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Hong Kong study Myositis-specific autoantibodies in 201 pts with idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (IIM) shows MDA-5 (14%), TIFF-1γ (14%), Jo-(12.4%). MDA5 seen w/ DM, digital ulcers, amyopathy, ILD.

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Aug 07, 2020
Virtual Video Joint Exam Pearl #5: Its easier to see gouty Tophi and rheumatoid nodules than nail changes of PsA or subtle rashes. For Rashes and oral lesions its BEST to have the patient take multiple pix with the cell phone and send them in by EMR or Email.

Dr. John Cush RheumNow ( View Tweet)

Aug 04, 2020
Lenabasum (cannabinoid rcptr agonist) studied in Systemic Sclerosis - LEN (n=27) vs PBO (n=15).
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Jul 29, 2020
The RheumNow Podcast is up - COVID-19 Responds to Steroids & TCZ, statin myopathy, Lung Dz in AOSD, TNFi & Liver, IL-23 in Psoriasis.

Dr. John Cush RheumNow ( View Tweet)

Jul 24, 2020
Cross-sectional survey of 3200 PsA/Pso patients. 65% had both joint & skin involvement. Latter pts had worse QoL, work impairment, higher TJC (5.2) & SJC (4.8) (vs 2.0 & 1.5); more flares (35 vs. 23%, p < 0.001).

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Jul 24, 2020

Low Risk of COVID in Biologic Treated Rheum Patients

Jul 23, 2020

In an Annals of Rheumatic Disease report, Italian investigators performed consecutive testing for SARS-CoV-2 (IgM and IgG) between 25 March to 25 May 2020 and compared test results between rheumatic disease (RMD) patients and the general population. 



Their study included 295

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Metanalysis of 7 RCTs looked at melanoma risk comparing 34 029 biologic Tx vs 135 370 non-biologic conventional systemic Tx pts, showing no signif.

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Jul 23, 2020

Risankizumab Outduels Secukinumab in Psoriasis

Jul 20, 2020

The IMMerge trial has demonstrated the superiority of interleukin (IL)‐23 over IL-17A inhibition adults with plaque psoriasis.



This multicenter, phase 3, open‐label study enrolled 327 adult patients with chronic, moderate‐to‐severe plaque psoriasis who were randomised risankizumab (

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FDA has approved a 6th adalimumab biosimilar - called Hulio (adalimumab-fkjp) with indications of rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, adult Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis.

Dr. John Cush RheumNow ( View Tweet)

Jul 13, 2020
Skin is often involved w/ ANCA+ vasculitis - 1184 AAV pt study shows skin involvement in 34% GPA; 28% MPA & 47% EGPA. Common are petechiae/purpura pruritus, urticaria, and maculopapular rash.

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Jul 10, 2020

ICYMI: The Nine Lives of Hydroxychloroquine (Updated)

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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Is IL-23 Better than IL-17 Inhibition in Psoriasis?

Jun 29, 2020

Data presented at the recent American Academy of Dermatology meeting suggests that interleukin (IL)-23 inhibition with risankizumab was more effective than the IL-17 inhibition (secukinumab) based on a 52 week randomized head-to-head trial in moderate to severe psoriasis patients.



The

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The CHMP of the European Medicines Agency has recommended the label expansion of IL-17 inhibitor, Cosentyx (secukinumab) for the treatment of moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis in children and adolescents aged 6-18 years. https://t.co/1qYL5ASkrg

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Jun 29, 2020
Tocilizumab may be effective in refractory ocular-, neuro-, vasculo-Behcet's.

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Jun 24, 2020
23 yoF with 1 mos digital ulcers, hair loss, sicca Sxs, dysphagia; No sclerodactyly but finger tips cyanotic w/ distal pitting scars, ischemic ulcers, periungual erythema & dilated nailfold capillaries (no hemorrhages). +tests for ANA, Ro52, Ro60 and Scl-70 Abs. How to treat?

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Jun 23, 2020

Virtual EULAR 2020 Round Up

Jun 12, 2020

In this week's podcast, Drs. Artie Kavanaugh and Jack Cush present highlights from the virtual EULAR2020 meeting held June 3-6, 2020. Featured reports include the SELECT-CHOICE study, the EXCEED trial, Avacopan in AAV, BeST mortality outcomes, BLISS-LN study, biosimilars and tofa in systemic

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Day 3 - Top 5 from EULAR 2020

Jun 10, 2020

These were my top abstracts from Thursday, 4th of June at EULAR 2020:

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#EULAR2020 #op0051 presence of Structural Enthrseal Lesions (SEL) in PSO associated w/higher risk of progression to PsA: 37.5%If SEL present vs 3.4% no SEL/no arthalgia& 15.2% no SEL/+arthralgia.
Olga Petryna DrPetryna ( View Tweet)
Jun 07, 2020
#EULAR2020 #op0028 12 wk ph3 RELIEF study: Apremilast effectively relieves OU pain and OU number after 12 wks of 30 mg bid Rx. Great proportion of APR PTs achieved >10 mm &>30 mm improvement in OU pain @RheumNow https://t.co/p71sz9XL0e
Olga Petryna DrPetryna ( View Tweet)
Jun 07, 2020
#Upadacitinib #psoriaticarthritis Upa works in PsA including imaging and when they show it surprising good PASI scores as well https://t.co/ZWqj8ythHB
Peter Nash drpnash ( View Tweet)
Jun 06, 2020
#guselkumab #axialdisease - who would have thunk it - IL23 p19 works in axial involvement PsA with radiology! https://t.co/TaSFBJFRnx
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Jun 06, 2020
Primary Sjogren’s syndrome showed benefit of leflunomide + #Hydroxychloroquine vs placebo - past neg RCT of HCQ for PSS Sicca (dry eyes/mouth) so is it just leflunomide that works or combo?

Janet Pope Janetbirdope ( View Tweet)

Jun 06, 2020
ASAS modification of the Berlin algorithm and the duet algorithm for diagnosing axSpA : results from the screening in axSpA for psoriasis, iritis, and colitis cohort: Abstract FRI0298 #EULAR2020 @RheumNow https://t.co/BkG7c2riRb
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Jun 05, 2020
Another Italian COVID-19 dermatology report: 1,193 skin psoriasis patients on TNFi, IL17,IL23,IL12/23 & apremilast: 22 patients infected, of those 5 hospitalised, none died https://t.co/HpN908qsHd

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Jun 05, 2020

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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