Reuter and colleagues describe an improved genetic technique to confirm or refute outbreaks in hospitals and the community, and the research is further elucidated in the accompanying Article .
Eriksson et al investigated whether radiological superiority translates into better work loss outcomes in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis with biological tumor necrosis factor inhibitors compared with conventional treatment. See the Invited Commentary by Yelin.
After evaluating the full reports of 10 759 articles and abstracts, Maneiro and colleagues analyzed the data from 60 published articles to summarize the influence of antibodies against biologic agents on efficacy and safety in immune-mediated inflammatory diseases.
Espeland et al test whether prescribing conjugated equine estrogen–based hormone therapy to postmenopausal women aged 50 to 55 years has longer-term effects on cognitive function.
To determine the frequency and correlates of repeat lipid testing in 35 191 VA patients with CHD who attained LDL-C goals and received no treatment intensification, Virani et al performed logistic regression analyses to evaluate facility, provider, and patient characteristics associated with repeat testing. See the Article by Drozda and the Editor’s Note by Covinsky.
McWilliams and colleagues evaluate delivery system integration and health care spending and quality for Medicare beneficiaries, and the analysis is further elucidated in an accompanying Article .
Braun describes how low testosterone level has been marketed to consumers as a disease state in order to boost sales of testosterone replacement therapies.