East European dispatch
A number of symposiums on rheumatology took place in Eastern Europe during 1988. The first rheumatology symposium organized by the German Democratic Republic and Hungary was held. The topics that were discussed included: proliferative vasculitis in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus; the possible relationship between silicosis, or exposure to silica dust, and scleroderma; and guidelines for physiotherapy in the treatment of rheumatic diseases. In Poland, three rheumatology symposiums were held. The late Dr. Gerald P. Rodnan, a prominent American rheumatologist, was commemorated in one symposium. Other symposiums were organized by Polish and Hungarian rheumatologists and by the Polish Rheumatological Society. A symposium of the European Osteoarthrology Society was held in Hungary. The major topics included: the effect of calcitonin, the hormone that regulates calcium levels, on diseases of the cartilage; the permeability of cartilage to intravenous antibiotics; bone resorption in the disease state of hyperthyroidism; animal models of polyarthritis; and the treatment of osteoporosis with the new drug, ipriflavone. The main topic of the annual meeting of the Hungarian Association of Rheumatologists was soft tissue rheumatism. There were two meetings in Czechoslovakia; one focused on spinal disease and the other concerned advances in the treatment of rheumatic diseases. Other meetings took place in Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union. More symposiums are scheduled in 1989 and will include participants from various countries. This sharing of information will benefit both physicians and patients worldwide. (Consumer Summary produced by Reliance Medical Information, Inc.)
Publication Name: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
The giraffe: the emergency care practitioner; fit for purpose? The East Anglian experience
The background and development of the new Emergency care practitioner (ECP) programme run by the East Anglian Ambulance NHS Trust (EAAT) and the Health Schools of the University of East Anglia (UEA), which encompasses the emerging national competencies for the ECP are discussed. Initially though the programme had some problems, its development led to challenging and rewarding understanding of the competency frameworks between professional groups.
Publication Name: Emergency Medicine Journal
Growing knee cartilage
Studies have shown that damaged cartilages can be repaired by transplanting healthy cartilages from the same person. Although promising, numerous questions about cartilage transplantation still need to be answered.
Publication Name: Joe Weider's Muscle & Fitness
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