UAB Insight Rheumatology Volume 3

Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID JNWB 412 • 500 22nd Street South 1720 2ND AVE S BIRMINGHAM AL 35294-0104 Permit No. 1256 Birmingham, AL VOL. 3 NO. 10 RHEUMATOLOGY INSIGHT T H E U N IV E RS IT Y O F A L A BA M A AT B IR M IN G H A M Gout team, from left, includes Drs. Saag, Bridges, Gaffo, Curtis, and Singh. RHEUMATOLOGY Team of UAB rheumatologists develops new clinic for patients with gout. Published by the UAB Health System, 500 22nd Street South, Birmingham, AL 35233 ©2013 by The Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama for the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Second class postage paid by UAB Bulk Mail Dept. Postmaster address changes to: UAB Insight, 500 22nd Street South, Suite 410, 1720 2nd Ave South, Birmingham, AL 35294 RHEUMATOLOGY INSIGHT U O OG SG For more information on UAB’s Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology visit: 13 UAB Rheumatologists named Best Doctors in America® S. Louis Bridges Jr, MD, PhD Robert P. Kimberly, MD W. Winn Chatham, MD Sarah L. Morgan, MD, RD Jeffrey R. Curtis, MD, MS, MPH Maria I. Danila, MD, MSc Kenneth G. Saag, MD, MSc Harry W. Schroeder Jr, MD, PhD Barri J. Fessler, MD, MSPH Jasvinder Singh, MD, MPH Angelo L. Gaffo, MD, MSPH Visit the UAB Medicine Online Headquarters for Physicians P H YS I C I A N H Q • Information on how to refer patients • Full digital and downloadable ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS Gout Incidence Up: New Opportunities in an Old Disease The UAB Scleroderma Clinic: Management of a Complex Multisystem Disease Meeting the Challenges of Vasculitis editions of UAB Medicine Insight David M. Spalding, MD • Recent news and updates for referring physicians Iain McInnes Delivers the 17th Cochrane Lecture, on Immune Therapeutics 2 Gout may affect up to 4% of the general US population, Gout is not only the disease of joints, but also a risk according to a recent estimate, and its prevalence is 2 Publications of Note 3 UAB Medicine News 3 Measures of Success 3 factor for heart disease, such as myocardial infarction, and increasing, in parallel with the obesity epidemic. This for mortality due to cardiovascular disease. Research into its makes gout the most common inflammatory arthritis among Meeting the Challenges of Vasculitis effects on kidneys and other organs is ongoing. US adults. “Despite the fact that gout is one of the oldest Gout presents enormous opportunities for advancing 3 diseases known to mankind, there are many unknowns with the science and practice of medicine, says Singh. Recently, regard to its systematic manifestations, that go beyond the the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal joint,” says Jasvinder Singh, MD, MS, MPH, director of the and Skin Diseases funded the UAB Center of Research new UAB Gout Clinic. “The introduction of several new Featured Clinical Trials • Links to other helpful resources Laura B. Hughes, MD, MSPH Friends of UAB Gather at ACR Session The UAB Scleroderma Clinic: Management of a Complex Multisystem Disease Gout Incidence Up: New Opportunities in an Old Disease Translation (CORT) on Gout and Hyperuricemia (Kenneth pharmaceutical treatments for gout in the last 5 years and Saag, MD, MSc, and S. Louis Bridges Jr, MD, PhD, the publication of high quality epidemiological and clinical principal investigators). Projects will focus on the effect of studies have renewed interest in gout research.” hyperuricemia on blood pressure, effectiveness and safety of Sign up for more at continued on page 2