Day: January 25, 2022

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WHO chief warns against talk of ‘endgame’ in pandemic

The World Health Organization’s director-general on Monday warned that conditions remain ideal for more coronavirus variants to emerge and it’s dangerous to assume omicron is the last one or that “we are in the endgame.”

But Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the acute phase of the pandemic could still end this year if some key targets are met.

Tedros laid out an array of achievements and concerns in global health over issues like reducing tobacco use, fighting resistance to anti-microbial treatments, and risks of climate change on human health. But he said “ending the acute phase of the pandemic must remain our collective priority.”

“There are different scenarios for how the pandemic could play out and how the acute phase could end. But it’s dangerous to assume that omicron will be the last variant or that we are in the endgame,” Tedros told the start of a WHO executive board meeting

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MRI of hand, foot may predict rheumatoid arthritis in undifferentiated arthritis

(HealthDay)—Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the hand and foot may predict rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in patients presenting with undifferentiated arthritis (UA), according to a study published online Jan. 12 in Rheumatology.

Nikolet K. den Hollander, M.D., Ph.D., from the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, and colleagues studied the predictive value of MRI for progression to RA in the current UA-population who do not fulfill RA-classification criteria and do not have an alternate diagnosis and in with a clinical diagnosis of UA, regardless of classification criteria. Two UA-populations were studied: 405 with criteria-based UA and 564 with expert opinion-based-UA. These patients were retrieved from a large cohort of early arthritis patients who underwent contrast-enhanced MRI scans of the hand and foot at baseline, and were followed for RA development during one year.

The researchers found that 21 percent of the criteria-based UA patients developed RA. MRI-detected synovitis

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