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COVID Transmission from Young to Old

The CDC has analyzed temporal trends in percent positivity by age group in COVID-19 hotspot counties before and after their identification as hotspots.

Tofacitinib and Thromboembolic Risk

Mease and colleagues have reviewed the tofacitinib drug development and clinical trial data, finding the risk of venous (VTE) and arterial thromboembolism (ATE) to be low and augmented in patients with baseline cardiovascular abd VTE risk factors and those taking higher doses of tofacitinib (10 m

Thrombotic Risk in Rheumatoid Arthritis Linked to Disease Activity

A large RA cohort study from the Swedish Rheumatology Quality Register shows a higher risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA)  and that risk is linked to RA disease activity. 

Hydroxychloroquine Shows No Benefit in Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients

The NEJM reports on a controlled clinical trial showing patients hospitalized with Covid-19 given hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) do not have a lower incidence of death compared to those receiving routine care.

RheumNow Podcast – Bad Disease & Bad Outcomes (10.9.20)

Dr. Jack Cush Reviews the news and journal articles from the past week on

Biologics Beneficial in Eosinophilic Vasculitis

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Two biologic therapies showed promise in the treatment of refractory or relapsing eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA) in a retrospective European study.

Sustained Remission Off Therapy Unlikely in GPA

A French Vasculitis Study Group analysis of their granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) reveals that after 10 years, only 7% of GPA patients achieved sustained remission off therapy (SROT) and have never relapsed.

IL-1 Inhibition Alters Arthroplasty Rates

A subanalysis of the CANTOS trial suggests that inhibition of interleukin-1β (IL-1β) can reduce rates of incident hip or knee replacement (THR/TKR) surgeries.

Fractures from Delays in Denosumab Reinfusions

Denosumab is effective in osteoporosis when used on schedue, but research suggests that discontinuation leads to rapid reversal of effect; a new observational study has shown that delays in denosumab administration of more than 16 weeks results in an increased vertebral fracture risk, according t

Oral Dysbiosis May Antedate Rheumatoid Arthritis

A study of oral microbiome in anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) positive at-risk individuals without synovitis (CCP+at risk) shows dysbiotic subgingival microbiomes and increased abundance of P. gingivalis compared with controls.

Systemic Steroids Reduce Mortality in COVID-19

JAMA Internal Medicine reports an analysis of COVID-19 clinical trials showing that critically ill patients with COVID-19 treated with systemic corticosteroids have an overall lower mortality rate.

2020 Nobel Prize in Medicine Goes to the Discovery of Hepatitis C

The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice for the discovery of Hepatitis C virus. These three scientists made a decisive contribution to the fight against blood-borne hepatitis C, a major global health problem that causes cirrhosis and liver cancer in people around the world.