The overall goal is to improve shared decision-making (SDM) about treatment options and thereby enhance disease outcomes and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The objective of this study is to engage patients in using the ArthritisPower application on a weekly basis during the time between clinic appointments for collection of data on self-reported disease activity and patient-reported outcomes (PROs), and to display the data using an iPad to the patients and their rheumatology health care providers (HCPs) at the point of care for SDM.
Kawasaki disease (KD) is the leading cause of acquired heart disease in children in the developed world. Despite available treatment, 25% of children in San Diego County appropriately treated for KD develop coronary artery abnormalities that may lead to complications later in life, including heart attack. Although the investigators can identify children with KD that have these coronary artery abnormalities, there is no approved additional treatment to decrease coronary artery inflammation and arrest or prevent damage to the coronary arteries. Anakinra, a therapy that blocks the high levels of interleukin 1 (IL1) that lead to...
Patients with fibromyalgia (FM) are more sensitive to things that cause pain. Music lowers self-reported pain in patients with chronic pain. The investigators are able to measure pain sensitivity and pain tolerance using tools that cause pain and give accurate measurements of how much pressure is put on the body (QST). Previous studies have shown that after a few minutes of listening to music patients with FM have less self-reported pain, can get up and move from sitting more quickly, and have more activity in part of the brain that tells the body to stop sending pain signals. The investigators will study 40 patients with FM using the ...
The purpose of this study is to determine if treatment with low-dose oral propranolol in the days before and after surgery decrease postoperative pain and improve pain scores.
This prospective study will evaluate the hip function and quality of life of patients operated for total hip arthroplasty with Masterloc femoral stem and MPACT acetabular cup. The results of this study will establish the performance of Masterloc femoral component (Medacta International SA) and MPACT acetabular component (Medacta International SA), and provide a general estimate of survivorship, clinical effectiveness and complications.
This observational study aims at finding out if individual with autoimmunity exhibit increased numbers of B cells that express two types (instead of one type) of antibodies, and if B cells of individuals genetically susceptible to autoimmunity display defects in the biological process of tolerance, which removes B cells that participate in autoimmunity.
The purpose of the study is to acquire kinematic in vivo fluoroscopy data from subjects who were implanted with Stryker Posterior Cruciate Retaining (PCR) , Stryker Posterior Stabilized (PS), Zimmer PCR, and Zimmer PS Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKAs). Our lab has previously collected data for the Smith & Nephew PCR, bi-cruciate retaining (BCR), and bi-cruciate stabilized (BCS) TKA.
This study aims to collect and identify key outcome measures or disease parameters in ME/CFS that are altered during elevated symptoms relative to baseline by gathering information before and after symptom provocation using a two-day cardiopulmonary exercise test.
The purpose of this study is to identify potential markers for curve progression in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). Despite its prevalence and impact on child health, the etiology of AIS and molecular mechanisms underlying its development and progression remain poorly understood. Clinical criteria and features cannot adequately predict which children, diagnosed with mild disease, will undergo subsequent curve progression requiring intervention. The investigators hypothesize that alterations in specific genetic markers will be correlated with the progression of AIS curves over time. Thus, these markers could be used in the...
The purpose of this study is to determine the dose effect of a single injectable acellular amniotic membrane derived allograft for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis and to confirm whether the use of 2 mL of the same amniotic injection offers a statistically significant advantage over the 1 mL injection when compared to a placebo.