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RheumNow Podcast - The Elusive Hand OA Problem (12.13.19)

Dec 13, 2019

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

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RheumNow Podcast – Boiling Hot MAS (7.12.19)

Jul 11, 2019

Dr. Jack Cush reviews this week's news and journal reports featured on PsA v. non-PsA pregnancies, Still's disease, lupus, nutritional supplements and dietary interventions, use of cannabis, tanezumab in OA, CBD oils and more.

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CAM Use is Common in Psoriasis

Jun 28, 2019

The July issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology reports that patients with psoriasis are frequent users of complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) largely because of disatisfaction with traditional medications.

The National Psoriasis Foundation

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RheumNow Podcast – A Tofa Two-fer (4.12.19)

Apr 12, 2019

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

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Dietary Supplements Fail to Reduce Mortality Risks

Apr 11, 2019

An NIH funded prospective study has shown that the use of daily dietary supplements was not associated with a subsequent lowering of mortality risk.

Data from 30,899 adults surveyed in NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) sought to examine the association between

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RheumNow Podcast - Scurvy and Mechanics (2-1-19)

Feb 01, 2019

Dr. Jack Cush reviews new journal articles, news reports, and more from the past week on

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Limited Impact of Vitamin D Supplementation

Dec 03, 2018

A systematic review of 81 studies on vitamin D concludes that vitamin D supplementation does not prevent fractures or falls, or have clinically meaningful effects on bone mineral density.

Metanalyses specifically looked at studies addressing total or hip fractures, falls, or bone

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RheumNow Podcast – To Needle or Not to Needle (11.30.18)

Nov 30, 2018

Dr. Jack Cush updates the news and reports from the past week at

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Vitamin D Fails to Improve Bone Health

Oct 05, 2018

The current edition of Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology suggests that neither vitamin D supplementation, nor dose, will improve bone density or prevent fractures in adults. (Citation source:


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Complementary Therapies in Psoriasis

Sep 26, 2018

A systematic review in Archives of Dermatology suggests that among complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies, the most effective are indigo naturalis, curcumin, dietary modification, meditation, and acupuncture.

It is estimated that  nearly half of patients with psoriasis

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Mediterranean Diet Reduces Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Sep 12, 2018

High adherence to a Mediterranean diet appears to be associated with a lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), especially in men and those who are seropositive, according to a study published in Arthritis Research & Therapy.

Researchers from the Karolinska Institutet

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Dietary Recommendations for Psoriatic Disease

Aug 21, 2018

A systematic review by the Medical Board of the National Psoriasis Foundation examined the role of diet in managing adult patients with psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis and suggest that dietary interventions to reduce disease severity.

A metanalysis of 55 studies and 4534 patients

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Fish Oil Fails in Dry Eye Trial

May 03, 2018

Many topical and OTC products are recommended when treating chronic dry eyes, including omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil or n−3 fatty acids) to relieve symptoms; the NEJM reports that the DREAM trial shows no clinical benefit of n−3 fatty acids for 12 months when compared to

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NHANES: Trends in Calcium Supplements

Mar 30, 2018

The journal Bone reports that given excess calcium intake may not be entirely free from unintended health consequences, it's important to undestand trends in calcium supplement use. 

NHANES surveyed 42,038 adults, examining trends in supplemental calcium intake between 1999 and

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The RheumNow Week in Review - 16 March 2018

Mar 16, 2018

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the highlights from the news, journals and major meetings. Bigtime rheumatologic lessons with tales from intestinal crypts, the friendly skies & the hips of hockey players. Also the microbiome and lupus, benefits of ENT findings with GPA and rare risk of

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The RheumNow Week in Review - 2 March 2018

Mar 05, 2018

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

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Diet During Pregnancy May Influence Future Allergic or Autoimmune Disease

Mar 01, 2018

A systematic review of the literature on the relationship between diet during pregnancy, lactation, or the first year of life suggests that maternal ingestion of probiotic and fish oil supplementation may reduce risk of eczema and allergic sensitization to food, respectively.

Using the

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Calcium and Vitamin D Do Not Increase Cardiac Events/Death

Feb 19, 2018

An analysis of the UK Biobank study found no link between calcium/vitamin D supplementation and incident cardiovascular events/deaths in a large prospective study of 475,255 men and women aged 40 to 69 years.

Results published in Journal of Bone and Mineral Research used registry data

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Vitamin D Insensitivity in the Rheumatoid Joint

Nov 22, 2017

Researchers from the University of Birmingham have shown that while Vitamin D may be effective at preventing the onset of inflammation, it is less effective once inflammatory disease is established - largely because, once established, rheumatoid arthritis leads to vitamin D insensitivity. (

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The RheumNow Week in Review - 17 November 2017

Nov 17, 2017

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news and highlights from the past week on This week he covers FDA warnings on gout drugs, steroid use in Australia, biosimilars lost savings and methotrexate hepatotoxicity in psoriatic arthritis (PsA).

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The Unregulated $37 Billion Supplement Industry

Aug 21, 2017

In 1994 there were 600 supplement companies, producing 4,000 OTC supplement products for a total revenue of about $4 billion. Today we have close to 6,000 companies, producting nearly 75,000 supplement products, bringing in $37 billion annually.  And all of this is regulated by 26 people and

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The RheumNow Week in Review – 2 June 2017

Jun 02, 2017

Dr. Jack Cush reviews highlights from the past week on 

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Chondroitin Effective in Knee OA. Or is it?

Jun 01, 2017

Reginster and colleagues have reported on the results of the CONCEPT trial showing that osteoarthritis (OA) patients treated 800 mg/day of  pharmaceutical-grade chondroitin sulfate (CS) have less VAS pain scores and improved function over 6 months therapy. These results were superior to

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Little Evidence Favoring the Health Benefits of Vitamin D

Jul 21, 2016

Vitamin D certainly plays a pivotal role in bone health and immune function. However, vitamin D (especially its deficiency) has been casually observed to be associated with numerous conditions (cancer, multiple sclerosis, depression, respiratory tract infections, immune disorders), poor

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Mediterranean Diet Reduces Hip Fracture Risk

Mar 29, 2016

Eating a Mediterranean diet full of fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, legumes and whole grains appears to be associated with a lower risk of hip fracture in women, although the actual risk reduction was small, according to a new study published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.


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