

In postmenopausal osteoporosis, the administration of alfacalcidol to women resulted in an increase in trabecular bone mineral density (BMD), prevention of cortical bone loss, and a significant reduction ... [more ▼]

In postmenopausal osteoporosis, the administration of alfacalcidol to women resulted in an increase in trabecular bone mineral density (BMD), prevention of cortical bone loss, and a significant reduction in the incidence of further vertebral fractures. There is now robust evidence that alfacalcidol may be particularly active in conditions characterized by an increased rate of bone loss. Alfacalcidol 1 microg/day fully prevented vertebral bone loss over 3 years in women after the first year of menopause. In a large cohort of individuals starting treatment with high dose corticosteroid (CS, 46.6 mg equivalent prednisolone per day), the spinal bone loss observed in untreated patients was fully prevented by administration of 1 microg/day alfacalcidol. In patients with established CS-induced osteoporosis, with or without prevalent vertebral fractures, 1 microg/day of alfacalcidol, given for 3 years, increased lumbar spine density, reduced back pain, and showed a significant reduction in the rate of new vertebral fractures, compared to native vitamin D. In cardiac transplant recipients, alfacalcidol and calcium reduced spinal and femoral bone loss, compared to a control group treated with etidronate and calcium. Alfacalcidol-treated patients experienced fewer new vertebral fractures over the 2-year followup. When alfacalcidol and vitamin D3 were compared in elderly women with radiologic evidence of vertebral fracture, fractional calcium absorption was increased after 3 months with alfacalcidol but was unchanged with vitamin D3. In a recent metaanalysis of 14 studies of native vitamin D and 19 studies of D-hormone analogs (alfacalcidol and calcitriol), the D-analogs exerted a higher preventive effect on bone loss and fracture rates in patients with no exposure to CS. In head-to-head studies comparing D-analogs and native vitamin D in patients receiving CS, this metaanalysis identified significant effects favoring D-analogs for femoral neck BMD and spinal fractures. In conclusion, improvement in bone turnover, increase in BMD, and reduction in fracture rates have been described during alfacalcidol treatment in situations characterized by a high rate of bone loss, including CS-induced osteoporosis, early postmenopausal bone loss, and organ transplant. Compared to plain vitamin D, alfacalcidol exerts higher bone-protective effects, thus allowing the doses to be minimized and lowering the risk of adverse effects, including hypercalcemia. [less ▲]

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See detailDo utility values and willingness to pay suitably reflect health outcome in hip and knee osteoarthritis? A comparative analysis with the WOMAC index
Ethgen, Olivier ULg; Tancredi, Annalisa ULg; Lejeune, Emmanuelle ULg et al

in Journal of Rheumatology (2003), 30(11), 2452-2459

Objective. To establish whether health utility (time trade-off, TTO) and willingness to pay (WTP) values reflect clinical health outcome as evaluated by the Western Ontario McMaster Universities ... [more ▼]

Objective. To establish whether health utility (time trade-off, TTO) and willingness to pay (WTP) values reflect clinical health outcome as evaluated by the Western Ontario McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) in hip and knee osteoarthritis (OA). Methods. One hundred twenty-eight patients with OA attending a specialized arthritis clinic were interviewed about their socioeconomic characteristics and administered the TTO technique and the WOMAC. Their WTP for 2 hypothetical anti-osteoarthritic drugs was also investigated: the first drug was said to provide a significant improvement in WOMAC dimensions and the second a complete cure of the disease. WTP was elicited by both discrete-choice and bidding game methods. Results. Answer rates were 89.1% for TTO, 98.4% for discrete-choice WTP for both scenarios, and 89.8% and 85.2% for bidding game WTP in the relief and the cure scenario, respectively. The mean TTO utility value was 0.84 (standard deviation 0.20). In discrete-choice, those accepting the bid had higher monthly income (euro 1536.5 vs euro 1060. 1, p < 0.001, for the relief scenario and euro 1449.3 vs euro 1071.6, p < 0.001, for the cure scenario). With the bidding game format, WTP was positively correlated with income in both scenarios (r = 0.56, r = 0.55, p < 0.001). WTP measures differed equally between education and socioeconomic groups with those in favored groups consistently reporting higher WTP (Kruskal-Wallis tests statistics ranging from p < 0.01 to p < 0.001). Except for stiffness, WOMAC dimensions were correlated in the expected direction with TTO values (r = -0.27, p < 0.01 for pain and r = -0.36, r = -0.34, p < 0.001 for physical function and total score, respectively). Conclusion. Whereas they showed good feasibility, WTP measures poorly reflected clinical condition and were mainly related to economic status and ability to pay. TTO was correlated with the WOMAC dimensions and may be considered closer to clinical situations than WTP. However, concern arises regarding the homogeneity of the study sample in terms of clinical severity, which may have precluded the identification of a relationship between WTP and clinical status. [less ▲]

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See detailAvocado/soybean unsaponifiables increase aggrecan synthesis and reduce catabolic and proinflammatory mediator production by human osteoarthritic chondrocytes
Henrotin, Yves ULg; Sanchez, Christelle ULg; Deberg, Michelle ULg et al

in Journal of Rheumatology (2003), 30(8), 1825-1834

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of avocado (A)/soybean (S) unsaponifiables on the metabolism of human osteoarthritic (OA) chondrocytes cultured in alginate beads over 12 days. METHODS: Enzymatically ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of avocado (A)/soybean (S) unsaponifiables on the metabolism of human osteoarthritic (OA) chondrocytes cultured in alginate beads over 12 days. METHODS: Enzymatically isolated OA chondrocytes were cultured in alginate beads in a well defined culture medium for 12 days, in the presence or not of 10-10 M interleukin 1beta (IL-1beta). DNA content was measured using a fluorometric method. Production of aggrecan (AGG), stromelysin-1 (MMP-3), tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases-1 (TIMP-1), macrophage inflammatory protein-1beta (MIP-1beta), IL-6, and IL-8 were assayed by specific enzyme amplified sensitivity immunoassays. Prostaglandin (PG) E2 was measured by a specific radioimmunoassay and nitrite by a spectrophotometric method based on the Griess reaction. A commercial avocado and soybean mixture of unsaponifiables (A1S2) and each component separately were tested in a range of 0.625 to 40.0 micro g/ml. RESULTS: After 12 days' incubation, A1S2 increased AGG synthesis and accumulation in alginate beads in a dose and time dependent manner. A1S2 promoted the recovery of aggrecan synthesis after 3 days of IL-1beta treatment. A1S2 was a potent inhibitor of basal and IL-1beta stimulated MMP-3 production. The procedure also weakly reversed the inhibitory effect of IL-1beta on TIMP-1 production. A1S2 inhibited basal production of MIP-1beta, IL-6, IL-8, NO*, and PGE2 by OA chondrocytes and partially counteracted the stimulating effect of IL-1 on PGE2. Compared to avocado or soybean added separately, the mixture had a superior effect on NO* and IL-8 production. CONCLUSION: A1S2 stimulated aggrecan production and restored aggrecan production after IL-1beta treatment. In parallel, A1S2 decreased MMP-3 production and stimulated TIMP-1 production. These results suggest A1S2 could have structure-modifying effects in OA by inhibiting cartilage degradation and promoting cartilage repair. [less ▲]

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See detailBiochemical markers of bone and cartilage remodeling in prediction of longterm progression of knee osteoarthritis
Bruyère, Olivier ULg; COLLETTE, Julien ULg; Ethgen, Olivier ULg et al

in Journal of Rheumatology (2003), 30(5), 1043-50

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between biochemical markers of bone and cartilage remodeling and severity or progression (symptoms and structure) of knee osteoarthritis (OA). METHODS: Mean and ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between biochemical markers of bone and cartilage remodeling and severity or progression (symptoms and structure) of knee osteoarthritis (OA). METHODS: Mean and minimal joint space width (JSW) of the femorotibial joint were measured from standardized radiographs taken at baseline and at the end of a 3-year longitudinal study of patients with knee OA. Pain, stiffness, and physical function subscales of the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis (WOMAC) index were assessed at the same time points. Biochemical markers [serum keratan sulfate (KS), serum hyaluronic acid (HA), urine pyridinoline (PYD) and deoxypyridinoline (DPD), serum osteocalcin (OC), cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP)] were assessed at baseline and after 1 year. RESULTS: At baseline, no significant correlations were observed between values of biochemical markers and JSW or any of the WOMAC scores. Baseline markers were not correlated with 3-year percentage changes observed in mean or minimal JSW and WOMAC scores. Changes observed after 1 year in OC and HA were significantly correlated with 3-year progression in mean JSW (r = -0.24, p = 0.04 and r = 0.27, p = 0.02, respectively) and in minimal JSW (r = -0.31, p = 0.01 and r = 0.24, p = 0.04, respectively). In patients from the lowest quartile of 1-year changes in HA (< -21.22 ng/ml), mean JSW decreased after 3 years by 0.76 (1.23) mm compared to an increase of 0.11 (0.83) mm in patients in the highest quartile (> +14.34 ng/ml) (p = 0.03). CONCLUSION: The 3-year radiological progression of knee OA could be predicted by a 1-year increase in OC or a 1-year decrease in HA levels. [less ▲]

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See detailMetabolism of human articular chondrocytes cultured in alginate beads. Longterm effects of interleukin 1 beta and nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs
Sanchez, Christelle ULg; Mateus, Marguarita; Defresne, Marie-Paule ULg et al

in Journal of Rheumatology (2002), 29(4), 772-782

OBJECTIVES: To investigate the longterm effects (12 days) of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs [NSAID: aceclofenac (ACECLO), sodium diclofenac (DICLO), indomethacin (INDO), nimesulide (NIM), rofecoxib ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: To investigate the longterm effects (12 days) of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs [NSAID: aceclofenac (ACECLO), sodium diclofenac (DICLO), indomethacin (INDO), nimesulide (NIM), rofecoxib (ROFE), celecoxib (CELE), piroxicam (PIROX), and ibuprofen (IBUP)] on the metabolism of human chondrocytes cultured in alginate beads. METHODS: Enzymatically isolated osteoarthritic (OA) chondrocytes were cultured in alginate beads in a well defined culture medium for 12 days. The DNA content was measured according to a fluorimetric method and cell proliferation was determined by the incorporation of 3H-thymidine in the newly synthesized DNA. Interleukin 6 (IL-6) and IL-8, stromelysin [matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3)], and aggrecan (AGG) production were assayed by specific enzyme amplified sensitivity immunoassays, and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) production by specific radioimmunoassay. All NSAID were tested at the mean peak plasma concentration (Cmax) obtained after oral administration of a therapeutic dose. RESULTS: In alginate beads, chondrocytes synthesized high amounts of AGG, which were largely (98%) immobilized in the alginate matrix. A large amount (43%) of the IL-8 produced was stored in the alginate beads, whereas almost all IL-6 production (94%) was released in the culture supernatant. At the therapeutic concentration, all NSAID tested fully blocked PGE2 production. ACECLO, DICLO, INDO, NIM significantly inhibited basal and IL-1beta stimulated IL-6 production; CELE and IBUP only inhibited IL-1beta stimulated IL-6 production; and ROFE and PIROX had no significant effects. No NSAID showed significant effects on basal and IL-1beta stimulated IL-8 production, except CELE and IBUP, which slightly increased basal IL-8 production. ACECLO and INDO increased AGG content by 25% in the alginate beads, while the other NSAID were without significant effect. No NSAID were able to modify the inhibitory effect of IL-1beta on AGG production. NSAID did not modify MMP-3 production. CONCLUSION: The mechanism of action of NSAID seems to be multifactorial and not limited to the inhibition of cyclooxygenases. Further, in our culture conditions, at the Cmax and by comparison with other NSAID, ACECLO and INDO show an advantageous activity profile. They fully blocked PGE2 production, inhibited IL-6 synthesis, and increased aggrecan synthesis. These effects appear advantageous for the longterm treatment of chronic joint diseases such as osteoarthritis. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamic T cell receptor clonotype changes in synovial tissue of patients with early rheumatoid arthritis: effects of treatment with cyclosporin A (Neoral)
VanderBorght, Ann; De Keyser, Filip; Geusens, Piet et al

in Journal of Rheumatology (2002), 29(3), 416-426

OBJECTIVE: To study T cell receptor (TCR) repertoire changes in synovial membrane over a 16 week period in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA); and to study the influence of cyclosporin A (CSA ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To study T cell receptor (TCR) repertoire changes in synovial membrane over a 16 week period in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA); and to study the influence of cyclosporin A (CSA) on TCR repertoire in a subgroup of these patients. METHODS: Synovial tissue biopsies and paired blood samples were obtained from 12 patients with early RA at 2 time points. Seven patients were treated with CSA (Neoral-Sandimmun, 3 mg/kg/day) and 5 patients with placebo for 16 weeks. TCR V gene repertoires were analyzed by semiquantitative PCR-ELISA. CDR3 spectratyping and sequence analysis was used to compare TCR clonotype distributions. RESULTS: TCR-specific mRNA was detected in all synovial tissue biopsies at the first sampling, but in only 8/12 biopsies 16 weeks later (4/7 CSA group, 4/5 placebo group). Overrepresented TCR BV genes were found in biopsies of 10/12 patients at the first time point, and in 7/12 patients after 16 weeks (3/7 CSA, 4/5 placebo). CDR3 sequence analysis revealed dynamic repertoire changes with only a few persisting clonotypes in the synovial tissue of placebo controls. Persisting T cell clonotypes were more frequently found in the synovial tissue of CSA treated patients compared to the placebo group. CONCLUSION: These data suggest a dynamic process of T cell recruitment in the joints of RA patients. This process, possibly due to activation and subsequent infiltration of new T cell clones, apparently is influenced by CSA treatment. Synovial tissue T cells were no longer detected after 16 weeks' CSA treatment in 3 patients. In the other CSA treated patients, new T cell clones infiltrated, while other clones were persistently represented in the joints. These data may have important consequences for the design of T cell targeted therapies for RA. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effect of health related quality of life on reported use of health care resources in patients with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis: a longitudinal analysis.
Ethgen, Olivier ULg; Kahler, Kristijan H; Kong, Sheldon X et al

in Journal of Rheumatology (2002), 29(6), 1147-55

OBJECTIVE: In today's cost conscious environment, health services researchers are consistently trying to find ways to predict future health care resource utilization (HCRU) and its associated costs. We ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: In today's cost conscious environment, health services researchers are consistently trying to find ways to predict future health care resource utilization (HCRU) and its associated costs. We evaluated the impact of health related quality of life (HRQL) on future HCRU in patients with arthritis. METHODS: A total of 642 patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and 395 patients with osteoarthritis (OA) completed at least 2 and as many as 6 consecutive surveys at 6 mo intervals. Information collected included demographics, HRQL questionnaires [Medical Outcome Study Short Form 36 (SF-36), Western Ontario McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC), and the Stanford Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ)], and HCRU over the previous 6 months. Longitudinal data analysis was perfomed to assess the effect of HRQL on future HCRU. RESULTS: Statistically significant associations between HCRU and HRQL variables were noted. Higher rates of HCRU were found in those in the worst quarter compared with those in the best quarter of HRQL. With the HAQ, OA and RA patients in the worst quarter reported a 199% (p < 0.05) and 48% (p < 0.05) increase in rheumatologist visits, respectively. With the WOMAC Function, increases were as high as 196% (p < 0.05) in rheumatologist visits for patients with OA. Patients with RA with a high level of HRQL as measured by the SF-36 (physical component score) reported a decrease of 31% (p < 0.01) in general practitioner visits and a decrease of 52% (p < 0.01) in hospitalization (mental component score). CONCLUSION: These findings suggest that HRQL may be used to predict future health care consumption. Such an approach may lead to a more efficient allocation of resources by providing useful information to health care providers and health care decision makers. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effect of risedronate on hip fracture risk in elderly women with osteoporosis
Bensen, W; Eastell, R; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg et al

in Journal of Rheumatology (2001), 28(S63), 24

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See detailA simple clinical tool to identify Asian women with osteoporosis
Lou, SQ; Koh, L; Yang, BY et al

in Journal of Rheumatology (2001), 28(S63), 26

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See detailMatrix metalloproteinase-3 serum levels are correlated with disease activity and predict clinical response in rheumatoid arthritis
Ribbens, Clio ULg; Andre, Béatrice ULg; Jaspar, J. M. et al

in Journal of Rheumatology (2000), 120(1), 888-893

OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate that serum matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3) is a variable associated with disease activity and with the response to treatment in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: Serum MMP-3 ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate that serum matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3) is a variable associated with disease activity and with the response to treatment in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: Serum MMP-3 levels were measured and compared to biological and clinical disease activity variables in 20 patients with active RA assessed serially during a one year prospective open label trial with methotrexate or tenidap. RESULTS: MMP-3 levels were significantly correlated with C-reactive protein (CRP) and interleukin 6 serum levels as well as with the disease activity score (DAS), not only at start in untreated patients but also during the 12 month followup period in both treated groups. Early changes (after 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 months) in MMP-3 levels were significantly associated with change in DAS observed 4 to 6 months later. CONCLUSION: In addition to CRP, a systemic marker of inflammation, serum MMP-3 may serve as a consistent synovial derived marker of RA disease activity, early changes of which predict disease outcome. [less ▲]

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See detailNitric Oxide Downregulates Interleukin 1β (IL-1β) Stimulated IL-6, IL-8, and Prostaglandin E2 Production by Human Chondrocytes
Henrotin, Yves ULg; Zheng, S. X.; Deby, G. P. et al

in Journal of Rheumatology (1998), 25(8), 1595-601

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of endogenously produced nitric oxide (NO) on interleukin 6 (IL-6), IL-8, prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), and proteoglycan production by human chondrocytes. METHODS: Human ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of endogenously produced nitric oxide (NO) on interleukin 6 (IL-6), IL-8, prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), and proteoglycan production by human chondrocytes. METHODS: Human articular chondrocytes were isolated from their extracellular matrix by triple successive enzymatic digestion of the cartilage and cultured 48 h in a well defined culture medium. IL-6 and IL-8 were directly assayed into culture media by specific enzyme amplified sensitivity immunoassays. Proteoglycans and PGE2 were quantified by specific radioimmunoassays. Cell culture media were assayed for NO2 using a spectrophotometric assay based upon the Griess reaction. RESULTS: Unstimulated chondrocytes produced low levels of NO, IL-6, IL-8, and PGE2. Production was significantly stimulated by IL-1beta and lipopolysaccharide (LPS). As well, proteoglycan synthesis was profoundly inhibited by IL-1beta and LPS. Inhibition of NO synthesis with the competitive inhibitor NG-monomethyl-L-arginine (L-NMMA) led to enhancement of IL-6, IL-8, and PGE2 production stimulated by either IL-1beta alone or in combination with LPS, whereas the inhibition of proteoglycan production by IL-1beta was not modified by L-NMMA. CONCLUSION: LPS and IL-1beta stimulated IL-6, IL-8, and PGE2 production are downregulated by endogenously produced NO, which could limit the inflammatory reaction occurring in arthritis. [less ▲]

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See detailMinimum standards in diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis
Russell, AS; Recart, S; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg et al

in Journal of Rheumatology (1998), 25(8), 1634-1637

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See detailThe frequency of cutaneous vasculitis is not increased in patients with rheumatoid arthritis treated with methotrexate
Kaye, O.; Beckers, C. C.; Paquet, P. et al

in Journal of Rheumatology (1996), 23(2), 253-257

OBJECTIVE: To analyse the frequency, type, and immunohistological features of clinical cutaneous vasculitis developing in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treated or not with methotrexate as well ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To analyse the frequency, type, and immunohistological features of clinical cutaneous vasculitis developing in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treated or not with methotrexate as well as their demographic, clinical and biological characteristics. METHODS: Ninety-one patients with RA receiving 9.5 mg/wk of methotrexate (MTX) were compared for an average observation time of 18 months to 130 matched patients with RA treated with various drugs excluding MTX. RESULTS: Whether receiving MTX or not, 5.4% of patients with RA developed a clinical cutaneous vasculitis. There were significant differences between both groups for 2 variables only: a higher percentage of polyneuropathies and a higher level of immune complex-plasma levels in non-MTX patients. The immunohistological analysis did not differentiate both groups. CONCLUSION: The percentage of cutaneous vasculitis that developed under MTX therapy was not different from that occurring as a natural complication of longstanding severe RA. [less ▲]

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