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ACR Promotes New COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Guidance for Rheumatic Patients

Feb 10, 2021

The American College of Rheumatology has published a draft guidance on the use of COVID-19 vaccination in rheumatic disease and musculoskeletal disease (RMD) patients, based on the efforts of the North American Task force.

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RheumNow Podcast – Tofacitinib Safety Concerns (2.5.2021)

Feb 05, 2021

Dr. Jack Cush reviews and discusses the news and journal reports from the past week on RheumNow.com.

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Avacopan - Is it Really a Win for ANCA-Associated Vasculitis?

Feb 18, 2021

The NEJM has reported the results of a study showing that avacopan, a C5a receptor inhibitor, is as effective as steroids at treating patients with antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)–associated vasculitis (AAV).

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ACR and Three Societies Agree on HCQ Eye Safety

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Feb 16, 2021

Four major medical societies issued a joint statement of principles on safe use of hydroxychloroquine from the perspective of ocular toxicity.

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RWCS Highlights - Day 1

Feb 11, 2021

The 2021 Rheumatology Winter Clinical Symposium (RWCS) launched yesterday as a hybrid meeting. Led by exceptional teachers and researchers in rheumatology, this live and streaming conference had many highlights and takeaway messages.  As always, this conference lends itself to data for the practi

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Lung Preservation with Tocilizumab in Early Systemic Sclerosis

Feb 21, 2021

Arthritis & Rheumatology has published the results of a subanalysis from tocilizumab (TCZ) clinical trials showing that Il-6 inhibition was associated with preservation of lung function patients with early systemic sclerosis (SSc).

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Combo Therapy Boosts Response in Uncontrolled Gout

MedPage Today
Mar 02, 2021

The addition of an immunomodulating agent to pegloticase (Krystexxa) among patients with uncontrolled gout significantly improved response rates, a systematic literature review found.

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RheumNow Podcast – Systemic Sclerosis Pearls (2.19.2021)

Feb 18, 2021

Dr. Jack Cush reviews nearly a dozen news and journal reports from the past 2 weeks on RheumNow.com, including the ACR's new COVID-19 vaccine guidance for patients with rheumatic disease.

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MAXIMISE Trial - Secukinumab Efficacy in Psoriatic Spondylitis Patients

Feb 26, 2021

The results of the novel MAXIMISE trial have been published, demonstrating that secukinumab (SEC) significantly improved axial signs and symptoms in psoriatic arthritis (PsA) patients with axial manifestations with inadequate NSAID response.

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Baricitinib Therapy in Covid-19 Pneumonia

Mar 04, 2021

The NEJM has published the results of the ACCT-2 Study,  a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial evaluating baricitinib, an inhibitor of Janus kinase 1 (JAK1) and JAK2, plus remdesivir in hospitalized adults with Covid-19. The primary outcome was the time to recovery.

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RWCS Highlights - Day 4

Feb 16, 2021

As another year at RWCS in Maui wrapped up, I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to participate remotely.  Thank you to Drs. Kavanaugh and Martin for providing a needed reprieve from the day to day grind in order learn from some of the best! Here are my day 4 #RWCS2021 pearls.

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High Risk Cancer Profiling with Inflammatory Myositis

Feb 18, 2021

A recent metanalysis of studies suggest you may be able to use certain clinical factors to stratify cancer risk in patients with idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (IIMs).

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MIRROR Study: Pegloticase With Methotrexate in Uncontrolled Gout

Feb 15, 2021

Botson et al has reported that the combination of methotrexate (MTX) and IV pegloticase is safe and effective in patients with uncontrolled gout.

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RWCS Highlights - Day 2

Feb 12, 2021

As I attend RWCS virtually, I am always amazed by the amount of thought that goes into preparing great talks geared toward busy clinicians. Today, I am highlighting a few more pearls that you may find interesting as well.

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NEJM: Interleukin-6 Inhibition in Critically-Ill COVID-19

Mar 01, 2021

The pendulum and jury are wavering with regard to the benefits of interleukin-6 receptor antagonists in COVID-19; the current NEJM reports the results of a study favoring such biologic therapy in in critically ill COVID-19 patients.

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NSAIDs in Osteoarthritis: Study Suggests Need for New Look

Feb 08, 2021

Knee osteoarthritis (OA) patients using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) showed greater loss of medial minimum joint space width than did others taking other drugs, registry data indicated.

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RWCS Highlights - Day 3

Feb 15, 2021

Today I’ve included some research and clinical pearls as well as fodder for your post COVID-19 dinner party or trivia night!  Enjoy!

Psoriatic Arthritis: 2020 Year in Review: with Drs. Alexis Ogdie, Artie Kavanaugh, and Eric Ruderman

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Diagnosis & Treatment of Osteoarthritis Reviewed

Feb 22, 2021

Katz, Arant and Loeser have published a comprehensive open-read overview of osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip and knee in JAMA; underscoring the impact, advances, disappointments and guidelines put forth. 

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RheumNow Podcast – Sweet Lies or Hard Truths? (2.26.2021)

Feb 26, 2021

Dr. Jack Cush reviews and discusses the news and Journal reports from the past week on RheumNow.com.

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Measureable Benefits to Treat-to-Target Management in RA

Feb 24, 2021

Desai and colleagues have published that when a learning collaborative group focused on a treat‐to‐target approach was compared to usual care, a modest but significant impact on implementation, treatment changes and patient outcomes in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients managed with a treat‐to‐ta

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