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A New Rheumatic Disease?

Medscape—November 30, 2017

In an interview with Medscape, HSS rheumatologist Anne R. Bass, MD discussed her latest research that was presented at the 2017 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Annual Meeting.

She studied predictors of poor outcomes after joint replacement, such as community poverty and levels of education. "I think one of the mechanisms behind the racial and social disparities in outcomes may be that those who are less educated may postpone their surgeries…. Then there's a vicious cycle in which those living in poor communities look at their peers and see bad outcomes, so they postpone own surgery. And that in turn leads to worse outcomes," she noted.

Dr. Bass also shared her opinion on another hot topic at the conference – precision medicine.

"I think personalized or precision medicine is an exciting new area. We're starting to better understand rheumatoid arthritis and lupus on a case-by-case basis at the molecular level, but I think this work is in its infancy."

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