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U.S. Air Force - Basic Measures in Basic Training to Avoid COVID-19

Jun 02, 2020

In the current issue of MMWR, the CDC reports that among military personnel starting basic training, the use of nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPI) may significantly reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection. NPIs advocated include screening measures, testing, administrative measures, quarantine,

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First Look at COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance Registry

Jun 01, 2020

Gianfresco et al have published the first peer-reviewed analysis of COVID-19 infected, rheumatic disease patients entered into the Rheumatology Global Alliance registry; showing that a) rheumatic disease patient can be infected with COVID-19, b) that DMARD and biologic use has no apparent effect

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RheumNow Podcast - Rheumatic Patients with COVID (5.29.20)

May 29, 2020

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news and journal articles from the past week on RheumNow.com.

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UPI quotes Dr. Tony Fauci stating (about hydroxychloroquine) "The scientific data is really quite evident now about the lack of efficacy". Yesterday France and other countries have banned the use of HCQ to treat COVID. https://t.co/G0EuWMGTdW

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May 28, 2020
NEJM reports no difference between 5d and 10d course of Remdesivir in severe Covid-19 not requiring mechanical ventilation; but this trial did not include a placebo control https://t.co/mxAR2qQzPa

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May 28, 2020

TNR Grand Rounds - Cytokine Storm Syndromes

May 27, 2020

This week's Tuesday Nite Rheumatology featured Dr Randy Cron from the University of Alabama - Birmingham as he spoke and took questions on the immunology, immunopathogenesis and treatment of Cytokine Storm Syndrome, especially as they relate to COVID-19 and rheumatic disease patients. The

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Proud of this amazing collaboration with @zach_wallace_md: 52 rheumatic cases vs. 104 non-rheumatic comparators, all infected with COVID-19. Rheum cases had 3-fold risk of mechanical ventilation @BrighamResearch @MGHMedicine https://t.co/nBXe78i4JU

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May 27, 2020

Boston and Wuhan Report Rheum COVID Patients at Risk for Respiratory Failure

May 27, 2020

Two current reports from Boston and Wuhan describe cohorts of COVID-19 (+) rheumatic disease patients who generally do well but appear to have a higher risk of pulmonary involvement.

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Hydroxychloroquine Improves Survival in Lupus

May 26, 2020

Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) has dominated the news in recent weeks, because of poor outcomes reported when used in COVID patients. Yet, a recent report reaffirms what rheumatologists have known for years - that HCQ use is associated with better outcomes in systemic lupus erythematosus, including

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Low Risk of COVID-19 Pneumonia in Rheumatic Patients

May 25, 2020

A current letter in the Annals of Rheumatic Disease details the rheumatic disease patient cohort outcomes from the University of Siena, Italy showing only 2 cases of COVID-19 among 859 patients treated with tsDMARDs and bDMARDs.

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Case report in Annals Internal Med shows efficacy of tocilizumab in Cytokine Storm Syndrome; 51-yo renal transplant COVID+ pt developed multiorgan failure, cytopenias, CRP 262 mg/L, ferritin 52005 - failed MMF, DEX, tacrolimus- turned around w/ TCZ 8mg/kg https://t

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May 22, 2020

Again, Antimalarial Use Fails to Benefit COVID

May 22, 2020

Today Lancet reported the results of another retrospective trial showing that hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, alone or with a macrolide antibioitic, offered no additional benefits to COVID-19 patients, but was associated with higher rates of mortality and arrhythmia.



Analysis of a

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Governor Cuomo cites NY study showing front line workers have lower rates of COVID positivity - Suggests that WEARING PPE's Works! (NY population 20% vs 14% transit workers & 12% healthcare workers & 10.5% NYPD and 17% FDNY/EMTs) https://t.co/pfC9rKHKVz

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May 21, 2020

Outcomes of Critically-Ill COVID Patients in NYC

May 21, 2020

Lancet has reported COVID outcomes from NewYork-Presbyterian hospitals in NYC during March 2020 showing high rates of hospitalization, ICU admission, mechanical ventilation and death. 



A prospective observational cohort study 2 2 NYC hospitals from March 2 to April 1, 2020, looking at

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NEJM report shows that hospitalizations for acute MI are down ~-40% with the onset of the COVID Crisis (data from Kaiser N. California) - Will the shutdown/lockdown lead to other necessary services or hospital admissions? https://t.co/onpFhsDE9Z

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May 21, 2020
A patient service Video - How to Manage your Arthritis Medications (in the time of COVID) - View the video here: https://t.co/hWW0h8wCZn or listen to the podcast on iTunes or here>> https://t.co/8wV4V2pYY5
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May 21, 2020

TNR - COVID-Rheumatology Registry & COVID in OZ

May 19, 2020

This week's Tuesday Nite Rheumatology features presentations and interviews with Drs. Peter Nash and Philip Robinson. Dr. Robinson presents latest data on the Rheum-Covid.org Registry, that he helped establish under the Global Rheumatology Alliance. Dr. Nash presents the impact of COVID in

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High Dose Anakinra Effective in COVID-19

May 18, 2020

Anakinra was studied in 29 COVID(+) patients with respiratory distress and high inflammatory markers (CRP or ferritin) and compared to non-anakinra patients, those on anakinra had better survival (90% vs. 56% ;p=0·009) and greater improvements in CRP and pulmonary function (72% vs 50%) compared

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The Nine Lives of Hydroxychloroquine (Updated)

May 18, 2020

Hydroxychloroquine is one of many medications frequently used in rheumatology practice. Its remarkable versatility is attested by its routine use in lupus, in patients with an autoimmune coagulopathy, in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, as well as in those with a low-level inflammatory

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RheumNow Podcast - COVID Kids and Men (5.15.20)

May 15, 2020

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news and journal articles from the past week on RheumNow.com.

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CDC on Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome

May 14, 2020

The latest hazardous spinoff to the coronavirus infection is an inflammatory, Kawasaki-like syndrome unique to children or adolescents with COVID-19. Sporadic reports from around the globe of this severe pediatric COVID syndrome have littered the news with brief mentions and little detail.

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BCG & COVID: 1) Israeli study shows BCG vaccination during childhood had no protective effect on getting COVID-19 infection later. 2) Bladder cancer pts on BCG therapy who get COVID infection, can safely take IL-6 or IL-1 inhibitors, Just not TNF inhib.

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May 14, 2020

Kids' COVID-Linked Ailment Is Not Your Typical Kawasaki Disease

May 14, 2020

As data continue to emerge about a multi-system inflammatory disorder in children apparently connected to COVID-19, evidence is growing that this is not your typical Kawasaki disease.



In New York, up to 102 children have reportedly developed this inflammatory syndrome, and three

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Plaquenil Does Not Protect Lupus Patients from COVID-19

May 14, 2020

Annals of Rheumatic Disease reports on an analysis of lupus (SLE) patients that shows COVID-19 infection rates were similar between those lupus patients who were taking hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and those not taking HCQ. 

Data from the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance

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New axioms in the time of #COVID-19 1. Always assume every patient may have COVID-19 2. Always assume your Zoom camera is on. 3. Always assume your microphone is live. 4. Always assume something will be fundamentaly different next week. @medicalaxioms #covid4MDs

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May 13, 2020
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