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RheumNow Podcast - Death and Surgery (2-22-19)

Feb 22, 2019 10:36 am

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news and journal reports from the past week on

  1. Swedish Population study shows a 2 fold higher mortality in patients with RA and MSK (SMR 2.2 & 1.5) patients with  12 years of education.
  2. A prospective clinical registry examined 1,520 deaths among 12,679 RA participants (80,502 PYs). Mortality was strongly associated with Obesity BMI >30 kg/m2; at age 30 HR: 2.00 (1.65,2.42) p
  3. Review of 541,744 total knee replacement (TKR) in Australia (1999-2017) finds lower revision rates in RA vs. OA, but increased risk of infection in RA (esp. males) 
  4. Finnish population study of 4180 JIA patients shows JIA mortality not increased (0.6%) vs Nl population. Mean age at death 20.3 yrs; Most common JIA cause was accidents, vs. suicide in controls. JIA pts had less substance abuse and depression     
  5. More than half (53%) of hospital deaths are from sepsis and sepsis is the most common immediate cause of death (35%) according to a medical record review from 6 academic centers 
  6. Lupus Microbiome May Drive Disease Activity
  7. Safety Warnings for Higher Dose Tofacitinib 
  8. Hip Replacements Lasting 25 Years   
  9. Impressive Survival of Interleukin-1 Inhibitors in Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis  


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