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RheumNow Week in Review - 29 July 2016

Dr Jack Cush reviews this week's highlights from RheumNow.com.

  1. RA: risk of serious infection rises with Interstitial lung dz; 2 fold higher in 1st yr; higher with BOOP & steroids >10mg/day. https://t.co/axzUZhrtHD
  2. FDA warns against using fluoroquinolones (to Rx UTI, bronchitis etc) if other safer Rx options exist. https://t.co/UA0uNmcW3O
  3. Quercetin shown to signif. reduce Uric acid, it inhibits xanthine oxidoreductase in vitro. Not studied in gout. https://t.co/0Fq95UK3PS
  4. CHMP has recommended abatacept for 1st line use (before MTX) in moderate to severe RA. EMA to consider approval https://t.co/kXyD1cXKbO
  5. Anakinra not effective if added to MTX in early RA: CARDERA2 study of 154pts Rx x2yrs. No xray benefit, less DAS/HAQ https://t.co/owvwPhhtss
  6. UK audit of 5000 RA shows only 20% referred from GP to Rheum in 3days (NICE target). Wait time to see Rheum 23-34d https://t.co/5jwIa90EL6
  7. FDA Panel Recommends Brodalumab Approval in Psoriasis
  8. Pravastatin Improves Obstetric Outcomes in Anti-Phospholipid Syndrome Patients. 
  9. Long-Term Safety of Adalimumab Reviewed
  10. MACRA for the Overwhelmed Rheumatologist
  11. The Purse Exam: a Forgotten Part of the Physical. 
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The author has no conflicts of interest to disclose related to this subject

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