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The rise and fall of rheumatoid arthritis . . . and other stories

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j327 (Published 26 January 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j327

UK rheumatoid rates are falling

During the years from 1990 to 2014, the prevalence of rheumatoid arthritis in the UK first rose a little up to 2005, and is now slowly falling, according to an analysis from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (Rheumatology doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/kew468). This was driven by a 1.6% decrease in the annual incidence of rheumatoid arthritis throughout that period. But the “middle east” of England remains disproportionately affected, with incidence remaining highest in East Midlands, Yorkshire, and Humber.

Listeria and proton pump inhibitors

Systemic infection with food-borne Listeria monocytogenes is rare, but comes with a case-fatality rate of 20% or higher. A case-control study based on the whole population of Denmark identified 721 cases of listeriosis in people aged …

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