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Hydroxychloroquine Fails as Pre-exposure Prophylaxis for COVID-19

Sep 30, 2020

Numerous previous studies have questioned the efficacy or protection afforded by hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for COVID-19 and studies have show that HCQ has failed when given as post-exposure prophylaxis to health care workers (HCWs).  A new randomized controlled trial has shown that HCQ failed

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RheumNow Podcast – Cardiovascular Risk in Psoriatic Disease (9.25.20)

Sep 24, 2020

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

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Young Adults are Driving Up COVID-19 Rates

CDC/MMWR
Sep 23, 2020

CDC reports that since June 2020 individuals infected with COVID-19 have largely been young adults in the 20-29 year age bracket. Moreover, younger adults appeared to be driving community transmission of COVID-19. 

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Livedo, Purpura and Coagulopathy in Severe COVID-19

Sep 23, 2020

JAMA Dermatology expands the spectrum of complications seen with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection describing cutaneous purpura and livedo lesions in patients with severe COVID-19.



A flurry of recent reports have described livedoid and necrotic

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Sep 22, 2020

CDC Reverses Guidance for Asymptomatic COVID Contacts

Sep 22, 2020

Asymptomatic people who have been exposed to COVID-19 should be tested, the CDC said on Friday, in a reversal of controversial guidance the agency introduced in late August.



It is now unequivocal, with the agency stating that for individuals without symptoms who have been in close

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RheumNow Podcast – Lupus Delights (9.18.20)

Sep 18, 2020

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

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COVID-19 Risks in Pregnant Women

Sep 17, 2020

There has been little science or evidence regarding the effects of COVID-19 infection on pregnancy and vice versa; and now the recent MMWR addresses the subject with two new reports

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Updated List of Drugs Inducing Lupus

Sep 14, 2020

Drugs inducing lupus may account for nearly 30% of all subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE) and up to 15% of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) cases. Moreover there are over 100 drugs capable of inducing drug-induced lupus erythematosus. A population based report in JAMA

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RheumNow Podcast - ACR Reproductive Health Slides (9-11-20)

Sep 11, 2020

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the 2020 ACR Reproductive Health Guidelines presented all week here on RheumNow. 

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ACR 2020 Reproductive Guidelines - Lactation Guidance

Sep 10, 2020

In this third excerpt from the ACR guidelines on managing reproductive health issues in rheumatic disease patients, we present recommendations regarding the use of glucocorticoids and guidance on lactation and medication use post-partum.

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ACR 2020 Reproductive Guidelines - Medication Use with Pregnancy

Sep 09, 2020

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has published guidelines to manage reproductive health issues in rheumatic disease (RMD) patients before, during and after pregnancy. In this second exerpt from their guidelines articles we present recommendations (and good clinical practice

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ACR 2020 Reproductive Guidelines - Contraception & Counseling

Sep 08, 2020

The American College of Rheumatology established a guidelines committee that consisted of both patients, rheumatologists and maternal-fetal health experts. After a a systematic review of the medical literature regarding contraception, assisted reproductive technology, fertility preservation,

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RheumNow Podcast – To Celiac Test or Not? (9.4.20)

Sep 04, 2020

Dr Jack Cush reviews the news, journal articles and takes a few Back Talk questions this week:

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CDC: COVID Seroprevalence in Health Care Workers

MMWR
Aug 31, 2020

CDC reports that gmong 3,248 healthcare personnel (HCP) observed, 6% had antibody evidence of previous SARS-CoV-2 infection; 29% of personnel with SARS-CoV-2 antibodies were asymptomatic in the preceding months, and 69% had not previously received a diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection.

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RheumNow Podcast – Rheum Lives Matter (8.28.20)

Aug 28, 2020

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news and journal articles from the past week. Of mice and men in cartilage, the efficacy of JAK inhibitors in patients who are having skin problems, nrAxSpa has its own diagnostic code, metformin, talking about Back Talk, plus so much more.

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Treatments Differ Across Centers in Systemic JIA

Aug 26, 2020

Significant variations were seen across hospitals in the treatment of children admitted with new-onset systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), despite increasing evidence of the efficacy of biologics and the hazards of extended glucocorticoid exposure, a retrospective cohort study found

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Diagnostic Accuracy of Symptoms, Signs and Labs in GCA

Aug 23, 2020

A systematic review and meta-analysis of 68 diagnostic cohort studies (14 037 patients) suggests that no one feature is more impactful that the combination of symptoms, signs, and laboratory tests to diagnose the presence giant cell arteritis (GCA).



From these analyses findings

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Telemedicine: What's Changed and What Needs to be Addressed? An update on legislative changes, uncertainties, and the care gap post COVID https://t.co/HRAsEP7IL6 https://t.co/X6PL0W4tI7
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Aug 23, 2020

RheumNow Podcast – The Bad News That’s Fit to Print (8.21.20)

Aug 20, 2020

Dr Jack Cush reviews the news and journal reports from the past week on RheumNow: filgotinib rejection, delays in diagnosis, metformin benefits COVID, Abx and IBD, and UPA beats MTX.

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Are Women in Rheumatology Closing the Gap?

Aug 20, 2020

"Fierce, Formidable and Phenomenal" was the tag line used to introduce Vice-Presidential candidate, Kamala Harris. Her introduction followed a review of the increasing role of women in voting, society and politics in America. Has the same been realized by women in academic medicine and

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ACP/AAFP Guidelines on Managing Musculoskeletal Pain

Aug 17, 2020

Topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are recommended as first-line therapy in a new guideline for treating acute, non-low back pain from musculoskeletal injuries in outpatient settings.



The clinical guide, released by the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the

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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 RheumNow.com, with information on enthesitis, nr-Ax-SpA, UAB, Blockbuster Rheum Drugs and use of ACE inhibitors.

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Rheumatic Diseases, Drugs and COVID-19 Guidelines

Aug 13, 2020

Several recent publications have focused on the risk and outcomes of rheumatic disease (RDD) and autoimmune patients who become infected with SARs-CoV-2.

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Latest COVID-19 Numbers from CDC

Aug 12, 2020

Following are the latest CDC numbers for COVID-19 in the U.S., including total cases and deaths; the states with the highest number of COVID-19 deaths; and COVID-19 healthcare case numbers.

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