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Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Need to Quit Smoking ASAP

Oct 04, 2022

While it is known that smoking ups the risk of developing RA, its effect on outcomes in those with established rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is less known.  A report from an early arthritis registry shows that current smoking increases disease activity and lowers health-related quality of life.

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Yoga Fails to Benefit Knee Osteoarthritis

Sep 20, 2022

The Annals of Internal Medicine has published a study showing online yoga education and an unsupervised yoga program may improve physical function did not improve knee pain after 12 weeks and 24 weeks.



The study included 212 adults with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis who were

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Goofy But True

Sep 02, 2022

Dr. Jack Cush discusses declining survival rates in the USA, FDA approvals of new COVID subvariant boosters and other odd and possibly true new research reports from the past week on RheumNow.com.




  1. After historic drop in 2020 (COVID), life expectancy in USA dropped again,

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NICE Guidelines on Gout Diagnosis and Management

Aug 31, 2022

NICE (UK) has systematically reviewed current medical evidence and delivered a set of recommendations with consideration of cost effectiveness.

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Weight Loss Slows Knee OA Progression

MedPage Today
Aug 23, 2022

Declines in body mass index (BMI) were linked with slower worsening of knee osteoarthritis (OA), according to data from three large longitudinal cohort studies.

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Managing JDM with Calcinosis

Aug 19, 2022

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news and journal reports from this past week on RheumNow and discusses a case of refractory juvenile dermatomyositis with calcinosis.




  1. CDC report of fungal infx in US 2019 - coccidioidomycosis (20,061), histoplasmosis (1,124) & blastomycosis (240

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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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Arthritis - a Leading Chronic Condition Among Young Adults (18─34 Yrs)

Aug 11, 2022

MMWR from last week focused on chronic conditions in young adults showing they are common, costly, and major causes of death and disability. Overall arthritis ranks behind five more common chronic condition in young adults - obesity, depression, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia and asthma

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The Great Unknowns (8.5.2022)

Aug 05, 2022

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news, FDA approvals, journal articles from the past week on RheumNow; plus viewer questions. This week great hopes for vitamin D, the great unknows of CSA and the great big mess that is the gout.




  1. 521 clinically suspect arthralgia (CSA) pts were

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Krill Oil Effective in Knee Osteoarthritis

Aug 02, 2022

Krill oil supplements in knee osteoarthritis (OA) was shown to be superior to placebo in reducing knee pain, stiffness and function while increasing the omega-3 index. Krill oil, rich in anti-inflammatory long-chain (LC) omega-3 ( ω–3) PUFAs and astaxanthin, is thought to be safe and now

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New podcast up—“What Worries You, Masters You” We review recent news, regulatory and guideline updates from the past week. Studies on MTX use, COVID vaccination, Supplements and vitamins, and arthrocentesis despite anticoagulation are discussed.https://t.co/jRaLCQAt9K https://t.co/opa22JqU41
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What Worries You, Masters You (7.1.2022)

Jul 01, 2022

Dr. Jack Cush reviews recent news, regulatory and guideline updates from the past week on RheumNow.com.  Studies on methotrexate use, COVID vaccination, Supplements and vitamins, and arthrocentesis despite anticoagulation are discussed.




  1. FDA approved Abbvies risakizumab-rzaa

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Are You Wasting Money on Supplements or Vitamins?

Jun 27, 2022

The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has updated its recommendations regarding the efficacy of supplements or multivitamins for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and mortality in the general adult population.



The USPSTF concluded there is insufficient

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Modest Benefits of Diet on Arthritis

Jun 21, 2022

A EULAR taskforce systematically reviewd the literature on the effects of diet and lifestyle behaviors in rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs), and found little evidence suggesting dietary factors can substantially affect the outcomes in people with RMDs.

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Can we stop RA before it happens?

Jun 09, 2022

Rheumatologists have long hoped and wondered whether the right type of early intervention could prevent rheumatoid arthritis occurring in at-risk individuals. While it is often a point of substantive discussion at EULAR, this year’s meeting in Copenhagen provided further data on how therapy

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Is Pain Control by Cannabis an Option?

Jun 07, 2022

An Annals of Internal Medicine review has shown that clinical trials and cohort studies of cannabinoids use for chronic pain may be associated with short-term improvements in chronic pain but come with an increased risk for dizziness and sedation. Studies of long-term outcomes and

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So what diet to follow with autoimmunity in mind? So many, all with different instructions. Let’s concentrate on where they agree: yes to fruits & vegetables no to emulsifiers & processed foods #EULAR2022 @RheumNow https://t.co/I9abweQOyZ
More from the VITAL study Dr Costenbader @karen_kc123 et al. 5 year supplementation followed 2 year follow up. Vit D 2000iu ⬇️incident autoimmune disease 21%. RA, PMR, psoriasis trend towards reduction. No effect omega-3 @RheumNow #EULAR2022 OP0038 https://t.co/kbKqDhtN9z https://t.co/HcFXbweEPm
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RNL 2022: Rheumatoid Arthritis - Best Management

May 27, 2022

This week's Tuesday Night Rheumatology, hosted by Dr. Jack Cush, featured highlights from the 2022 RheumNow Live Rheumatoid Arthritis - Best Management Pod, followed by a lively audience Q & A. Lectures featured:



- Drug Cycling Vs Switching in RA - Janet Pope, MD, MPH,

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Lack of Research Stymies Uptake of Medical Marijuana for Rheumatic Pain

Creaky Joints
May 06, 2022

A new review article from CreakyJoints finds that there has been limited progress in understanding the potential of cannabis based therapies for the treatment of pain associated with rheumatic conditions in the past five years because of a lack of standardization of clinical research and

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$30 Billion and Counting (4.29.2022)

Apr 29, 2022

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news and journal reports and takes viewer questions this week.

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Faith in Exercise Benefit Boosts Actual Benefit in SpA

MedPage Today
Apr 19, 2022

Patients with axial spondyloarthritis (SpA) got more bang for their exercise buck in a randomized trial when they had good opinions about their workout program, with better persistence with exercise at 1 year relative to a control group, researchers said.

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Dietary Improvement in Psoriatic Arthritis

Apr 18, 2022

The results of the DIETA trial showed that dietary changes may control psoriatic arthritis (PsA) disease activity, independent of weight loss.  



The study set out to investigate whether dietary changes or antioxidant supplementation or 5-10% weight loss could improve disease activity

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Japanese study using Mendelian randomization (MR) analysis of the association between coffee consumption, gout & uric acid levels - showing coffee consumption can causally reduce gout risk (OR = 0.50), independent of SUA levels https://t.co/ymovYj5y40 https://t.co/uI7OqY9FcU
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