Almost three years ago to the day, I did a podcast entitled, "I wanna new drug." As I go over this week's podcast, I want to say it again. I want a new drug safe enough to use during pregnancy, for PMR, for GVHD, and more. I'm going to cover these, and other topics including lupus, COVIDRead Article
A prospective study evaluated the value and associations with morning stiffness in patients with clinically suspect arthralgia, and found that the presence of morning stiffness increases the odds of inflammation (as detected by CRP and MRI synovitis).Read Article
The CDC has reported that mRNA vaccine effectiveness against COVID-19–associated hospitalizations was sustained over 24 weeks; but there is evidence of waning protection amongst the immunosuppressed.
They studied vaccine responses among 1,129 patients who received 2 doses of a mRNARead Article
A EULAR task force has promulgated several points to consider in managing difficult-to-treat RA. These "points" are unique in directing the rheumatologist's attention to the potential for misdiagnosis and the impact of comorbid conditions on what is perceived as poorly controlled RA.Read Article
Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news and journal reports from the past week on RheumNow.com.
In a head to head trial Upadacitinib was superior to Dupilumab in Adults With Moderate-to-Severe Atopic Dermatitis. 24wk DBRCT, 924 pts given either UPA 30/d vsDUP 300 EOW. ESI75 response@
The TORTUGA trial tested filgotinib, a JAK1 inhibitor, in active ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients and was shown to be both effective and capable of retarding sacroiliac (SI) joint erosions as early as 12 weeks.
Adults AS patients were enrolled after an inadequate response to ≥ 2Read Article
The NEJM has published a multicenter study wherein patients with surgical lumbar spinal stenosis and degenerative spondylolisthesis were found to fair equally well (noninferior if treated with decompression surgery alone compared to decompression with instrumented fusion.Read Article
A large RA cohort analysis shows that low-dose glucocorticoid therapy in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients may carry an increased risk of vertebral osteoporotic (OP) fractures.
There were 15,123 RA patients (mean age 68.8 years) enrolled in Clinical Practice Research DatalinkRead Article
Chung et al have published the 2021 treatment guielines for the management of antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody–associated vasculitis, including granulomatosis with polyangiitis, microscopic polyangiitis, and eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis. These guidelines are put forth by theRead Article
Subtle early bony changes in inflammatory arthritis can be hard even for experienced rheumatologists to interpret, even though they have traditionally been considered to become disease-defining as they progress. As computational techniques have become more sophisticated and more accessible,Read Article