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The RheumNow Week in Review – 30 June 2017

Dr. Jack Cush reviews highlights from the past week on RheumNow.com:

  1. Elevated ACE level is not diagnostice of Sarcoid - may be seen in primary hyperPTH, cancer, lymphoma, HBV, Crohns, https://t.co/s6VCMyrDOf
  2. Study of 200 RA pts shows more carotid plaque in RA (47% vs 36% controls); Carotid plaque signif correlated w/ ACPA+ https://t.co/KyRwvMULvl
  3. Study of national ER stats shows since 2006, ER visits for shingles decreased 40% since Zoster vaccine introducton https://t.co/jiWV81Ud80
  4. 12 weeks yoga found to be noninferior to Physical therapy in managing chronic low back pain. https://t.co/PY5Tic1yMr
  5. Whole genome sequencing in 100 healthy people - 20% new molecular findings, but uncertain signif as few get disease https://t.co/aJOAJvRV36
  6. Sarcoidosis is not associated w/ increased fracture risk, but use of steroids in Sarcoid is- OR 1.74; CI 1.17-2.58) https://t.co/znHWC11Ouj
  7. Americans Sleep ~Avg 6.5hrs/nite (Europeans 7hrs); 1.5 hrs less than our grandparents. Incr risk of DM, obesity, CVD https://t.co/1akAeIbKdZ
  8. Metanalysis 35 trials show NSAIDs have +/- modest benefit in treating back pain, buta 2.5X incr risk of GI toxicity https://t.co/iq3sTVlKvM
  9. FDA approves subcut rapid acting Rituxan(AKA Rituxan Hycela) for cancer (lymphoma, CLL), not yet for RA, vasculitis https://t.co/GgOU1dw5R6)
  10. Poor agreement in ANA testing. In 101 paired tests, agreement in 18-42%. 7Pts w/ ANA+ CTD & none paired tests agreed https://t.co/gTSOcEnXI4
  11. Potential Reasons Why Osteoarthritis Preferentially Affects Women
  12. Breastfeeding Rates Lower in Lupus
  13. IV Golimumab in Psoriatic Arthritis

 

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