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Glucocorticoid use in rheumatoid arthritis patients and the onset of pneumonia: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Kawther N. Elsouri, BS, MS; Vania Arboleda, BS; Lynn Basbous, BS; Samantha Heiser, BS, MS; Dylon P. Collins, BS; Philip Ragusa, BS; Courney Baxter, BS; Dominick Cabrera, BS, MS; Tanisha Akhand, BS; Evan Stermer, BS, MS; Kiran Sharma, BS; Charmaine Seguro, BS, MS; Patrick Hardigan, PhD; Marc Kesselman, DO; and Michelle Demory Beckler, PhD
The goal of this study was to systematically review and statistically analyze pooled data documenting pneumonia as an adverse event in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients on disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) as a monotherapy vs RA patients on DMARDs and glucocorticoids as combination therapy.
Musculoskeletal Medicine and Pain

Structural abnormalities and osteopathic considerations in primary immunodeficiencies

Marija J. Rowane, DO; Meghan A. Callahan, BS; Jason E. Schend, DO; Michael P. Rowane, DO, MS, FAAFP, FAAO; and Robert W. Hostoffer, DO, LhD, MSMEd, FACOP, FAAP, FCCP, FACOI
In this case report, the authors describe the first concise osteopathic examination of an immunodeficient patient with a phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase regulatory subunit 1 (PIK3R1) mutation and provide a review of musculoskeletal abnormalities found in more common primary immunodeficiencies.
NMM/OMT

Enabling health potential: exploring nonlinear and complex results of osteopathic manual medicine through complex systems theory

Leslie M. Ching, DO; Bruce A. Benjamin, PhD; Edward G. Stiles, DO; and Harriet H. Shaw, DO
In this paper, complex systems theory is explored as a paradigm to understand how the body works, how it breaks down biomechanically and physiologically, how disease states can be viewed from a systems perspective, and how osteopathic manipulative medicine may interact with the complex adaptive system of the body to change entrenched neurologic patterns and improve patients’ potential for health.

Distinguished Service Award Application

We are pleased to announce nominations are being accepted for the AOA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. This prestigious award is presented annually to deserving physicians or lay individuals for outstanding contributions to the understanding and advancement of osteopathic medicine through research, education, financial aid, or other areas that enable the profession to make a greater contribution to public health. Nominations are due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Saturday, April 1. The application can be found here: https://aoaforms.formstack.com/forms/distservice2023

Proposed Amendments to the AOA Bylaws

View the proposed amendments to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Bylaws that will be presented for action at the 2022 Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates, which will occur July 15-17, 2022.

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Perichondritis: a case of swollen ear

A 72-year-old man with a medical history of hypertension and colon cancer (in remission) presented to the emergency department in January 2022 because his wife noticed that his right ear was diffusely swollen and red for several hours. Read more