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RheumNow Podcast – ACR 20 is Coming to Town (10.30.20)

Oct 29, 2020

Dr Jack Cush overviews the RheumNow commitment, upcoming bonus coverage of ACR20 and the good news and journal reports from the past week on

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RheumNow Podcast – Back Talk: Questions from Listeners (10.23.20)

Oct 23, 2020

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news, journal reports, survey results and "Back Talk" questions from Rheums.

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Remdesivir FDA Approved for Hospitalized COVID-19

Oct 22, 2020

The FDA has approved Gilead Sciences Inc’s antiviral drug remdesivir for treating patients hospitalized with COVID-19, making it the first and only drug approved for the disease in the United States.

FDA approved its 1st drug to treat COVID-19 -

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Clinical Trial Boom or Bust in Severe COVID-19

Oct 20, 2020

A number of recently published clinical trials are further defining the efficacy and outcomes of tocilizumab or remdesivir in treating SARs-CoV-2 infection.


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RheumNow Podcast – Good Time Charlie…. (10.16.20)

Oct 15, 2020

Dr. Jack Cush sings the news and journal reports from the past week on

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COVID Transmission from Young to Old

Oct 13, 2020

The CDC has analyzed temporal trends in percent positivity by age group in COVID-19 hotspot counties before and after their identification as hotspots. Among 767 hotspot counties identified during June and July 2020, early increases in the percent positivity among persons aged ≤24 years were

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Hydroxychloroquine Shows No Benefit in Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients

Oct 09, 2020

The NEJM reports on a controlled clinical trial showing patients hospitalized with Covid-19 given hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) do not have a lower incidence of death compared to those receiving routine care.

A total of 4716 patients who were hospitalized with Covid-19 were randomly to

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RheumNow Podcast – Bad Disease & Bad Outcomes (10.9.20)

Oct 08, 2020

Dr. Jack Cush Reviews the news and journal articles from the past week on

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Oral Dysbiosis May Antedate Rheumatoid Arthritis

Oct 06, 2020

A study of oral microbiome in anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) positive at-risk individuals without synovitis (CCP+at risk) shows dysbiotic subgingival microbiomes and increased abundance of P. gingivalis compared with controls.

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Systemic Steroids Reduce Mortality in COVID-19

Oct 06, 2020

JAMA Internal Medicine reports an analysis of COVID-19 clinical trials showing that critically ill patients with COVID-19 treated with systemic corticosteroids have an overall lower mortality rate.

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2020 Nobel Prize in Medicine Goes to the Discovery of Hepatitis C

Oct 05, 2020

The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice for the discovery of Hepatitis C virus. These three scientists made a decisive contribution to the fight against blood-borne

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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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Low Risk of Latent TB with Secukinumab

Oct 01, 2020

TB reactivation and latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) are warned against with biologic agents, especially TNF inhibitors; yet clinical trial data now shows that the risk of LTBI with IL-17 inhibition via secukinumab is uncommon.

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Hydroxychloroquine Fails as Pre-exposure Prophylaxis for COVID-19

Sep 30, 2020

Numerous previous studies have questioned the efficacy or protection afforded by hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for COVID-19 and studies have show that HCQ has failed when given as post-exposure prophylaxis to health care workers (HCWs).  A new randomized controlled trial has shown that HCQ failed

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RheumNow Podcast – Cardiovascular Risk in Psoriatic Disease (9.25.20)

Sep 24, 2020

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news and Journal articles from the past week on

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Young Adults are Driving Up COVID-19 Rates

Sep 23, 2020

CDC reports that since June 2020 individuals infected with COVID-19 have largely been young adults in the 20-29 year age bracket. Moreover, younger adults appeared to be driving community transmission of COVID-19. 

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Livedo, Purpura and Coagulopathy in Severe COVID-19

Sep 23, 2020

JAMA Dermatology expands the spectrum of complications seen with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection describing cutaneous purpura and livedo lesions in patients with severe COVID-19.

A flurry of recent reports have described livedoid and necrotic

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CDC Reverses Guidance for Asymptomatic COVID Contacts

Sep 22, 2020

Asymptomatic people who have been exposed to COVID-19 should be tested, the CDC said on Friday, in a reversal of controversial guidance the agency introduced in late August.

It is now unequivocal, with the agency stating that for individuals without symptoms who have been in close

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RheumNow Podcast – Lupus Delights (9.18.20)

Sep 18, 2020

Dr Jack Cush reviews the news and journal reports from the past week on

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COVID-19 Risks in Pregnant Women

Sep 17, 2020

There has been little science or evidence regarding the effects of COVID-19 infection on pregnancy and vice versa; and now the recent MMWR addresses the subject with two new reports

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Taiwan National Health population study of 650 SLE and non-SLE controls undergoing hip replacement. SLE did not incr risk of early prosthetic infx, but did incr risk of late superficial wound infection (11.4% vs.

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Sep 16, 2020

RheumNow Podcast – To Celiac Test or Not? (9.4.20)

Sep 04, 2020

Dr Jack Cush reviews the news, journal articles and takes a few Back Talk questions this week:

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COVID and the Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children

Aug 31, 2020

Lancet Infectious Disease has reviewed the epidemiology, causes, clinical features, and current treatment for the multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) and adolescents associated with COVID-19, noting severe organ damage can occur pediatric COVID-19 patients who are severely

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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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