Wednesday, 22 Jan 2020

News

Low Risk of Inflammatory Arthritis in Hidradenitis Suppurativa Patients

JAMA Dermatology reports that after the onset and diagnosis of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), such patients have a higher risk of certain forms inflammatory arthritis.

QD Clinic - Hepatitis B and Biologics

QD Clinic - Lessons from the clinic Active HBV infection (HGsAg+) on anti-viral therapy but needs a biologic - what should you use?

QD Clinic - "I Don't Know Why I'm Here" Consult

QD Clinic - Lessons from the clinic The Consult that shows up without a cause - and what to do?

Biosimilars for Rheum Disease: Failure to Launch

The availability of biologic biosimilars has thus far had negligible impact on prescribing practices in the United States, in stark contrast to what has been observed in some European countries, researchers reported.

QD Clinic - Dealing with Non-adherence

QD Clinic - Lessons from the clinic. Today’s clinic topic: Dealing with Non-Adherence in the Clinic.

Steroid-Sparing Effect of Tocilizumab in Refractory Takayasu Arteritis

A controlled clinical trial has shown that giving the IL-6 receptor antibody, tocilizumab (TCZ), to  patients with Takayasu arteritis (TAK) results in clinical efficacy and has a steroid sparing efffect.

CDC: 15% of US Adults are Physically Inactivie

All states and territories had more than 15% of adults who were physically inactive and this estimate ranged from 17.3 to 47.7%,  according to new state maps of adult physical inactivity prevalence released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

RheumNow Podcast- The Down Side of Steroids (1.17.20)

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the journal reports and news from RheumNow.com. Be sure to register for RheumNow Live 3/13/2020 in Fort Worth Rheumnow.live.

NSAID Safety Guidelines

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are widely used for acute or chronic arthritis, headache, visceral pain, postoperative pain, etc but come with a small but significant risk of serious adverse effects, including hypertension, cardiovascular disease, kidney injury and GI complications.

TULIP2 - Anifrolumab Succeeds in Lupus

NEJM has published the results of the TULIP2 trial with anifrolumab, an alpha interferon blocker, in the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus, showing significant improvement (over placebo) in multiple lupus outcome measures, including BICLA, SRI-4, CLASI and others.

Poor Sleep Increases Risk of Cognitive Decline

The Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry reports there is moderate evidence that six sleep disorders (insomnia, fragmentation, daytime dysfunction, prolonged latency, rapid eye movement sleep behaviour disorder and excessive time in bed) significantly increases the risk of cognitive disorders.

Metanalysis of 51 previously published reports looked at sleep issues and cognitive health over time.

Should We Screen Younger Postmenopausal Women for Osteoporosis?

Do postmenopausal women, under age 65 years, need a baseline BMD testing? A JAMA Insights review suggests that the absolute risk of fracture is low in this group and that USPSTF guidelines should be considered - that we should be screening women younger than 65 years who are at increased risk of osteoporosis and we should be using a formal risk assessment tool to identify candidates for bone density testing.