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Serious Infection Risk High in Patients With Lupus

MedPage Today
Sep 17, 2021

Patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) had two to four times higher risk for serious infection requiring hospitalization, a nationwide Swedish study found.



In a multivariate analysis that adjusted for age, sex, region of residence, and education, the hazard ratio for serious

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RheumNow Podcast – Do More DMARDs Mean More Switching? (9.17.2021)

Sep 16, 2021

Smartphones and diet; COVID-19 and the numbers - reassuring or not, and what about masks?; and do more drugs mean more switching, less persistence, and patient adherence goes up...or down? All this and more news and journal reports in this week's episode.

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Canakinumab Use in Periodic Febrile Disorders

Sep 16, 2021

A retrospective records review of patients with periodic fever syndromes (PFS)  receiving IL-1 inhibitor treatment with canakinumab (CAN), shows CAN to be effective and safe in a variety of PFS patients.

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Effect of Diet on COVID Outcomes

Sep 15, 2021

A smartphone-based symptom study of COVID-19 patients has shown that a healthy plant-based diet was associated with lower risk and severity of COVID-19, especially amongst those living in areas with higher socioeconomic deprivation.



Data was collected from 592,571 individuals

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Different Regimens but Equal Outcomes in Polyarticular JIA

Sep 15, 2021

CARRA (Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance) has compared 3 different treatment strategies for polyarticular JIA to identify the optimal time to biologic regimen.



This prospective observational study used data from the STOP-JIA trial (Start Time Optimization of

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High Drug Switching and Low Persistence in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Sep 13, 2021

Mease and colleagues have catalogued the current practices assessed in the CORRONA registry, noting that increased DMARD switching and decreased time on a given therapy by US physicians.



This retrospective analysis assessed treatment patterns among patients newly initiated on biologic

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RheumNow Podcast – High Science and Future Treatments (9.10.2021)

Sep 10, 2021

This week: high science that affect future treatments; breakthrough infections in our patients, and what's up with that; and soon your radiologist is going to be replaced by AI. This and more in our review of the news and journal articles from the past week.

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Analysis of records from the Mass General Brigham healthcare system in the Boston area, shows that breakthrough infections (after receiving SARS-CoV-2 vaccines) in patients with SARDs are not uncommon, and may be severe or fatal. https://t.co/Ri5QipR7YY https://t.co/TaTFTKfAzm
Dr. John Cush @RheumNow( View Tweet )
Sep 09, 2021
Among patients with acute #gout flare, early vs late initiation of #allopurinol did not show significant changes in time to resolution, flare recurrence, or inflammatory makers. #Rheumatology https://t.co/PhJNbOjWbp

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Sep 09, 2021

Lymphoma in RA: Disease Activity Matters

MedPage Today
Sep 08, 2021

Among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the strongest risk factors for the development of lymphoma were disease activity and severity, French researchers found.

In a multivariate analysis, having a high Disease Activity Score in 28 joints (DAS28) at baseline conferred twice the risk for

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COVID Breakthrough Infections in Rheumatic Patients

Sep 08, 2021

Analysis of records from the Mass General Brigham healthcare system in the Boston area, shows that breakthrough infections (after receiving SARS-CoV-2 vaccines) in patients with systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases (SARDs) are not uncommon, and may be severe or fatal.



Researchers

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ICYMI: The Greatest Rheumatologist - Part I Who is the greatest rheumatologist? What makes for a great rheum? Is it clinical acumen, scientific achievement, educational prowess or years of unrivaled service or mentoring? #RheumNow https://t.co/aNKnYtlN4I https://t.co/FBNXuKnbiA
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Sep 07, 2021

ICYMI: The Greatest Rheumatologist - Part II

Sep 06, 2021

Wow! I hope you read part I of yesterday's “Greatest Rheumatologist” article.  So many big names and yet, other names and stories that were equally inspirational.



If you read the comments of the part I article you can clearly see several themes emerge.

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ICYMI: The Greatest Rheumatologist - Part I

Sep 06, 2021

Who is the greatest rheumatologist? What makes for a great rheum? Is it clinical acumen, scientific achievement, educational prowess or years of unrivaled service or mentoring? Rheumatologists are quite opinionated on this subject and very nostalgic about their mentors and leaders. When I’ve

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ICYMI Expert Panel: Initial Views on FDA Warnings for JAK Inhibitors https://t.co/omeZyprT96 https://t.co/UGBlb9m5bS
Dr. John Cush @RheumNow( View Tweet )
Sep 05, 2021

RheumNow Podcast – JAK Inhibitor Warnings from the FDA

Sep 02, 2021

FDA JAK inhibitor warnings and what it means (also: what do you think?); other news released this week; and, two questions submitted from listeners. Dr. Cush discusses this and more in this week's podcast.

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Not All Immunosuppression Alters Vaccine Immunogenicity

Sep 02, 2021

Chronic inflammatory disease (CID) patients are urged to receive the COVID-19 vaccines; but when a cohort of CID patients treated with immunosuppressive medications were given an mRNA-based SARS-CoV-2 vaccination, only those treated with glucocorticoids and B cell depleting therapies (BCDT)

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Expert Panel: Initial Views on FDA Warnings for JAK Inhibitors

Sep 02, 2021

Dr. Jack Cush is joined by Drs. Roy Fleischmann (Dallas), Allan Gibofsky (NYC), and Artie Kavanaugh (San Diego) to discuss the 9/2/21 FDA Drug Safety Communication regarding the cardiovascular and cancer risks arising from the Pfizer 1133 (ORAL Surveillance) tofacitinib study, but also applied

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FDA slaps new BOXED warning revision on ALL JAK inhibitors (Xeljanz, Olumiant, Rinvoq) after final revew of the Pfizer Oral Surveillance study. New warnings for incr risk of MI, CVA, VTE, lymphoma & death see w/ BOTH dose of tofacitinib. https://t.co/tvTv40oy59

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Sep 01, 2021

TNF Inhibitor Induced IgA Vasculitis in IBD

Aug 31, 2021

A new descriptive series shows an uncommon association between IgA vasculitis (IgAV) and inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), with most cases interestingly arising after  or during anti-TNF-α therapy.



A retrospectively analysis of the GETAID and FVSG networks identified, 43 patients

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Predictors of Inflammatory Arthritis

Aug 31, 2021

Data from 4 parallel case-control studies within The Health Improvement Network looked at risk factors for developing psoriatic arthritis (PsA), psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and ankylosing spondylitis (AS) showed both shared and differentiating risk factors, but statin use was

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Drug Choices After First TNF Inhibitor in RA

Aug 30, 2021

TNFi are frequently used first line in RA patients; and a new analysis shows that repeat use of TNFi dominates over the use of non-TNFi biologics when the initial TNFi therapy has failed. This retrospective analysis of commercial insurance records analyzed the patterns of drug use in adult RA

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RheumNow Podcast – COVID Marching Amidst the Madness (8.27.2021)

Aug 26, 2021

We have a lot of news, information and approvals to review and discuss, though I need to begin with what's weighing heavily on my mind. After, we'll dive into what we learned this week.

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Mediterranean Diet Benefits Spondyloarthritis

Aug 26, 2021

Can an antiinflammatory diet impact axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA)? A 6-month dietary intervention shows that adherence to a Mediterranean diet lowers disease activity in axSpA; but dietary adherence is often incomplete.



This prospective, 6 month trial assessed whether nutritional

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#ClinicalPearl My pt’s rheumatoid nodules ⬇️ when she continued off her #methotrexate post #CovidVaccine. She restarted her JAKi + #plaquenil https://t.co/FqNX9k7FUN
Janet Pope @Janetbirdope( View Tweet )
Aug 26, 2021
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