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Age of onset for disease is an important factor affecting clinical outcomes across the life span in patients receiving disease-modifying therapy for multiple sclerosis

Age of Onset May Affect Clinical Outcomes for MS Patients on DMT

Age-dependent differences seen for clinical outcomes in response to disease-modifying therapy
Interventions that bridge care transitions have the greatest impact on older adults' medication continuity

Assisting Medication Continuity Cuts Readmissions for Seniors

Interventions that bridge care transitions most likely to impact medication continuity in older adults
Vitamin D deficiency is associated with lumbar disc degeneration and low back pain in postmenopausal women

Vitamin D Tied to Back Problems in Postmenopausal Women

Serum vitamin D concentration <10 ng/mL may be marker of back pain, lumbar disc degeneration
Statin use alone or in combination with metformin is associated with lower all-cause and prostate cancer mortality among high-risk patients

Statin Use May Reduce Mortality in High-Risk Prostate Cancer

Statin use alone or in combination with metformin tied to lower all-cause, prostate cancer mortality
Youth newly diagnosed with HIV are linked to care at similar rates as adults but achieve disproportionately lower rates of viral suppression

HIV-Infected Youth Less Likely to Achieve Viral Suppression

Findings seen in large national sample of youth despite similar rates of linkage to care as adults
Cannabis use is common among multiple sclerosis patients with spasticity

Patients Report Cannabis Eases Spasticity in Multiple Sclerosis

More than one-third of MS patients with spasticity report current cannabis use
There appears to be a link between hidradenitis suppurativa and inflammatory bowel disease

Inflammatory Conditions of Skin, Bowel May Be Linked

Authors say patients with hidradenitis suppurativa should be screened for inflammatory bowel disease
There is a consistent association between magnetic resonance imaging findings of damage in the wrist and hand and self-reported loss of function in patients with established rheumatoid arthritis in sustained clinical remission

MRI-Identified Damage Tied to Patient-Reported RA Function

Association seen for MRI-assessed hand/wrist bone and cartilage damage but not inflammation
In a population from Taiwan

Vegetarian Diet Linked to Reduced Ischemic Stroke Risk in Taiwan

Vegetarians had lower ischemic stroke risk in two cohorts, lower hemorrhagic stroke risk in one cohort
Exposure to a higher annual average concentration of particulate matter <2.5 µm in aerodynamic diameter is associated with increased albuminuria and an increased risk for chronic kidney disease

Higher Exposure to Air Pollution Linked to Albuminuria, CKD

Each 1-µg/m³ higher annual average PM2.5 linked to increased risk for incident chronic kidney disease