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Check out my Virtual Video Exam - 5 minutes of a combo of Simon Sez and the Macarena hits the high points of a functional virtual examination.

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Aug 14, 2020

RheumNow Podcast - The SARS-CoV-2 Update (8-14-20)

Aug 14, 2020

Dr. Jack Cush updates the news and journal articles from the past week on, with information on enthesitis, nr-Ax-SpA, UAB, Blockbuster Rheum Drugs and use of ACE inhibitors.

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Study of 181 elderly pts with knee osteoarthritis: Kellgren-Lawrence scores were not associated w/ depression, cognitive loss, QOL, but higher KL 2-4 were assoc w/ the worst WOMAC scores and risk of falls.

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Aug 14, 2020
Correlation study of MRI and OA features finds meniscal extrusion, full thickness cartilage loss and osteophytes were associated with clinical knee pain.

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Aug 10, 2020

RheumNow Podcast – Why Do We Love Rheumatology Fellows? (8.7.20)

Aug 06, 2020

Dr. Jack Cush reviews why we all love our rheumatology fellows and our best advice for them stemming from these articles.

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Wearable Technology to Measure Arthritis Outcomes

Aug 04, 2020

In this lockdown, virtual medicine, post-COVID world, wouldn't it be ideal to have an reliable digital readout on patient activity as a measure of health? A multicenter study from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Alabama at Birminghams have completed a novel

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Analysis of administrative health data (1984‐2016) on 12984 #RA pts shows RA w/ psychiatric comorbidities (depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia) had more additive visits (10.9), hospitalizations, hospital days (3.6), more drugs (7.3) & FP visits https://t

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Jul 29, 2020

PRIME Cells Predicting Rheumatoid Arthritis Flares

Jul 16, 2020

The current issue of NEJM reports a novel cell type that may be used to identify rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients who may flare. 

Investigators prospectively collected blood samples from 4 patients for longitudinal RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) for discovery of moleculartranscripts that were

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Canadian 1484 incident early #RA pts (enrolled 2007–2017). SC MTX monotherapy had fewer Rx changes(45% SC vs 79% PO)with longer treatment duration. Similarly taking biologics or triple therapy had a longer time without treatment change.

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Jul 15, 2020
Best advice by Dr. R Landewe @EULAR2020 "Do NOT lose contact with your patients during the pandemic!" Many patients are fearful and will not reach out to their physicians; don't let them get lost in the shuffle. @rheumnow
Jun 05, 2020

Systemic Sclerosis Future Therapies and Outcome Measures

May 19, 2020

Nagaraja, Khanna and colleagues have published an overview of current and future therapies in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) and have reviewed the potential outcome measures for this difficult autoimmune disorder. Notably there have been several novel agents studied in recent years,

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Interview w/ Private Practice Rheums on Covid - Drs. Herb Baraf and Danny Ricciardi. DC & Brooklyn Docs wrangle technology, Telehealth, Return to normal, the future and more.

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May 13, 2020

Secukinumab Better than Adalimumab - Maybe?

May 11, 2020

The EXCEED study was a head-to-head trial of secukinumab (SEC) versus adalimumab (ADA) as first-line monotherapy in psoriatic arthritis (PsA) patients; this 52 week trial showed that while SEC failed to achieve clinical superiority over ADA, SEC treated patients demonstrated higher

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Physical Activity Prevents Hospitalization

May 06, 2020

Modifiable lifestyle choices can impact long term health.  A recent study shows that usual and increased physical activity can results in less hospitalization amongst the the general population.

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ACR: In-Person Urgent vs. Virtual Non-Urgent Medical Care

May 05, 2020

On April 26, 2020 the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) published a guidance paper to assist rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals in assessing the need for urgent or face-to-face medical care versus virtual or telehealth patient care.  The driving principals being the

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Biologic Dose Cuts Feasible in RA

May 04, 2020

Many patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who achieved remission or low disease activity on biologic treatment were able to reduce the dose of their biologic, particularly if they were also on methotrexate, a retrospective study found.

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Rheum Views on the Upside and Downside of COVID-19

Apr 29, 2020

The world has been turned upside down in the last 6 weeks. Medicine and rheumatology have certainly changed – a frightening experience for Chicken Little, a disaster for the pessimist, a challenge for the pragmatist and an opportunity for the optimists amongst us. Last week I asked our audience

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TNR Grand Rounds - Moving Forward with Telemedicine

Apr 22, 2020

Dr. Alvin Wells gives a primer on Telerheumatology and Telemedicine in the era of COVID-19. This 1 hour Grand Rounds Presentation includes a 30 minute lecture, followed by stimulating 30 minutes of Q&A with a rheumatology attendee audience.

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Tuesday Nite Rheumatology Grand Rounds - Febrile Disorders

Apr 17, 2020

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the appproach to evaluating fever in adults suspected of having a rheumatic disease, Stills disease or autoinflammatory conditions. Presentations, fever duration, disease criteria and genetic testing are discussed.

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COVID-19 Systemic Involvement

Apr 15, 2020

The presentations of the COVID-19 infection have been clearly chronicled with the worrisome onset of sore throat, dry cough, loss of smell and taste with fevers, myalgias, fatigue and the worrisome progression of pulmonary involvement in a minority.  Lab findings may include a leukocytosis,

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ACR COVID-19 Guidance for Rheumatic Disease Patients

Apr 14, 2020

On April 11th, the ACR Board of Directors approved a COVID-19 guidance document written by an ACR task force charged with updating and clarifying recommendations for rheumatologists and rheumatic disease patient management during the current COVID-19 crisis.

This ACR release, in its

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Post 9/11 Autoimmune Disease Risk

Apr 14, 2020

The 9/11/01 terrorist attach on the World Trade Center (WTC)  resulted in at least 2,977 fatalities, over 25,000 injuries, and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage.  Arthritis & Rheumatology reports that dust cloud exposure among responders and PTSD

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TNR - Grand Rounds: Safety of Biologics & New Agents

Apr 08, 2020

On Tuesday, April 7th, RheumNow hosted its first Tuesday Nite Rheumatology webinar - kicking off a two-month series of Rheumatology Grand Rounds lectures.  The first session featured Jack Cush, MD (UT Southwestern) who lectured on "The Safety of Biologics and Newer Agents".

This 30

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NICE Guidelines on Managing Rheumatologic Conditions During COVID-19 Pandemic

Apr 07, 2020

On April 3rd, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK, published a rapid guideline for managing children and adults with rheumatological autoimmune, inflammatory and metabolic bone disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic, while protecting staff from infection.

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TeleRheumatology - a TED Talk by Alvin Wells, MD

Mar 30, 2020

RheumNow Live 2020 featured a series of shorter STEP (TED-like) talks. This one features Dr. Alvin Wells discussing the opportunities and new paradigms encumbent with telemedicine in rheumatology.

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