Hilal M. Kremers

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OBJECTIVE To provide a single source for the best available estimates of the US prevalence of and number of individuals affected by osteoarthritis, polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis, gout, fibromyalgia, and carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as the symptoms of neck and back pain. A companion article (part I) addresses additional conditions. (More)
OBJECTIVE To provide a single source for the best available estimates of the US prevalence of and number of individuals affected by arthritis overall, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis, the spondylarthritides, systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis, and Sjögren's syndrome. A companion article (part II) addresses additional conditions. (More)
OBJECTIVE Behçet's disease (BD) is a rare, multisystem inflammatory disorder of unknown cause. Although well-documented in Eastern populations, epidemiologic data is scarce in North American countries. Here we describe the incidence and prevalence of BD in Olmsted County, Minnesota over 45 years. METHODS We identified an incidence cohort of subjects age(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine trends in the incidence and prevalence of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) from 1995 to 2007. METHODS To augment our preexisting inception cohort of patients with RA (1955-1994), we assembled a population-based incidence cohort of individuals >or=18 years of age who first fulfilled the American College of Rheumatology 1987 criteria for the(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine time trends in incidence, prevalence, and clinical characteristics of psoriatic arthritis (PsA) over a 30-year period. METHODS We identified a population-based incidence cohort of subjects aged 18 years or over who fulfilled ClASsification of Psoriatic ARthritis (CASPAR) criteria for PsA between January 1, 1970, and December 31,(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the incidence and disease-specific predictors of clinically recognized psoriatic arthritis (PsA) in patients with psoriasis. METHODS We identified an incidence cohort of psoriasis subjects age >/=18 years diagnosed between January 1, 1970 and December 31, 1999 in a population-based setting. Psoriasis diagnoses were validated by(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the impact of systemic inflammation and serum lipids on cardiovascular disease (CVD) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS In a population-based RA incident cohort (1987 American College of Rheumatology criteria first met between 1988 and 2007), details were collected of serum lipid measures, erythrocyte sedimentation rates (ESRs),(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to conduct an economic evaluation of rofecoxib and celecoxib compared with high-dose acetaminophen or ibuprofen with and without misoprostol for patients with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis (OA). METHODS A decision analysis model was designed over 6 months using two measures of effectiveness: 1) number of upper(More)
Psoriasis has been traditionally viewed as an inflammatory skin disorder of unknown origin. Recent advances in the immunopathogenesis and genetics of psoriasis have broadened our understanding of psoriasis. Psoriasis is now considered a systemic inflammatory condition analogous to other inflammatory immune disorders. Patients with other immune disorders,(More)
OBJECTIVE Various etiologic mechanisms have been implicated in the observed increase in cardiovascular mortality in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Body mass index (BMI) is associated with cardiovascular mortality in the general population. This study compared the effect of BMI on cardiovascular mortality in a population-based cohort of subjects with RA with(More)