Wednesday, 11 Dec 2019


Link Between Obstructive Lung Disease and Developing RA?

We all know that the microbiome in the gut may be very important for multiple immune diseases. However, new findings from the ACR, 2019 in Atlanta reinforce how important the interface is between the lungs and developing rheumatoid arthritis.

Steroids Use in Lupus Linked to Damage Accural

A report from Lancet Rheumatology shows that glucocorticoid use contributes to damage accrual in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) independent of disease activity.

The authors undertook this study to evaluate the effects of steroid use in SLE, as it often confounds analyses of activity and damage.

FDA Warns 15 CBD Manufacturers

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to 15 companies for illegally selling products containing cannabidiol (CBD) in ways that violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).  This warning affirms that the FDA has not determined the many preparations of cannabidiol to be safe or effective.

RheumNow Podcast - Monitoring Methotrexate Safety (12-6-19)

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

Biologic Safety Guidelines from the British Society for Rheumatology

In the United Kingdom, NICE has looked to the British Society of Rheumatology (BSR) to develop evidence based guidance on the safe use of biologic DMARDs in patients with inflammatory arthritis. This guidance document on biologic safety covers baseline screening, monitoring, effect of co-morbidities, and when or under what circumstances biologic therapy should be interrupted.

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Dr. Stanley Cohen presents safety data from both the short-term controlled and long-term portions of the SELECT Phase 3 Program with RINVOQ™.
We live in an era where you need evidence in order to believe, but life’s experiences should not be discounted even if we do not have the statistics to support them…yet. In Part 2 of my annual meeting Pearls Trilogy, I present ten tips and observations shared by Dr. Sterling West from his session, "Rheumatology Top Secrets & Pearls".
I had the pleasure of attending the CSRO legislative update while at #ACR19 and wanted to shed some light on one hot topic, the E/M coding from CMS and the 2021 update.
Our experts say you should: Plan the night before, use the ACR meeting App, work in groups, be involved in social media and, have fun! What's your advice on how to best attend the ACR meeting?
At the 2019 meeting, almost 500 presentations discussed new randomized controlled trials. We are lucky to have so much research activity in our field, but applying an RCT to your daily practice can be challenging. Here are three tips to supercharge your critical appraisal!
Giving Better Presentations: Dr. Jack Cush
Dr. Jack Cush discusses his key takeaways from a session on giving better presentations at the 2019 ACR/ARP annual meeting in Atlanta.


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