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Novel Anti-TNF Shines in Rheumatoid Arthritis Trial

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Jun 30, 2022

A new way of inhibiting tumor necrosis factor (TNF) for treating rheumatoid arthritis showed strong results in a phase II/III clinical trial, researchers said.

About 75% to 80% of patients receiving an investigational agent called ozoralizumab achieved 20% reductions in symptoms by

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New Updated GRAPPA Psoriatic Arthritis Recommendations

Jun 29, 2022

The GRAPPA (Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis) treatment recommendations have been updated and the 2021 evidence-based guidance is rich in treatment recommendations based on the key disease "domains" - peripheral arthritis, axial disease, enthesitis,

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Two Week Methotrexate Hold with COVID-19 Vaccination

Jun 24, 2022

A cohort study of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients evaluated immunogenicity of COVID vaccination with and without holding methotrexate (MTX) for and 2-weeks and showed better immunogenicity, but more RA flares with the second MTX withdrawal. 

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Bimekizumab Safety in Psoriasis Patients

Jun 23, 2022

A pooled analyses of data from eight, phase 2 and 3 randomized clinical trials shows bimekizumab, a dual IL-17A/F inhibitor, to be effective in plaque psoriasis and was well tolerated aside from an increased incidence of mild to moderate oral candidiasis. 

The cohort included 1789

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CC Genotype and Thiopurine Toxicity

Jun 20, 2022

Annals of Internal Medicine reports that thiopurine toxcicity risk is associated with the "CC" genotype and that azathioprine discontinuation was associated with hematopoietic toxicity and lower thiopurine doses. 

Prior studies have shown that azathiprine (AZA) use is associated with

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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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Flares Not Increased Following Recombinant Zoster Vaccine Injections

Jun 15, 2022

Insurance claims analysis has shown that the use of the (CDC recommended) recombinant zoster vaccine (RZV) for prevention of herpes zoster was highly used in patients with immune-mediated inflammatory diseases and was safe, as higher rates of arthritis flares were not evident.

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Improved Pregnancy Outcomes in SLE (2010–2020)

Jun 14, 2022

A retrospective cohort study has shown that outcomes in pregnant systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients has significantly improved in the last decade, but there still is a high risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes (APO).

A retrospective Danish SLE cohort was used to identify

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MMWR: Monkeypox Outbreak in Nine States

Jun 10, 2022

CDC is tracking multiple reported U.S. monkeypox cases, and monitoring cases in persons in countries without endemic monkeypox and with no known travel links to an endemic area; current epidemiology suggests person-to-person community spread.

Monkeypox, a rare disease caused by

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MIVAC I & II RCTs from India: for AZ vaccine (ChAdOx1), withhold MTX for 2w after: hold both dose 1&2 or hold just dose 2 (vs continue) Endpoint: Ab titre both hold approaches better than continue, to a similar magnitude - similar to German study w mRNA #EULAR2022 @RheumNow
Jun 04, 2022

EULAR 2022 – Day 3 Report

Jun 03, 2022

By now, those of us attending the meeting know how to find a free coffee or sprite, have found comfortable meeting nooks and know our way around! PAnd congrats to you virtual Rheums for mastering the multi-screen, multitask simultaneous consumption posters, tweets and oral abstract presentations

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Don’t forget about the benefits of vaccines for diseases other than #COVID19 – Dr. K Hyrich #EULAR2022 @rheumnow
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Jun 02, 2022
Kimme Hydrich: There is no increased of "exceedingly rare" vaccination adverse effects in rheumatic patients 💉APLS is NOT a risk factor for thrombotic AEs with vaccination #EULAR2022 @Rheumnow @rheum_covid
Jun 02, 2022
Do you vaccine pts w/ RMDs for shingles? If so, when and who and with what? @khyrich highlights differences in recommendations and contra-indications across countries #EULAR2022 @RheumNow
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Jun 02, 2022

Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Associated Arthritis

May 30, 2022

Immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) have dramatically improved outcomes in numerous cancers but have been hampered by a growing spectrum of immune-related adverse events (irAEs). Rheumatic complaints may be less frequent than other irAEs associated with ICI in cancer patients. 

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RNL 2022: Rheumatoid Arthritis - Best Management

May 27, 2022

This week's Tuesday Night Rheumatology, hosted by Dr. Jack Cush, featured highlights from the 2022 RheumNow Live Rheumatoid Arthritis - Best Management Pod, followed by a lively audience Q & A. Lectures featured:

- Drug Cycling Vs Switching in RA - Janet Pope, MD, MPH,

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UK experience with 7 cases of monkeypox. Common sxs=fever, rash, HA, lymphadenopathy, LFTs. Complications =pneumonitis, encephalitis, keratitis, bacterial infx. Often skin lesions, abscesses
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May 27, 2022
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Recommendations – Good & Bad (5.27.2022)

May 27, 2022

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news, regulatory updates and journal reports from the past week on This week gout worries, mortality risks, measuring anti-drug antibodies and a better way in lupus?

  1. May 2022 EMA meeting the CHMP recommended new indications for

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Biologic Persistence in Psoriatic Arthritis and Psoriasis

May 19, 2022

Two recent studies examined the durability and persistence of biologic agents in patients with psoriasis (PSO) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and while some differences were noted overall persistence was low 3 years later.

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Inflammatory Arthritis Spread by ATP and Neural Crosstalk

May 19, 2022

A novel study from the Journal of Experimental Medicine suggests that a reflex neural signaling at sites of inflammation may lead to spread to other inflammatory sites via and ATP-mediated neural crosstalk. Such findings may be important in disorders like rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

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Rising Incidence of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

May 17, 2022

Data from Olmstead county, MN over the past four decades shows that the incidence and prevalence of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is increasing.

SLE was diagnosed using the EULAR/ACR criteria and looked at patients seen between 1976–2018.

They identified a total

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Acute Inflammatory Responses Needed to Resolve Chronic Pain

May 16, 2022

Science Translational Medicine has published results of a Canadian study of low back pain (LBP) suggests that pain control by anti-inflammatory treatments might have negative effects on pain duration and may be counterproductive for long-term pain outcomes.

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$30 Billion and Counting (4.29.2022)

Apr 29, 2022

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news and journal reports and takes viewer questions this week.

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Evusheld as Protective Therapy in High Risk COVID-19 Patients

Apr 21, 2022

A single dose of the monoclonal-antibody AZD7442 (combination of tixagevimab and cilgavimab) has been shown to be safe and effective as prophylaxis against COVID-19 infection in high risk individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. 

Both MAbs are neutralizing antibodies against SARS

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TNR - Controversies in PsA

Apr 20, 2022

Held on April 19, 2022, Tuesday Night Rheumatology: Controversies in PsA, featured a lively and informative panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Jack Cush.

The PsA Expert panelists included:

  • Dr. Dafna Gladman, Toronton

  • Dr. Joseph Merola, Boston

  • Dr. Peter
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