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Day 1 (part one): ACR 2019 Podcast
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Day 1 (part two): ACR 2019 Podcast
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Day 2 (part two) ACR 2019 Podcast
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Day 2 (part one) Podcast
ACR Posters
ACR 2019 - Report from Day 3 (Tuesday)
Jack Cush, MD
Here's my summary of key studies presented Tuesday.  Tofacitinib in Polyarticular JIA Abstract L22. Dr. Hermine Brunner presented the results of a phase 3 trial of tofacitinib (Tofa) in children…
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Can The Happiest Subspecialists Experience Burnout?
Kanika Monga, MD
The Medscape’s Physician Lifestyle & Happiness Report 2019 crowned rheumatologists as the happiest subspecialists. We topped the list with 65% of the respondents indicating that they were happy…
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At the 2019 ACR Annual Meeting in Atlanta, almost 500 presentations discussed new randomized controlled trials (RCTs). We are lucky to have so much research activity in our field, but applying an RCT…
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Muscle Loss and Frailty in Rheumatic Disease
Paul Sufka, MD
“If exercise could be purchased in a pill, it would be the single most widely prescribed and beneficial medicine in the nation.” —Robert H. Butler, MD, first director of the National Institute on…
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IL-17 inhibitors in non-radiographic axial SpA
Philip Robinson, MD
This meeting sees new data on using anti-IL-17 agents in non-radiographic axial SpA. Up until now these patients have only had TNF inhibitors available, so data about the efficacy of IL17 inhibitors…
The ACR 2019 Playbook
Jack Cush, MD
The annual ACR/ARP meeting will begin today, Sunday. For many this is the premier meeting in rheumatology. For the ACR it is their biggest educational event. It's also big for industry, academics,…
Gout is a systemic inflammatory disease with high potential for joint damage due to erosive changes and MSU deposits resulting in disability and chronic pain. Prompt diagnosis and effective treatment…
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Rheumatic Manifestations of Cancer Immunotherapies
Antoni Chan, MD, PhD
One area I am very interested to learn more about at #ACR19 are the rheumatic manifestations of cancer immunotherapies. In the last 5 years, there has been an expansion of the use of immune…
I have been attending the ACR Review Course for more than a decade, and it seems every year it gets better and better. Contrary to what most people think, this is not a board review course; it is…
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Should we all be Tweetiatricians?
Maeve Gamble, MD
I’m excited to participate as a RheumNow reporter at this year’s ACR.  As we head into the conference, I reflect on the role Twitter will have this week and on a larger scale, the role of social…
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Influenza Vaccine Updates and Pearls at ACR 2019
Cassandra Calabrese, DO
As we enter flu season it is of the utmost importance that we remember to assess our patients’ influenza vaccine status at each visit. Patients with immune mediated inflammatory diseases (IMIDs) are…
There are proportionately more male than female physicians across most medical specialties in Canada and the U.S. despite the current gender parity in medical school. Based on data from the…
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When Classification and Diagnosis Diverge
Michael Putman, MD
Like many rheumatologists who are headed to the 2019 American College of Rheumatology meeting in Atlanta, I am eagerly looking forward to learning about the new criteria in vasculitis, lupus, and…
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Gearing up for ACR
Rachel Tate, DO
ACR is a whirlwind!  It’s akin to the “drinking from the firehose” analogy from medical school. Here are a few simple ideas to keep your head from swimming and to make learning fun and easy.  First…