Tuesday, 25 Sep 2018

News

RheumNow Week in Review – Gout and Hearing Loss, Huh? (9.14.18)

Dr. Jack Cush's weekly review of the news on RheumNow.com.

Lower Income Elderly are More Likely to Use Opioids

The Journal of Gerontology reports that the poorest of the elderly are the most likely to receive prescription opioids.

Depression Increases Risk of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Twenty-year data from the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) suggests that depression is associated with a 2-fold increased frequency of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) - the question is why?

BMS Tyk 2 Inhibitor Benefits Psoriasis

The NEJM reports that an oral selecive Tyrosine kinase 2 (TYK2) inhibitor of TYK2 was shown to be superior to placebo in a 12 week trial in patients with active psoriasis.

Mediterranean Diet Reduces Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis

High adherence to a Mediterranean diet appears to be associated with a lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), especially in men and those who are seropositive, according to a study published in Arthritis Research & Therapy.

Out of Pocket Costs for Biosimilars - No Savings So Far

JAMA has published an analysis showing that under Medicare Part D, RA biosimilar infliximab-dyyb was only moderately less expensive (18% less) than the biologic infliximab and, owing to differences in gap discounts, the out of pocket costs for the biosimilar was nearly $1700 more than infliximab in 2017.

Cutting Oral JAK 1/2 Inhibitor Dose an Option in RA

Many patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who achieved sustained disease control with baricitinib (Olumiant) treatment were able to reduce their daily dose from 4 mg to 2 mg and maintain their response, a double-blind substudy of a long-term extension trial found.

Physician Burnout May Jeopardize Patient Safety

A metanalysis of studies and over 42,000 physician shows that MD burnout is associated with 2-fold increased in unsafe care, unprofessional behaviors, and low patient satisfaction. The primary outcomes were the quantitative associations between burnout and patient safety, professionalism, and patient satisfaction.

Interferon Blocker Disappoints in SLE

Yet another setback has occurred in the efforts to develop new medications for treating systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), as anifrolumab failed to meet the primary endpoint in a phase III trial, according to AstraZeneca and MedImmune. 

RheumNow Week in Review – Medical School Advice (9.7.18)

Dr. Jack Cush reviews news and journal articles from the past week on RheumNow.com.

Osteoarthritis and the Risk of Mortality

Osteoarthritis (OA) affects 27 million Americans but its affect on mortality is uncertain. A recent study shows that while self-reported OA does not increase mortality, radiographic OA of the knee (RKOA) is associated with higher mortality related to CVD, diabetes and renal disease.

ACR Releases State-by-State Rheumatic Disease Report Card

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) today released the Rheumatic Disease Report Card: Raising the Grade on Rheumatology Care in America, a first-of-its-kind report that evaluates just how difficult it can be to live well with a rheumatic disease in the United States.