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CD19 CAR T Cell Therapy in SLE (9.16.2022)

Sep 16, 2022

The big news this week: the approval of deucravacitinib (a new class of drug?) for psoriasis; the 2022 ACR guidance on glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis; a national poll of older adults over the age of 50 who claimed self-reported or doctor-diagnosed arthritis; and much more. Let's review

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The 2022 ACR abstracts are published and posted for you. Let the Learning begin!
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Rheums! Do you have a rheumatology question or case for Jack Cush? Record it here and we may feature it on an upcoming podcast. Tell us your name and where you practice rheumatology.

JUNIPERA Study - Secukinumab in Juvenile PsA & ERA

Aug 16, 2022

JUNIPERA study evaluated secukinumab (SEC) in children with enthesitis-related arthritis (ERA) and juvenile psoriatic arthritis (JPsA) and was found to be safe and effective in patients with active ERA and JPsA who previous failed to respond to conventional therapy.

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Lilly has announced that Taltz (ixekizumab) is now available as a Citrate-Free Formulation to reduce injection site pain for patients with psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, spondyloarthritis & nonradiographic axial spondyloarthritis.
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Hit Parade Review (8.12.2022)

Aug 12, 2022

We've got a lot to discuss this week: psoriasis; fatigue; sleep; sural nerve biopsies; uveitis and SpA; diet and RA; tofacitinib and the ORAL surveillance study; what not to take with mycophenolate - and more. In what order should these items be discussed? This week the run down is based on

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Fatigue is Under-Appreciated in Psoriatic Arthritis

Aug 09, 2022

Patient-reported fatigue is high in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and often goes under-recognized by physicians. Fatigue importantly impacts physical functioning, work productivity, and health related quality of life (HRQoL).

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ACR Updated Guideline on Vaccinations for Rheumatic Patients

Aug 04, 2022

The ACR has posted a new ACR Clinical Practice Guideline Summary providing recommendations on the use of vaccinations for children and adults with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs).

This guideline builds on past

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Have you checked out our new sister-site, Still's Now? A new site for Still's disease, autoinflammatory & febrile disorders.
Successful use of ixekizumab for glucocorticoid-free remission maintenance in giant cell arteritis Another IL17 looking promising in GCA!
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Rheumatologist Survey: What do you rely on MOST in diagnosing Still’s disease? Sxs? Labs? Both? Criteria? Fever? Vote here:
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Fever Pitch (7.15.2022)

Jul 15, 2022

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the new studies and drug approvals and new insights into febrile disorders from the past week on

  1. Ustekinumab (IL-12/23i) phase 2 study was successful in #SLE; but the phase 3 LOTUS study of 512 pts, UST was NOT superior to PBO (SRI-4 44% v

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French registry of IBD due to IL-17 inhib revealed 32 pts- risk of new IBD was low & decreased 2016 to 2019, w/ good outcome in 24/31. IBD more common w/ AS (27) vs PsO (4), IBD onse after 4 (1.5–7.5) mos; all cases w/ secukinumab
Bimekizumab: IL-17A and F inhibitor for tx of PsA - BE OPTIMAL trial reached primary endpoint: ACR50 44% vs. placebo Efficacy as early as 2 weeks No MACE, uveitis, IBD, deaths @RheumNow #EULAR2022 ABST#LB0001 cc:@doctorRBC :

ICYMI: 2021 Rheumatology Year in Review

Jul 08, 2022

For 2022, let's look our top 10 list of advances, game-changers, worries and those better medical practices that evolved during 2021.

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EMA has approved Secukinumab for the expanded approvals for use in pediatric patients with enthesitis-related arthritis (ERA) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) . Approvals based on the JUNIPERA trial, showing reduced the risk of flare & Dz activity w/ SEC
Inferior IL-17 Inhibitor Responses in Psoriatic Women Pooled data from two large (IXE trials show that male patients had greater clinical responses than did female patients with PsA are largely unexplored. Reasons for this is unexplained.

New Updated GRAPPA Psoriatic Arthritis Recommendations

Jun 29, 2022

The GRAPPA (Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis) treatment recommendations have been updated and the 2021 evidence-based guidance is rich in treatment recommendations based on the key disease "domains" - peripheral arthritis, axial disease, enthesitis,

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Inferior IL-17 Inhibitor Responses in Psoriatic Women

Jun 27, 2022

Pooled data from two large ixekizumab (IXE) trials show that male patients had greater clinical responses than did female patients with psoriatic arthritis are largely unexplored. Reasons for this differential treatment responses to an interleukin-17A inhibitor (IXE) between male and female

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Treatment of pyoderma gangrenosum is clinically empiric. Full read ref w/ Graded Rx Recommendations: - 1st line: Steriods or Cyclosporin - Consider biologics: TNFi, IL-1, IL-12/23, IL-17, IL-23 - Others: MTX, MMF, AZA, Dap, colchic, thalidomide, IVIG

Bimekizumab Safety in Psoriasis Patients

Jun 23, 2022

A pooled analyses of data from eight, phase 2 and 3 randomized clinical trials shows bimekizumab, a dual IL-17A/F inhibitor, to be effective in plaque psoriasis and was well tolerated aside from an increased incidence of mild to moderate oral candidiasis. 

The cohort included 1789

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JAK/STAT pathway in pyoderma gangrenosum: a new therapeutic highway?

Pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) is rare, but often associated with different forms of arthritis, in particular rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel diseases. 

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Spondyloarthritis and COVID-19

Jun 15, 2022

There are still questions surrounding COVID-19, and some common questions I receive from patients revolve around what to do with their current DMARDs or should they even start treatment during this pandemic. Two studies focused on this question. 

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