Friday, 20 Jul 2018

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The RheumNow Week in Review – Methotrexate CIRT Study (5.25.18)

Dr. Jack Cush reviews this past week's news from RheumNow.com - the risk of Cutaneous and Systemic LE, increasing flu vaccination, higher risk of VTE, MPO predictions, new drug for GIOP and CIRT - MTX in cardiovascular risk patients.

Measures of Opioid Misuse Predict Future Opioid Overdose and Death

The current issue of Annals of Internal Medicine examines patterns of potential opioid misuse that are associated with subsequent adverse outcomes nationally.

Researchers analyzed a 5% sample of Medicare beneficiaries who had an opioid prescription, without a cancer diagnosis.  Specifically the sought to correlate a diagnosis of opioid overdose with other measures of opioid misuse including:

MPO Antibodies Predict Relapses in MPO-ANCA-Associated Vasculitis

A study of MPO-ANCA positive patients followed serially over 2 years shows that reappearance of MPO‐ANCA may predict  relapse in patients with MPO‐ANCA positive AAV and that routine MPO‐ANCA monitoring is warranted. 

This study aimed to establish a potential link between myeloperoxidase (MPO)‐antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA) and relapse in those with ANCA‐associated vasculitis (AAV). 

FDA Approves Denosumab for Glucocorticoid-Induced Osteoporosis

Amgen announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of Prolia® (denosumab) for the treatment of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis (GIOP) in men and women at high risk of fracture, defined as a history of osteoporotic fracture, multiple risk factors for fracture, or patients who have failed or are intolerant to other available osteoporosis therapy.

ACR Leaders Lobby Capitol Hill for Help on Rising Costs and Access Barriers in Arthritis Care

Rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals convened on Capitol Hill this week to urge legislative action on pressing policy issues affecting rheumatology care during the American College of Rheumatology’s Advocacy Leadership Conference, held May 16 -17, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

Autoinflammatory Syndromes Show Dramatic Response to Canakinumab

The New England Journal of Medicine reports that the anti-interleukin (IL)-1β monoclonal antibody canakinumab (Ilaris) was effective in the treatment of three distinct autoinflammatory recurrent fever syndromes (FMF, TRAPS, HIDS) with responses that were far superior to what was seen with placebo on almost every outcome measure, a randomized study found.

The RheumNow Week in Review – Modifiable Behavior (5.18.18)

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news and journal articles from the past week on RheumNow.com.  He discusses opioids, new approval for polyarticular JIA, running and osteoarthritis, and modifiable behaviors that influence outcomes. 

Treat-to-Target a Bust with Rheumatologists

Treat-to-target strategy is widely advocated as an important means of optimizing treatment responses in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Even though T2T is encouraged by most guidelines, a current report shows that US Rheumatologists fail to implement T2T in their daily practice.

Trends in Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment 2004-2015

Lee and colleagues from Brigham and Women's Hospital have analyzed the last decade of disease‐modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) use in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and found nearly 40% were treated with a bDMARD, along with a decreasing trend in complete DMARD discontinuations.

The Hazardous Highs and Lows of Uric Acid

Both high and low levels of uric acid were linked with increased risks of death, showing a U-shaped association between serum uric acid levels and all-cause, cardiovascular, and cancer mortality, Korean researchers reported.

Opioid Marketing & Meals Tied to Opioid Prescribing

A current study in JAMA Internal Medicine showed that while US physicians who received no opioid-related marketing payments had fewer opioid prescriptions in 2015 compared with 2014, those receiving such payments wrote for more opioid in 2015.

Epigenetic Link in Rheumatoid Arthritis to Huntington's Disease

Researchers at University of California San Diego School and the Icahn School of Medicine have found a high-resolution epigenomic landscape of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) that overlaps with that seen in Huntington's disease, suggesting potentially new unanticipated pathways that could be developed into therapeutic targets.