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Immune Necrotizing Myopathy

Oct 26, 2020

A full read review of immune-mediated necrotizing myopathy is portrayed as a distinct subtype of inflammatory myopathies first described in 2004.

This form of myositis has been associated with antibodies to signal recognition particle (anti-SRP) or anti-3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coA

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Working on an Endocarditis for the Rheumatologist podcast. fast facts!!! 1️⃣ 20% no fever 2️⃣ 20% joint pain at presentation 3️⃣ >40% splenomegly 4️⃣ 90% anemia 5️⃣ most common rash = petechiae (Osler node/janeway/Roth spots 10% combined!) #rheumatology #cleclinicrheum #immunology

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Oct 23, 2020

RheumNow Podcast – Function Follows Form (10.2.20)

Oct 01, 2020

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news and journal articles from the past week on Regulatory approvals, update on global rheumatology alliance, smoking and psoriasis, gabapentin let down and defining difficult RA.

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Filgotinib Approved by the EMA for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Sep 27, 2020

On Friday, Gilead and Galapagos announced that the European Commission (EC) has granted marketing authorization for filgotinib (trade name, Jyseleca) their oral, once-daily, JAK1 inhibitor for the treatment of adults with moderate to severe active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who have responded

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CXCR3 and Restricted T Cells in Psoriatic Arthritis Inflammation

Sep 21, 2020

Research from Oxford University suggests a potential pathogenic role for the chemokine CXCR3 and clonally restricted CD8+ T cells in the pathogenesis of psoriatic arthritis (PsA) based studies of PsA synovial fluid samples obtained by arthrocentesis from 11 patients with large-joint oligo PsA

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Belimumab Effective in Lupus Nephritis

Sep 16, 2020

Dr. Rich Furie has lead a group of investIgators in reporting the significant efficacy of intravenous belimumab when added to standard of care induction therapy in patients with active lupus nephritis. This phase 3, 2-year study included 448 systemic lupus erythematosus patients with biopsy

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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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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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Comparative retrospective study of 251 ANCA+ pts with AAV (MPA or GPA) & severe renal Dz induction Rx with CYC or RTX, +/- PLEX. Remission equally achieved by CTX or RTX; addition of PLEX did not change outcomes.

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Sep 01, 2020

CDC: COVID Seroprevalence in Health Care Workers

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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Increased Lupus Anticoagulant Activity in COVID-19 Infection

Aug 17, 2020

JAMA Network Open reports that after adjusting for inflammation, lupus anticoagulant (LA) is significantly increased (positive) in COVID-19 patients and that LA positivity was associated with incidence risk of thrombotic events.

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RheumNow Podcast - Top 13 Rheumatology Centers (7-31-20)

Jul 31, 2020

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news and TOP 13 list of Best Rheumatology Hospitals.

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Low Risk of COVID in Biologic Treated Rheum Patients

Jul 23, 2020

In an Annals of Rheumatic Disease report, Italian investigators performed consecutive testing for SARS-CoV-2 (IgM and IgG) between 25 March to 25 May 2020 and compared test results between rheumatic disease (RMD) patients and the general population. 

Their study included 295

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Higher Rates of SARS-CoV-2 Seropositivity in the USA

Jul 22, 2020

The number of reporting cases of COVID-19 infection tends to underestimate the true prevalence of infection as only the more severe cases (e.g.,acute respiratory syndrome) get tested or go to the hospital. JAMA Internal Medicine reports that a cross-sectional seroprevalence study from the U.S.

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Steroids and Tocilizumab in Cytokine Storm Syndrome

Jul 21, 2020

A recent study from the Netherlands has shown that patients with severe COVID-19-associated cytokine storm syndrome (CSS)  with high dose steroids and tocilizumab had a faster recovery, less need for invasive mechanical ventilation and fewer deaths when compared to CSS patients receiving

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Jul 17, 2020

RheumNow Podcast – LTF – Listen to Fauci (7.17.20)

Jul 17, 2020

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news, tweets and journal articles from the past week on RheumNow. Let's dig into this week's 14 highlights.

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PRIME Cells Predicting Rheumatoid Arthritis Flares

Jul 16, 2020

The current issue of NEJM reports a novel cell type that may be used to identify rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients who may flare. 

Investigators prospectively collected blood samples from 4 patients for longitudinal RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) for discovery of moleculartranscripts that were

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Anti-Rheumatic Therapies for COVID-19 Infection

Jul 15, 2020

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic numerous anti-rheumatic therapies have been proposed as being potentially beneficial. The mechanistic effects of these agents, either presumed antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti-thrombotic effects, may benefit mitigate the damage seen with COVID-19

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COVID's Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children

Jun 30, 2020

Two recent reports further characterize the newly described, Kawasaki-like,  syndrome affecting children with COVID-19 infections.

The NEJM describes the childhood syndrome as having Kawasaki’s disease, fever, toxic shock syndrome, acute abdominal conditions, and encephalopathy; hence the label

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Methotrexate May Enhance Pegloticase Response in Gout

Jun 15, 2020

For patients with gout exacerbations while on pegloticase (Krystexxa), adding methotrexate may help reduce uric acid levels, researchers suggested at the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) virtual meeting.

In a small open-label study of 14 patients experiencing acute gout attacks, use

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Day 3 - Top 5 from EULAR 2020

Jun 10, 2020

These were my top abstracts from Thursday, 4th of June at EULAR 2020:

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#EULAR2020 Dr. Kimme Hyrich reviews the EULAR #COVID19 Registry "Most individuals with rheumatic diseases receiving immunosuppressive therapies recover from COVID19" @rheumnow
Jun 05, 2020

FDA Approves Taltz for Non-Radiographic Axial Spondyloarthritis

Jun 01, 2020

Today Eli Lilly announced that Taltz (ixekizumab) has received FDA approval for the treatment of adults with active non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA). Ixekizumab (an IL-17A inhibitor) would join certolizumab (TNF inhibitor) as the only 2 drugs approved by the FDA for nr-

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First Look at COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance Registry

Jun 01, 2020

Gianfresco et al have published the first peer-reviewed analysis of COVID-19 infected, rheumatic disease patients entered into the Rheumatology Global Alliance registry; showing that a) rheumatic disease patient can be infected with COVID-19, b) that DMARD and biologic use has no apparent effect

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