How risky are family gatherings, birthday parties and informal social gatherings? A cross-sectional analysis suggests that birthdays may be associated with increased rates of COVID-19 infection within households where there is a high COVID-19 prevalence in the population.Read Article
The NEJM has published results of a real-world efficacty trial showing that COVID infected children with the multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) respond better to initial IVIG plus glucocorticoids (than IVIG alone) which was associated with less subsequent cardiovascularRead Article
NEJM has published the results of an observational trial wherein tofacitinib given to patients hospitalized with Covid-19 pneumonia, was shown to significantly lower risk of death or respiratory failure.
This multicenter trial was conducted in Brazil. A total of 289 hospitalizedRead Article
Lancet Respiratory Medicine has reported the results of the COLCORONA trial, showing that in patients with PCR-confirmed COVID-19 infection, colchicine led to a significantly lower rate of death or hospital admission from COVID.
Colchicine is an oral anti-inflammatory agent withRead Article
One-third of patients with immune-mediated inflammatory diseases being treated with methotrexate showed attenuated responses to the COVID-19 vaccine, researchers reported.
In two independent cohorts, robust antibody responses were observed in 98.1% of healthy controls and in 91.9% ofRead Article
The NEJM has published the results of a French multicenter study showing that prosthetic joint infections can be successfully managed with 6 weeks of antibiotic therapy; this was noninferior and had better outcomes compared to 12 weeks of antibiotic therapy.
Prosthetic jointRead Article
JAMA Internal Medicine report an analysis of recent and composite trial data suggesting that tocilizumab (TCZ) therapy in COVID-19–associated pneumonia patients with high CRP levels is likely to be effective.Read Article
Analysis of data from the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance shows that rheumatic diseases infected with COVID-19 had a greater risk of death with age, comorbidities, high disease activity and few specific therapies.
Rheumatic disease adults with a confirmed or presumptive COVID-19Read Article
Dr Jack Cush reviews the news and journal reports from the past week on RheumNow.com
Metanalysis (11 RCTs, 19 registries) of Pulm arterial HTN assoc. w/ CTD (w/ 1,267 & 4,008 CTD-PAH pts), showed Investigational Rxs reduced morbidity/mortality by 36%. CTD-PAH survival
Patients with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis who were being treated with ustekinumab (Stelara) had lower rates of serious hospitalized infections than patients receiving other biologics or small molecule therapies, a study utilizing data from two commercial claims databases found.Read Article
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CDC study from 33 sites, 25 states showed vaccine efficacy (against Sx COVID) in HCP was 82% with ONEdose
RheumNow Live (RNL) for 2021 was held March 20 - 21 in Fort Worth, TX, and now all can partake in the meeting - by video, podcast or by signing up for Tuesday Nite Rheumatology (TNR).
RNL has finished its 3rd year as a hybrid meeting, with the live meeting streamed to hundreds at homeRead Article
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today updated COVID guidance such that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks outdoors, can avoid wearing them indoors in most places,Read Article
NSAIDs do not affect COVID outcomes; here we are nearly 16 months into the pandemic, and this is the common sense conclusion of a recent trial published in Lancet Rheumatology.
Early in the pandemic there was an unfounded directive from the French government suggesting that non-Read Article