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Rheumatology Advocates Push for Patient Access to Care

Sep 28, 2023

Physician members of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), care team members of the Association of Rheumatology Professionals (ARP), and patients living with rheumatic diseases convened on Capitol Hill this week for the annual Advocates for Arthritis conference and to support

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RheumNow Podcast with Special Guest Dr. Michael Weinblatt (9.22.2023)

Sep 22, 2023

Dr. Jack Cush is joined by Dr. Michael Weinblatt as they discuss this weeks news and journal reports, including difficult RA, HLA typing and abatacept responses and new regulatory decisions. 

  1. UCB has issued a press update on its pending application for the approval of their

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Machine Learning May Diagnose Psoriatic Arthritis Earlier

Sep 18, 2023

A machine learning approach was applied to two different population cohorts and was shown to be effective at the early identification of undiagnosed psoriatic arthritis (PsA).

It is estimated that PsA affects approximately 0.27% of the adult population, and 20% of those with with

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RheumNow Podcast – with Special Guest Dr. Janet Pope (9.8.2023)

Sep 08, 2023

This week, Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news with special guest, Dr. Janet Pope. They discuss "Not-non-Inferior", large scale genetic screening, Zoster risk w/ newer lupus drugs, tapering, RA referral problems and the TNR webinar session on "ORAL Surveillance Revisited".

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Woeful Rheumatology Referrals

Sep 07, 2023

Early diagnosis of inflammatory arthritis (IA) is rooted in patient (self or MD) referrals. A recent analysis shows only a minority of rheumatology referrals had inflammatory arthritis, with only 21% were seen within the first 6 weeks of symptoms. 

A total of 1023 were patients

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Hard Decisions in RA (9.1.2023)

Sep 01, 2023

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news and journal reports from this past week on RheumNow, and introduces our September campaign - "Hard Decisions in RA".

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ACR Position Paper: Cost Impact of Rheumatologic Care

Aug 31, 2023

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has published evidence that rheumatologic care can save more than $2700 per patient per year.

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Hip Replacement Surgery After Age 90

Aug 28, 2023

Potentially modifiable comorbid conditions and complications have a major impact on the risks of total hip arthroplasty (THA) for people in their nineties, reports a study in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.

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Biologic Adherence and Drug Survival in RA Patients

Aug 24, 2023

A real-world rheumatoid arthritis (RA) cohort study from Israel shows significant variability of drug survival using biologic disease-modifying anti-rheumatics drugs (bDMARDs) and targeted synthetic DMARDs (tsDMARDs).

A total of 753 RA patients were drawn from in a large Israeli

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WSJ: Do Younger or Older Doctors Get Better Results?

Aug 23, 2023

A recent Wall St. Journal essay (by AB Jena and C Worsham) suggests that a physician’s effectiveness has less to do with age than with how many patients they see and how well they stay up to date on research.

If admitted to the hospital would you rather your physician be in their 50s

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15% of the World Population has Osteoarthritis

Aug 22, 2023

The Lancet reports a new study revealing that the most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis, affects 15% of the global population over the age of 30.

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Mono- and Oligo- are Different (8.18.2023)

Aug 18, 2023

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news and journal reports from this past week.

  1. Glucocorticoid Affects Weight, but not Blood Pressure in RA A pooled analysis of 5 RCTs shows that the effects of 2 years of low-dose glucocorticoid (GC) treatment in RA can significantly

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The Adalimumab Biosimilar Glut

Aug 15, 2023

In 2023, three marketed biosimilars (Actemra, Stelara, Humira) had their patents expire, opening opportunities for multiple new biosimilars; but with competition comes a word salad of new drug names, confusion and nonsensical discounts.

By July 2023, nine adalimumab biosimilars (ADA-b

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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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ACR Comments on US Healthcare Policy

Aug 07, 2023

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) said it has already joined with hundreds of organizations to submit 26 health policy comment letters to federal officials this year—surpassing the 24 letters the College submitted in 2022.

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English for the Biologically-Challenged (8.4.2023)

Aug 04, 2023

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news and journal articles from the past week on  This week highlights Veterans, Vegetarians and Antenatal Corticosteroids.

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Rheumatology Journals Rife With Faulty Conflict-of-Interest

MedPage Today
Aug 03, 2023

More often than not, conflict-of-interest disclosures in three major rheumatology journals didn't match records in the U.S. government's Open Payments database, researchers found.

About two-thirds of a random selection of recent papers in these journals included authors who had

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2023-2024 Best Rheumatology Hospitals

Aug 02, 2023

Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore has been named the top hospital for rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report. This is the 6th year in a row they have held this spot.

The top 5 remain the same as last year with the only difference being the # 2 slot going to the Hospital for

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Unrecognized Mental Health Problems in Autoimmune Diseases

Jul 26, 2023

More than half of patients with auto-immune conditions experience mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety, yet the majority are rarely or never asked in clinic about mental health symptoms, according to new research from the University of Cambridge and King’s College London.

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MMWR: Arthritis Among Children and Adolescents

Jul 21, 2023

The CDC estimates that nearly 220,000 children and adolescents had arthritis during 2017–2021. Prevalence (305 per 100,000) increased with age and is higher in 12–17 year olds; non-Hispanic Black or African Americans; those with anxiety or depression; physically inactive; overweight or a

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Danger with Hydroxychloroquine Nonadherence in SLE

Jul 18, 2023

A large cohort study shows that severe non-adherence to hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) results in serious risks for SLE flares, damage, and mortality.

Research data was derived from the multinational SLICC Inception Cohort that assessed nonadherence by serum HCQ levels after at least 3

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EULAR Points to Consider in Progressing Psoriasis to Psoriatic Arthritis

Jul 17, 2023

The transition from psoriasis to PsA – and the early diagnosis of PsA – is of considerable scientific and clinical interest. People typically have psoriatic skin disease for a decade or more before they begin to experience the joint involvement of PsA. Understanding more about the natural

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ICYMI: ChatGPT - A Boon or Threat to Scientific Publication?

Jul 07, 2023

ChatGPT is a new, artificial intelligence chatbot that has dramatically changed the digital worlds of education, research, graphic design, statistics and more. While this AI driven platform has the untold potential in generating written content, there is considerable concern in assuring that 

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ICYMI: GRAPPA Recommendations for Treating Enthesitis in Psoriatic Arthritis

Jul 05, 2023

GRAPPA has provided new, evidence based updates to the management of enthesitis in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA), affecting at least 30% of PsA patients and is associated with more severe disease, x-ray damage, and poorer outcomes. 

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