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2022 Rheumatology Year in Review (1-6-2023)

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the best of 2022 in Rheumatology - highlights on new drug indications, breakthrough lupus therapies, new biosimilars and the multivitamin letdown.

Best of 2022: Freeze Tag

Editor's note: this blog originally published on January 22, 2022, and is being shared again as a Best of 2022. Enjoy!

COVID-19 Vaccine Responses in Rheumatic Disease Patients

Nature Reviews Rheumatology features a review of three notable papers that address the impact of SARS-CoV-2 vaccination on people with inflammatory rheumatic disease. 

Vaccine Efficacy in Patients with Seronegative Spondyloarthritis

Vaccine efficacy remains an important and highly discussed topic at this year’s annual meeting given the ongoing COVID-19 global health crisis, current influenza season, and recently published 2022 ACR guidelines for vaccinations in patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases.

Does Evusheld shield people living with rheumatic diseases?

Fast forward nearly 3 years since the first case of COVID-19 was reported, and I am amazed of the speed of response on how to keep our patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease (RMD) safe from this infection.

Long COVID and Rheumatic Disease

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact worldwide particularly among those who are immunocompromised. Numerous studies have highlighted the increased risk of acute SARS-CoV-2 infection among patients with rheumatic diseases (RD).

Creaky Joints Presentations at ACR Convergence 2022

The patient advocacy organization CreakyJoints will present 13 scientific posters at this year's ACR Convergence 2022 and 8 posters as part of the patient perspectives track. Below is a sampling of these scientific posters. 

Women with Rheumatic Disease (11.4.2022)

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news and journal articles from this past week on RheumNow.com.  New regulatory decisions about JAK inhibitors and why do women with rheumatic diseases have unfair outcomes?

Undiagnosed RA During the Pandemic

EurekAlert!

The number of new diagnoses of rheumatoid arthritis fell by 20% in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, new research suggests.

Infections & Lupus (10.28.2022)

Dr. Jack Cush discusses the news and journal reports from the past week on RheumNow. This week more lupus nephritis, more drug induced lupus and more lupus infections that may kill. 

ACR Award Winners (10.21.2022)

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news and journal reports from the past week on RheumNow.com. Highlighted discussion of implantable stimulators, urine proteomics and gut-immune responses to Prevotella in RA.

Vaccination Cut Long COVID Risk for Rheum Patients

MedPage Today

Patients with rheumatologic conditions who developed breakthrough COVID-19 infection after vaccination were less likely to suffer long-term symptoms than unvaccinated but otherwise similar patients, researchers said.

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CDC: Nursing home residents not up to date w/COVID-19 vaccines have 30%–50% higher risk for COVID infx vs those up to date. Betw 2022-23 Those vax had COVID rate of 7.2-15.6/1000pts vs 9.5-18.8/1000 pt in those unvaccinated. https://t.co/Eem2H5AMoN https://t.co/o2ZyPVswZp
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5 days 14 hours ago
UK Database 1,955 breakthrough COVID-19 infxs in 54,576 #gout pts compared to 52,468 w/o gout saw more in gout (adj HR 1.24), also w/ more #COVID hospitalizations (adj HR 1.30) & death (1.36), more so in women. Same for unvaccinated https://t.co/596KvupZxi https://t.co/BJJguQBdin
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3 weeks 1 day ago
Autoimmune Dz may be assoc w/ new-onset Atrial Fibrillation, esp in women. Population-based UK Biobank found significant increases for AFib in Rheumatic fever w/o CVD (HR 1.47), Crohn’ (1.23), UC(1.17), RA (1.39), PAN (1.82), SLE (1.82), PSS (2.32) https://t.co/rpIiztUfg9 https://t.co/FWmLiZ6x1S
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3 weeks 1 day ago
Should Kids w/ MIS-C get the COVID vaccine? Yes - study of 385 pt > 5 yrs w/ Hx of multisystem inflammatory syndrome showed no serious adverse events after COVID-19 vaccination. The safety profile of COVID-19 vax is same as gen population https://t.co/dr2QBQsMhE? https://t.co/WbsUuYEsez
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3 weeks 5 days ago
On Wednesday 12/21 the FDA approved tocilizumab (Actemra; 8 mg/kg, 60-min IV infusion ) for hospitalized COVID-19 on steroids, supplemental O2 & req ventilation, or ECMO; 1st MAb approved for COVID-19; Prev EUA issued in June 2021 https://t.co/BswLu4ZY5O https://t.co/7gpPkeoPZ4
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1 month 1 week ago
COVID-19 Vaccine Responses in Rheumatic Disease Patients Nature Reviews Rheumatology features a review of three notable papers that address the impact of SARS-CoV-2 vaccination on people with inflammatory rheumatic disease. https://t.co/R9UM3amPRR. https://t.co/WmHyVKdsxw
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1 month 1 week ago
During 2021–22 FLU season, 6% of hosp pedi-influenza pts had SARS-CoV-2 coinfection; these required more respiratory support. Risk of influenza death augmented by not recv vaccination (flu or covid), no antiviral Rx, comorbidities & coinfx w/COVID https://t.co/bfjeClHflW https://t.co/YTOEnNSQQN
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1 month 2 weeks ago
Recent CDC/MMWR report shows Paxlovid x 5days (including those w/ prior COVID or vaccination), had a 51% lower hospitalization rate within 30 days after diagnosis than those not prescribed Paxlovid. Use it irrespective of vaccination status https://t.co/CBc1VBSDFR https://t.co/EC8QGaFrb3
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1 month 4 weeks ago
TIME Mag - "Why Masks Still Matter". 1) COVID is still out there; 2) Influenza on the rise. Authors write "With limited yet mixed data, we would be wise to ...err on the side of masking in high risk, indoor crowded public settings..." https://t.co/l8jiTwAdZz https://t.co/0QUKJDOhjs
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2 months ago
Does Evusheld shield people living with rheumatic diseases? Dr. Yuz Yusof ( @Yuz6Yusof) discusses three key abstracts from #ACR22 on Evusheld findings.https://t.co/wYl6Wpd5Fs https://t.co/7T7u4czNOX
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2 months ago
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