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ICYMI: Top 5 Clinical Pearls in RA Management

RheumNow Live 2024 provided a wealth of clinical insights, particularly in the realm of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) management. Here are the top five clinical pearls from the event's opening session, "Success in Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Serious Infections in Takayasu arteritis

The large vessel vasculitis, Takayasu arteritis (TAK), carries a significant morbid risk and a cohort analysis shows these patients are also at high risk of serious infection with resultant higher risk of death.

Mortality in Psoriatic Arthritis

The Annals of Rheumatic Disease reports that mortality risk in psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is about 10% higher than in the general population, primarily from excess comorbidity and with increased risks in women, with longer disease durations.

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Increase Lupus Risk

A case-controlled study shows environmental exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) may increase the risk of developing systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). 

CBD Products Disappointing for Pain


There is no evidence that CBD products reduce chronic pain, and taking them is a waste of money and potentially harmful to health, according to new research led by the University of Bath in the UK.

ICYMI: Eating for Rheumatoid Arthritis

The majority of practicing rheumatologists at RheumNow Live were unaware of the new ACR guidelines issued in 2022 regarding dietary and lifestyle recommendations for patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Dr. Monica Guma reviewed these guidelines during her lecture on the impact of diet on disease activity and therapeutic response.  

13 Risk Factors for RA-associated Interstitial Lung Disease

Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is the most widespread and fatal pulmonary complication of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A recent metanalysis shows the pooled prevalence of RA-ILD was approximately 18.7%. 

Epigenetics and Autoimmune Skin Disease


The central dogma proposed that genetic information predominantly transfers from DNA to RNA during gene expression to make a functional product protein. This absolute theory has been debunked because of the influence of the environment on how genes are transcribed.

Activity & Pain Tolerance (3.29.2024)

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news and journal reports from the past week on, including where you should sit in clinic and why you should worry about secondary Sjogren's in RA.

7 Updates on Prosthetic Joint Infections

These are excerpts and takeaway summaries from several literature reports addressing the diagnosis and outcomes of prosthetic joint infections (PJI).

Systemic Score Predicts Still's Disease Severe Complications

A multinational study of adults with Still's disease  found that calculating their systemic score at baseline significantly predicted the patients risk for life-threatening outcomes (MAS or death).

Higher Rates of Childlessness in Rheumatic Diseases

A large Finnish population study shows that several rheumatic diseases may impair reproduction and pregnancy outcomes, with significantly higher rates of childlessness or fewer children overall for women.