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Growing Cannabis Use in Arthritis Patients

Jul 21, 2021

The National Databank for Rheumatic Diseases reports a significant increased in cannabis use amongst arthritis patients between 2014-2019, suggesting patients are more frequently engaged in self-management of pain and the unmet need for a pain relieving, opioid-sparing alternative.


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Uric Acid: A Major Player in the Metabolic Syndrome

May 03, 2021

An open source, free read from the European Journal of Internal Medicine discusses how uric acid has evolved from the toxic cause of gout and nephrolithiasis and evolved, by way of science, into a pleiotropic recidivist in the evolution of obesity, diabetes, insulin resistance, renal disease,

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Weight Loss to Avert Risk of Gout

Mar 03, 2021

Analysis of the NHANES population survey data shows weight gain during adulthood increases the risk of gout and that maintaining normal weight could reduce the overall gout risk by nearly 33%.

Obesity and gout have long been linked, but the the influence of weight changes during

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RWCS Highlights - Day 3

Feb 15, 2021

Day 3 report from the 2021 RWCS meeting in Maui (and virtually) includes pearls from the PsA 2020 Year in Review; fact vs. fiction on evidence based medicine: diet and rheumatic diseases; hot topics in allergy/immunology; and pediatric rheumatology highlights.

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Four Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Gout

MedPage Today
Dec 14, 2020

JAMA Open Network reports that reducing four particular risk factors for gout could slash incident cases in men.

Over a 26-year period, about 77% (95% CI 56%-88%) of men likely could have avoided gout if they likewise avoid four major risk factors -- high BMI, poor diet high in salt,

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Poll results are in! 50% of those that responded note that they recommend breathing exercises, yoga, and increase dietary intake of turmeric and ginger to their RA patients! #ACR20 @RheumNow

Meral K. El Ramahi, MD @MeralElRamahiMD( View Tweet )

Nov 09, 2020
Do you recommend Omega-3 fish oil (2-9 grams per day) to your patients with RA (doubled blinded RCT in 140 pts w/ recent onset of RA showed increased likelihood of achieving remission & less failure of triple therapy in high-dose fish oil group). #ACR20 @RheumNow @LCalabreseDO

Meral K. El Ramahi, MD @MeralElRamahiMD( View Tweet )

Nov 08, 2020
Incredible lecture on the highest of therapeutics for rheumatoid arthritis by @BrighamWomens Dr Michael Weinblatt. Love this screen shot of A to Z for therapies prior to the methotrexate era. Z=Zero therapy (do nothing). Incredible advances since then!
Jeff Sparks @jeffsparks( View Tweet )
Oct 06, 2020

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

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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.


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