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Increased Mortality in Giant Cell Arteritis

Aug 09, 2022

A population-based study from Ontario, Canada suggests an increased mortality risk in patients with giant cell arteritis (GCA), according to a recent report in Arthritis Care & Research.



A health administrative data study looked at 22,677 GCA patients (≥50 years of age)

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ACR Updated Guideline on Vaccinations for Rheumatic Patients

Aug 04, 2022

The ACR has posted a new ACR Clinical Practice Guideline Summary providing recommendations on the use of vaccinations for children and adults with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs).



This guideline builds on past

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The Approach to Difficult to Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis

Aug 03, 2022

Tan and Buch have reviewed the approach to difficult to treat rheumatoid arthritis (D2T-RA), with a new EULAR definiation of D2T-RA to foster an approach rationale and concideration of treatment options.



D2T-RA is defined by failure of at least two different mechanism of action

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Social Media Questions (7.29.2022)

Jul 29, 2022

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news, journal reports and rheumatologist cases from the past week on RheumNow.com. This podcast is brought to you by StillsNow.com - be sure to sign up for our monthly StillsNow email and Monthly StillsNow Podcast.




  1. Study of 63 Thalassemia pts (50

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Have you checked out our new sister-site, Still's Now? A new site for Still's disease, autoinflammatory & febrile disorders.https://t.co/oWEugnOB6k https://t.co/5jwiP2Xqrz
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Jul 26, 2022
Rheums: Got a Rheumatology question or case for Jack Cush? Record it here and we'll feature it on an upcoming podcast. Tell us your name and where you practice rheumatology.https://t.co/QUTIbK3r89 https://t.co/FZcTLREida
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Jul 22, 2022
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Early, Aggressive and Seropositive (7.22.2022)

Jul 22, 2022

Dr. Jack Cush covers the news and journal reports from the past week on RheumNow.com. This week we have Insights NAFLD, overdose deaths, septic arthritis, refractory stills, & when MTX doesn’t work.

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Rheumatologist Survey: What do you rely on MOST in diagnosing Still’s disease? Sxs? Labs? Both? Criteria? Fever? Vote here:https://t.co/oANKpKqJA5 https://t.co/LIjRSBHNBi
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Jul 21, 2022
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Still’s Disease FAQs

Jul 14, 2022

What is the classic 'triad' of Still's disease? Does it affect males and females equally? What are typical lab findings? Which drugs are effective at treating Still's, and as importantly, which ones are not? What about complications? Read on for these and other FAQs regarding Still's disease.

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QD Clinic - Stills (or Not) MAS off of Tocilizumab https://t.co/YGEifF5X8K https://t.co/719RjYzbE3
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Jul 08, 2022
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ICYMI: 2021 Rheumatology Year in Review

Jul 08, 2022

For 2022, let's look our top 10 list of advances, game-changers, worries and those better medical practices that evolved during 2021.

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Two Week Twitter (6.17.2022)

Jun 17, 2022

Dr. Jack Cush does a 2-week review of RheumNow Tweets on news and journal citations worth noting, along with some opinions on Telehealth, manpower, monkeypox and the price of drugs.




  1. Although Rheumatology currently ranks 2nd or 3rd in specialty use of telemedicine - the vast

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Not All RA Drug Classes Are Created Equal

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Jun 16, 2022

Clear differences were apparent among the three major types of targeted medications for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in a large European registry study.



For one, patients using inhibitors of the Janus-associated kinase (JAK) pathway were more likely to stop them because of adverse

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EULAR 2022 Top 10 Abstracts (6.10.2022)

Jun 10, 2022

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the top abstracts from EULAR 2022  As chosen by me with the  aid of the RheumNow EULAR faculty. “Top” is relative and subjective, but my criteria for inclusion are based on impact, water cooler talk potential, innovation and social media buzz.  Speaking of social media

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Malignancy risk on b/tsDMARDs in patients with prior malignancy history

Jun 04, 2022

For autoimmune patients with a history of malignancy, the initiation of biologic or targeted synthetic disease modifying agents (bDMARD/tsDMARDs) may provoke concern. While data for biologic medications and malignancy risk has been largely reassuring, clinical trials have often excluded

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#Bestinclass. #Giantcellarteritis GCA lots of novel ideas. V short prednisone- 2 months with #Tocilizumab. Not RCT. Looked safe & effective but too small to know if blindness etc are increased. Don’t suggest you try this at home...yet! @RheumNow @eular_org #EULAR2022 OP0185
Jun 04, 2022
Unizony et al. GCA outcome on/after tocilizumab. 36.5% relapse after stopping tocilizumab. Generally stopped due to remission, 10% stopped due to adverse event @RheumNow #EULAR2022 POS0267 https://t.co/jlZDTinfCK
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Jun 03, 2022
Schmitt et al. Pharmacokinetic study of IV tocilizumab in 24 patients with known GCA. Using 6mg/kg or 7mg/kg. Effective on lab measures and no GCA flares. @RheumNow #EULAR2022 POS0268 https://t.co/uhxfGZvYTw
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Jun 03, 2022
Tomelleri @tomelleri_a et al. GCA. Tocilizumab weekly x 1 year, then every other week x 1 year, then stop. 2 PMR flares during toc. 1 month post-stop 100% remission. 6 months post-stop 24% GCA flare! Some patients seem to need indefinite toc @RheumNow #EULAR2022 POS0266 https://t.co/8I5GQ08HDr
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Jun 03, 2022
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Polymyalgia rheumatica immunological puzzle further illustrated

Jun 02, 2022

Infiltrating macrophages expressing IL-6 and GM-CSF may drive the subacromial bursitis often seen in polymyalgia rheumatica, according to new research (abstract OP0015)

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Sanchez-Martin et al. Tocilizumab in newly diagnosed vs refractory GCA. 471 patients. Appears of relatively similar efficacy in both groups. Surprising that the difference is not greater given refractory GCA inherently more complex @RheumNow #EULAR2022 POS0817 https://t.co/HEWzYCz9YD
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Jun 02, 2022
Preito-Pena at al. Tocilizumab in LVV-GCA and TAK. Similar responses in both, with 75% showing complete clinical response but only 20% complete imaging response at month 12. Clinical implications of these persistent imaging findings need clarification @RheumNow #EULAR2022 POS0804 https://t.co/sNbRzIkwnt
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Jun 02, 2022
Unizony et al. Case series of tocilizumab + 8 weeks steroid in GCA. 30 patients, 50% new 50% relapsing. 77% in sustained remission at week 52! No vision loss. Exciting, needs an RCT @RheumNow #EULAR2022 OP0185 https://t.co/ohBYIWYxBC https://t.co/fsn4x17Hwv
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Jun 02, 2022
Sanchez-Bilbao et al. TCZ for large vessel GCA. Has been a concern due to limited LVV/imaging in RCTs 196 patients. Seems to work well. 20% sustained remission month 6, 60% month 12. Clinically significant reduction steroid doses as shown in figure. @RheumNow #EULAR2022 POS0802 https://t.co/Z0HEVal6RI
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Jun 01, 2022
TOFFIFE RCT in colchicine-resistant FMF. Tocilizumab normalises SAA and CRP/ESR with PGA response in 20-25%. Maybe response criteria too strict, or maybe TCZ only effective for subgroup of patients @RheumNow #EULAR2022 OP0043 https://t.co/kNs8DMzXFB https://t.co/QMDk1IUkjx
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Jun 01, 2022
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