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False positive COVID tests (+Rapid Ag; neg PCR) are rare, 1.7% of 11,297 tests; Persistent false positives seen in 13/191 and usually in women, with autoimmune dz (6/13; RA, SLE etc) & using the Quidel QuickVue rapid antigen test https://t.co/Pqkk7uBVcO https://t.co/m6ylQz00Ih
Dr. John Cush @RheumNow( View Tweet )
Feb 22, 2024
Best Treatments for COVID-Related MIS-C https://t.co/6Ntdug1eam https://t.co/x6de0DQTZ9
Dr. John Cush @RheumNow( View Tweet )
Jan 25, 2024

Best Treatments for COVID-Related MIS-C

Jan 24, 2024

The RECOVERY trial focused on pediatric MIS-C patients treated with immunomodulators and anti-cytokine therapy demonstrated the benefits of first-line therapy with intravenous methylprednisolone or second-line tocilizumab in children refractory to initial treatment. Neither IV immunoglobulin

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Hydroxychloroquine for COVID may have caused 16,990 deaths. Systematic review of 44 cohort studies showed HCQ use in COVID was associated with 11% increase in mortality in 6 countries (US 12,739, Spain 1,895, Italy 1,822, Belgium 240, France 199,Turkey 95 https://t.co/vmhvSx4XLO https://t.co/KRxqiiSFC3
Dr. John Cush @RheumNow( View Tweet )
Jan 08, 2024

Is MTX Safe in the Elderly? (12.1.2023)

Dec 01, 2023

Dr. Jack Cush reviews this past week's news and journal reports from RheumNow.com. Good news is that nearly 99% of adult rheumatology positions matched! But the challenge is that 45% of pediatric fellowship programs and 39% of pediatric rheum slots were unfilled in the 2024 NRMP match.

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🔥 HOT OFF THE PRESS for #ACR23 Effectiveness of a fourth dose of #COVID19 mRNA #vaccine in patients with systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases using DMARDs: an emulated target trial https://t.co/bvc75BP4aG @zach_wallace_md @jeffsparks https://t.co/CAlgjvUr9X
The Lancet Rheumatology @TheLancetRheum( View Tweet )
Nov 16, 2023
COVAD2 data: ⬆️proportion of SLE pts from lmHDI countries were on CS(73% vs 59% p=0.0002), antimalarials(81% vs 68% p=0.0002) & IS(66% vs 53%p=0.0009) vs pts from hvhHDI countries Comorbids more in younger pts from lmHDI (prob from CS use) #ACR23 ABST2269 @RheumNow @rheumarhyme https://t.co/4CLGFYG1d0
sheila ( View Tweet )
Nov 15, 2023
Kevin. Winthrop knocks it down on WHO is immunocompromised among rheumatic disease pts at Innovation Theater ⁦@CCalabreseDO⁩ #ACR23 ⁦@alhkim⁩ ⁦@AdamJBrownMD⁩ ⁦@ELittlejohnDO⁩ https://t.co/4hFtQgvaIf
Leonard Calabrese @LCalabreseDO( View Tweet )
Nov 14, 2023
Our collaborative study on nirmatrelvir-ritonavir (Paxlovid) virologic rebound is out in @AnnalsofIM @DrJLi @zach_wallace_md -Paxlovid: 21% with rebound vs. 2% in untreated (OR 10) https://t.co/RRDxerGdBy

Jeffrey Sparks MD MMSc @jeffsparks( View Tweet )

Nov 14, 2023
Is rituximab still a problem with COVID - esp if our patients have been vaccinated pre-ritux? Antibody titres better when not getting regular ritux around boosters Maybe boosters 9mo (or so) gap after ritux helps immunogenicity @TroldborgAnne et al #ACR23 ABST2511 @RheumNow https://t.co/dE0uC6B9hx
David Liew @drdavidliew( View Tweet )
Nov 14, 2023
A#2316 #ACR23 @RheumNow 91 SLE pts w COVID v 182 SLE wo COVID ifn 11 SLE/COVID: serious disease 1 death, 7 severe compl W/in 90d, 15% mild/mod SLE flare 2% severe SLE flare Flare rate 17.6% higher than no COVID ifn 5% p=0.001 High HV ifn (2% v 1%) dsDNA/C3 changes not signif diff https://t.co/dxGJNNWuFy
Eric Dein ( View Tweet )
Nov 14, 2023
Two-week interruption of MTX for IMIDs enhanced boost of antibody responses after COVID-19 vaccination, sustained at 12, 26 weeks. Consistent across ages, MTX doses, route, IMIDs, primary vaccination platform,COVID-19, Abhishek A Abst#1677 #ACR23 @RheumNow https://t.co/T0KdsGh6vg

Dr. Antoni Chan ( View Tweet )

Nov 13, 2023
VROOM 🏎️ study 2 wks interruption of MTX just after COVID vaccine: -Increase S1-RBD Ab response for 26 wks -Improves Neutralizing Ab titres (Wuhan Hu-1) -Leads to more flares wks 4 & 12 Greater effect when MTX dose>15mg @RheumNow #ACR23 ABST1677 https://t.co/SJmaRHtbRH
Aurelie Najm ( View Tweet )
Nov 13, 2023
Abishek et al. 2 week break from MTX enhances response to COVID-19 vaccination, mirroring what we saw for flu. Trade off is short term worsening of disease activity. Abstr#1677 #ACR23 @RheumNow https://t.co/gguRWER81x https://t.co/1hncvDTahH
Richard Conway ( View Tweet )
Nov 13, 2023
@Dr_K presenting long COVID data from FORWARD RA. These pts had some symtoms before COVID!- More comorbidites, depression patient reported scores, fibromyalgia but no different DMRD use. PHQ8 and wodepread paid were the most important PROMs @RheumNow #ACR23 https://t.co/JaWc4oDnaI
Bella Mehta @bella_mehta( View Tweet )
Nov 13, 2023
Michaud et al. RA patients with long COVID had more fibromyalgia pre-COVID (41% vs 13%), higher rates of pain, depression, and worse PROs pre-COVID. Authors suggest long COVID may partially reflect pre-existing illness Abstr#1629 #ACR23 #ACRbest @RheumNow https://t.co/mrcGWrSD6c https://t.co/YiGCbvBDtn
Richard Conway ( View Tweet )
Nov 13, 2023
COVID boosters in RA patients: getting the job done (versus healthy controls, irrespective of non-withheld DMARDs excluding ritux) @UChicagoMed #ACR23 ABST0416 @RheumNow https://t.co/HVRjC4dauw
David Liew @drdavidliew( View Tweet )
Nov 12, 2023
Ph 3 360 pt RCT of sarilumab in #GCA was terminated early (COVID). 83 pts Rx'd, only 35%(29) completed. Sustained remission @wk 52: - SAR 200: 6/13 - SAR 150: 3/7 - PBO: 0/6 All had 26wk GC taper Sm sample size & COVID ruined RCT interpretation https://t.co/axOvJGpUti #PMR https://t.co/Xpabxn1IjZ
Dr. John Cush @RheumNow( View Tweet )
Oct 31, 2023

Sleep Apnea Smart Watches (10.13.2023)

Oct 13, 2023

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news, journal reports and regulatory approvals from this past week on RheumNow.com.




  1. Full Read review of #PMR in Lancet: - Start @ 12·5–25mg prednisone qd - Remission in most but, relapses in 40–60% - Onset sudden; AM stiffness predominates;

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Comparison of 354 527 COVID-19 infected vs 6.1 mill controls shows COVID incr risk of alopecia areata (aHR 1.12), alopecia totalis (aHR 1.74), ANCA vasculitis (aHR 2.76), Crohns (aHR), & sarcoidosis (aHR). https://t.co/enwb2taza4 https://t.co/ljY7uMPIrm
Dr. John Cush @RheumNow( View Tweet )
Oct 09, 2023

RheumNow Podcast – with Special Guest Dr. Peter Nash (9.15.2023)

Sep 15, 2023

This week, Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news with special guest, Dr. Peter Nash. They discuss COVID Autoantibodies, SpA life expectancy, HCQ, extraarticular RA and our approach to Early RA referrals and pre-clinical RA.

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Pizza and Rheumatoid Arthritis (8.11.2023)

Aug 11, 2023

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news and journal reports from the wonderful wide world of Rheumatology. This week:




  1. Swedish study of 325 #AAV pts saw CVA in 35 pts (8%); CVA incidence=11.3/1000 PYs - this was higher than gen population [SIR 1.85). AAV CVA risk factors included age

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Patient Perspectives on Telemedicine Use During the Pandemic

Aug 08, 2023

Research from the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance included surveys and data gathering from rheumatology patients. During the pandemic era there was rapid adoption of telemedicine by rheumatologists; and a recent study of patient perspectives shows that most found telemedicine to be at

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While COVID rates are near historic lows & far less dangerous, hospitalizations are up 10.3%, ER visits up 7%, pos. tests rose to 6.3% from 5.8% in the last week https://t.co/TFAt4p24au

Dr. John Cush @RheumNow( View Tweet )

Jul 28, 2023

Hold the Methotrexate for One Week

Jul 18, 2023

In 2018, Park et al showed optimal responses to influenza vaccination in RA patients was best achieved by holding methotrexate for 2 weeks following immunization, with improved humoral responses. Now, a followup trial suggests that equivalent results are had by holding MTX for only 1 week with

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