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Best Imaging in Giant Cell Arteritis - US, PET, MRI? Imaging is often instrumental in diagnosing and staging patients diagnosed with giant cell arteritis (GCA). https://t.co/LXVB6cHDfO https://t.co/ArLNdEPuVx
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World Congress on OP, OA & MSK Disorders

EurekAlert!

Bone and musculoskeletal disease researchers and physicians from around the world will meet today in London, UK for the opening of the largest scientific event in the field, the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and

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Best Imaging in Giant Cell Arteritis - US, PET, MRI?

Imaging is often instrumental in diagnosing and staging patients diagnosed with giant cell arteritis (GCA).  A new study compared the diagnostic performance of Colour Duplex Ultrasound (CDUS), Fluor-18-deoxyglucose Positron Emission Tomography Computed Tomography (FDG-PET/CT) and

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13 Risk Factors for RA-associated Interstitial Lung Disease

Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is the most widespread and fatal pulmonary complication of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A recent metanalysis shows the pooled prevalence of RA-ILD was approximately 18.7%. 

This systematic review included 56 studies with 11,851 RA-ILD patients. The

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7 Updates on Prosthetic Joint Infections

These are excerpts and takeaway summaries from several literature reports addressing the diagnosis and outcomes of prosthetic joint infections (PJI).

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Naysayers & Disrupters (3.22.2024)

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news and journal reports from the past week - including a few contrary reports on infection, seropositivity and plasmapheresis.

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Mixed Long-term Effects of Calcium and Vitamin D in Postmenopausal Women

A follow-up analysis of a randomized clinical trial found that the use of calcium and vitamin D supplements among postmenopausal women was associated with decreased risk for cancer mortality, but increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality. The analysis is published in 

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85 pts w/ Myositis by MRI. Abnl MRI patterns correlated w/: - Honeycomb & foggy w TIF1γ or Mi2+, MSA-neg DM/PM, SRP+, HMGCR+ - Honeycomb w Cancer (OR 6.8), Gottrons(OR 8) - Foggy w weakness (OR 11.2) - Dense dot w dysphagia (OR 6.3) & CA https://t.co/kZGuNLFglg https://t.co/lK93U5iY7q
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Cochrane Review: How Good is Ultrasound Diagnosing GCA? Is temporal artery ultrasound (US) equivalent or superior to the reference standard of temporal artery biopsy (TAB) when diagnosing giant cell arteritis (GCA)? https://t.co/AcETp0TJBF https://t.co/eKVmaro7D0
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Cochrane Review: How Good is Ultrasound Diagnosing GCA?

Is temporal artery ultrasound equivalent or superior to the reference standard of temporal artery biopsy when diagnosing giant cell arteritis (GCA)?

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5 yr prospective observational study of 246 pts w/ nonradiographic Axial Spa shows that 16% of nr-axSpA progressed to r-axSpA w/in 5 yrs. SI progression more likely w/ Male sex (HR 3.16), imaging sacroiliitis (HR 6.6), & good NSAID response (HR 4.6) https://t.co/vAoE1CVkUf https://t.co/32r0TXxCDq
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Curbside Consults (2.16.2024)

Dr. Jack Cush answers audience clinical case questions sent by email or "ask Cush anything". Cases and questions from:




  • Dr. William Hong - RA management in the setting of active TB or latent TB (LTBI)

  • Dr. Vrishali Dalvi - relapsing polychondritis monitoring

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Poly-Refractory Rheumatoid Arthritis

Refractory of difficult to treat (D2T-RA) rheumatoid arthritis (RA) comprises a minority of patients that can be categorized by clinical and imaging parameters to formulate a better therapeutic approach. 



A cross-sectional study of 1,591 RA treated with b/tsDMARDs were

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Aging Brain Increases Pain in Older Women

EurekAlert!

A new study has found that the brain system enabling us to inhibit our own pain changes with age, and that gender-based differences in those changes may lead females to be more sensitive to moderate pain than males as older adults.

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Outcomes of Acute, Subacute and Persistent Low Back Pain

EurekAlert!

Low back pain is a major cause of disability around the globe, with more than 570 million people affected. In the United States alone, health care spending on low back pain was $134.5 billion between 1996 and 2016, and costs are increasing.



"The good news is that most

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Dr. @lihi_eder recommends enthesial evaluation with POC ultrasound if available in addition to her clinical evaluation. #RNL2024 @RheumNow https://t.co/LQiyFK5VB1
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Do you get extra-cranial imaging in your GCA patients? #rheumtwitter #RNL2024 @RheumNow @anisha_dua @DrCassySims @philseo

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Rheumatologists and the Early Diagnosis of Spondyloarthritis

SPACE study of adults referred to rheumatology with less than 2 years of chronic back pain (CBP), shows that only one-third can be reliably diagnosed with axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA).



Data from SPondyloArthritis Caught Early European cohort of early CBP patients (<45 years; Sxs

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2023 EULAR Non-pharmacological Management of Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis: 2023 update

EULAR has published the 2023 updated recommendations for the optimal non-pharmacological management of hip and knee osteoarthritis (OA).



Non-pharmacological treatments for OA are as important and impactful at improving pain, function and quality of life in OA. These EULAR

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Increased CV Comorbidity in Dermatomyositis

A cohort study suggest that patients with dermatomyositis (DM) are at an increased risk for multiple comorbidities, including chronic kidney and cardiovascular disease,

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Enthesitis, Synovitis, and Tenosynovitis in Psoriatic Arthritis An ultrasound study suggests that enthesitis is associated with both synovitis and tenosynovitis in patients with Psoriatic arthritis (PsA). https://t.co/fsVlUwOXCW https://t.co/1tLTlEoXd8
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Enthesitis, Synovitis, and Tenosynovitis in Psoriatic Arthritis

An ultrasound study suggests that enthesitis is associated with both synovitis and tenosynovitis in patients with Psoriatic arthritis (PsA).

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Biomarker Predicts Survival in Autoimmune Lung Disease

MedPage Today

One major subgroup of patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD) arising from polymyositis/dermatomyositis (PM/DM) survived significantly longer when serum levels of interferon-λ3 were relatively low, researchers found.

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Best of 2023: ACR Guidelines for Interstitial Lung Disease in Patients with Rheumatic Conditions

ACR

The American College of Rheumatology released summaries of two new guidelines for the Screening and Monitoring of Interstitial Lung Disease in People with Systemic Autoimmune Rheumatic Disease and for the Treatment of Interstitial Lung Disease in People with Systemic Autoimmune Rheumatic

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Best of 2023: 2023 ACR/EULAR Criteria for Calcium Pyrophosphate Deposition Disease

The prevalence of radiographic chondrocalcinosis is estimated to be 4% to ≥10% in older adults, but the prevalence of symptomatic calcium pyrophosphate deposition (CPPD) disease is unknown. To advance our understanding of CPPD, the American College of Rheumatology and EULAR have published

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