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Discontinued in 2008. Continued by Rheumatology is becoming an increasingly important subspecialty in medical practice. Advances in our understanding of disease mechanisms are constantly being made. There are also exciting new diagnostic developments - for example, sensitive disease markers and emerging diagnostic modalities. In the future, we are also likely to see an increasingly personalized approach to treatment, as the identification of inherited genetic risk factors for rheumatic diseases leads to specific gene targets. Topics examined in Future Rheumatology include the following areas: Therapeutic overviews of optimal treatment strategies and future trends; Emerging treatment options, such as gene and stem cell therapy; Computer-aided surgical techniques; Genetic contributions to rheumatic and autoimmune conditions; Impact of molecular genetics on prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment; 'Personalized medicine'. The Bone and Joint decade is an exciting time for the rheumatologist, but all clinicians are now facing great demands on their time, both in terms of patient management and of maintaining awareness of the rapid advances. Future Rheumatology delivers essential information in concise, at-a-glance article formats. Key advances in the field are reported and analyzed by international experts, providing an authoritative but accessible forum for this expanding area of specialization.
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