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TNF Inhibitors or non-TNF Biologics - First Best Choice?

Oct 18, 2020

Prospective observational findings from the CORRONA registry of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients compared clinical outcomes between initial aggressive therapy using either a tumour necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) or a non-TNFi (biological disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (bDMARDs) and

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COVID Transmission from Young to Old

Oct 13, 2020

The CDC has analyzed temporal trends in percent positivity by age group in COVID-19 hotspot counties before and after their identification as hotspots. Among 767 hotspot counties identified during June and July 2020, early increases in the percent positivity among persons aged ≤24 years were

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2020 Nobel Prize in Medicine Goes to the Discovery of Hepatitis C

Oct 05, 2020

The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice for the discovery of Hepatitis C virus. These three scientists made a decisive contribution to the fight against blood-borne

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Defining Difficult Rheumatoid Arthritis

Oct 01, 2020

‘Difficult-to-treat RA’ is an oft-used term that carries various clinical qualities and therapeutic disappointments. A EULAR Task Force was established to develop recommendations for the management of difficult-to-treat rheumatoid arthritis and as a first step, have put forth their definition of

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Swedish registry comparison of 541 PsA 40944 non-PsA pregnancies between 1997-2014, shows PsA pregnancies had increased risks for preterm birth (adj OR 1.63) and caesarean deliveries (OR 1.47), but no increased risks for pre-eclampsia, stillbirth https://t.co/3Udpjh

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Sep 13, 2020
117 pregnancies exposed to biologics were compared to 585 pregnancies not exposed to biologics; 6% of newborns had ≥1 congenital anomalies. No significant association between biologic exposure and congenital anomalies (HR 1.06; 95%CI 0.46-2.47) was seen.

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Sep 11, 2020
QD Videos from RheumNow Live. "I wanna get pregnant" (a controlled RA patient on tocilizumab) https://t.co/vfLgQPrl98

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Sep 09, 2020
#ACR18 @rheumnow abs 2419. In a busy clinic, ask 'one key question' as a way to opening discussion on pregnancy planning in SLE. With an EPR it can even come up as a prompt on your screen. https://t.co/Y1hp7ILB2N

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Sep 08, 2020

RheumNow Podcast – To Celiac Test or Not? (9.4.20)

Sep 04, 2020

Dr Jack Cush reviews the news, journal articles and takes a few Back Talk questions this week:

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Falls are common after total hip arthroplasty - Cohort of 108 individuals (age of 72.4 yrs) w/ total hip arthroplasty followed 12 mos. 23% had a FALL; half (56%) w/in 6–12 mos of surgery. https://t.co/UXeB3cMuMO

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Sep 01, 2020
ATS Abstract: n=616 survey contrasts rheums (57%) & pulmonologists (43%) beliefs on RA associated ILD. Both preferred to use steroids, MMF, RTX for RA-ILD, but Rheums tend avoid ADA & LEF.

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Aug 21, 2020
@RheumNow its time we stopped “seroneg RA” which are many diseases, like ANCA pos Vasculitis we should have ACPA pos RA and others - how many viral arthritides in our country “doing great” on SZP, PLAQ, or low dose MTX and reluctant to stop? #RA #Seronegative

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Aug 20, 2020
Mayo clinic: Theres a delay in diagnosing Seronegative RA - 1st joint swelling to diagnosis of RA was 187 days for seroneg vs 11 days for seropositive patients (P<.001).

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Aug 20, 2020

Are Women in Rheumatology Closing the Gap?

Aug 20, 2020

"Fierce, Formidable and Phenomenal" was the tag line used to introduce Vice-Presidential candidate, Kamala Harris. Her introduction followed a review of the increasing role of women in voting, society and politics in America. Has the same been realized by women in academic medicine and

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Are there delays in Dx-ing RA? 2019 UK NHS study shows median delays from 1st Sx to seeing a rheumatologist was 27 weeks, with 20% seen w/in 1st 3 mos. Includes a patient delay (5.4 wks), GP delay (6.9 wks) & hospital delay (4.7 wks) https://t.co/vwNALZKkiR

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Aug 20, 2020

ACP/AAFP Guidelines on Managing Musculoskeletal Pain

Aug 17, 2020

Topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are recommended as first-line therapy in a new guideline for treating acute, non-low back pain from musculoskeletal injuries in outpatient settings.



The clinical guide, released by the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the

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NY Times article about a "guy and aching legs". 48 yrs old w/ myalgias, wt loss, SOB, sinusitis, high inflammatory markers, pulmonary infiltrates, microscopic hematuria, red & swollen ears; but no fever/chills. You're a rheumatologist, you know the Dx.
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Aug 17, 2020
Check out my Virtual Video Exam - 5 minutes of a combo of Simon Sez and the Macarena hits the high points of a functional virtual examination. https://t.co/iwHTJKQtEC

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Aug 14, 2020

RheumNow Podcast - The SARS-CoV-2 Update (8-14-20)

Aug 14, 2020

Dr. Jack Cush updates the news and journal articles from the past week on RheumNow.com, with information on enthesitis, nr-Ax-SpA, UAB, Blockbuster Rheum Drugs and use of ACE inhibitors.

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Rheumatic Diseases, Drugs and COVID-19 Guidelines

Aug 13, 2020

Several recent publications have focused on the risk and outcomes of rheumatic disease (RDD) and autoimmune patients who become infected with SARs-CoV-2.

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RheumNow Podcast - Why we Love Rheumatology Fellows (8.7.20) Watch it here>> https://t.co/ftrycqoWRR or Listen to the podcast on iTunes or on SoundCloud>> https://t.co/gi5hO0HaIl

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Aug 09, 2020

RheumNow Podcast – Why Do We Love Rheumatology Fellows? (8.7.20)

Aug 06, 2020

Dr. Jack Cush reviews why we all love our rheumatology fellows and our best advice for them stemming from these articles.

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Analysis of PPI use from the Nurses Health Study shows regular PPI use was associated with increased risk of RA in women, higher with a longer duration of PPI use.

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Aug 05, 2020
Virtual Video Joint Exam Pearl #5: The worst/most ineffective Virtual visits done with the Patient (or MD) driving in their CAR for the virtual visit!! Amazingly I have had a half dozen of these & requested the patient pull over so I could deliver a rheum Citation.

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Aug 04, 2020
Virtual Video Joint Exam Pearl #5: Its easier to see gouty Tophi and rheumatoid nodules than nail changes of PsA or subtle rashes. For Rashes and oral lesions its BEST to have the patient take multiple pix with the cell phone and send them in by EMR or Email.

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Aug 04, 2020
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