Research nieuws

Dec 1: Rheumatologists compare rheumatoid arthritis drugs in difficult-to-treat patients

Dutch rheumatologists have started a clinical study in patients with difficult-to-treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA). They compare the efficacy of adding either tocilizumab or prednisone in patients who do not benefit sufficiently from treatment with the conventional RA drug methotrexate.

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Outcome of European study: the sooner epilepsy surgery, the better the result

A large-scale European study into the effectiveness of epilepsy surgery, led by the UMC Utrecht and the University Hospitals of Erlangen, convincingly shows its success. One year after surgery, 72% of patients with epilepsy are seizure-free. After two years, that percentage is still 68% and after five years 66%. The results help in deciding whether surgery to treat epilepsy is effective. The findings also support the idea that operating as quickly as possible improves the outcome. This study was published in the Lancet Neurology on August 18.

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Exercise as medicine after a stroke

People sit too much and do not exercise enough. Also after a stroke. This increases the risk of another stroke and premature death. Roderick Wondergem investigated the health risks and developed a coaching program. “Excessive sitting is habitual behavior. To break that habit, confidence in one's own abilities is crucial.”

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