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Arthritis Care & Research is soliciting manuscripts for a themed issue addressing vascular comorbidity in the rheumatic diseases. Manuscripts covering a broad range of topics related to the major theme are invited, for example: common pathways in rheumatic and vascular disease, risk factors for onset of cardiovascular disease among persons with rheumatic conditions, and adverse outcomes when comorbid cardiovascular disease is present in rheumatic conditions. Submissions from a range of disciplines relevant to vascular aspects of rheumatic disease are welcome, and we will entertain both original research articles and review articles.

The issue will include regular submissions as well, but a certain number of pages will be reserved for manuscripts accepted in response to this solicitation. Manuscripts will be subject to the usual review process.

The deadline for submission is July 1, 2010. For further information, contact the editors, Edward H. Yelin, PhD (Ed.Yelin@ucsf.edu) or Patricia P. Katz, PhD (Patti.Katz@ucsf.edu).