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Half the Experts are Wrong (2.17.2023)

Feb 17, 2023

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news and tries to stump the expert panel this week on the podcast.

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High- Versus Low-Dose Exercise Therapy for Knee Osteoarthritis The Annals of Internal medicine has reported the results of high-dose versus low-dose exercise therapy demonstrating no benefits from more intense exercise.

Poorer health outcomes for at-risk patients with fractures

Jan 18, 2023

People at high risk of fracture who also have complex or multiple chronic medical conditions are less likely to receive treatment for the underlying osteoporosis and also have poorer health outcomes, according to a new study from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.  


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2022 Rheumatology Year in Review (1-6-2023)

Jan 06, 2023

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the best of 2022 in Rheumatology - highlights on new drug indications, breakthrough lupus therapies, new biosimilars and the multivitamin letdown.

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Marginal Benefit with Diet and Exercise in Obese Knee Osteoarthritis Patients The easiest intervention for knee osteoarthritis (diet and exercise) is also the most difficult for many patients; but do these work?

Will a vegetarian diet and exercise actually help RA disease activity?

Nov 25, 2022

The exact role of diet, physical activity, and stress management in the management of RA has long been debated. While reasonable evidence has supported the importance of physical activity in patients with RA, its capacity to reduce disease activity via conventional measures such as DAS28 was

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The spicy topic of turmeric in rheumatoid arthritis

Nov 14, 2022

Curcumin, the active constituent of turmeric extract, has increasingly been promoted as a potential rheumatoid arthritis therapy, but data presented at ACR22 suggests that even in ideal situations, it is unable to do any better than placebo in replacing conventional RA therapies.

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Is exercise the missing medicine in lupus?

Nov 14, 2022

For lupus, sedentary lifestyle may be a driving force of disease activity.  Today, the final day of ACR, Sarah Patterson, MD from UCSF will present

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#Exercise does NOT increase the risk for knee replacement but can provide a protective effect - Dr Scanzelloe on #OA @rheumnow #acr22 #acrreview

Infections & Lupus (10.28.2022)

Oct 28, 2022

Dr. Jack Cush discusses the news and journal reports from the past week on RheumNow. This week more lupus nephritis, more drug induced lupus and more lupus infections that may kill. 

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RheumNow Podcast – “That’s Not My Name” (10.7.2022)

Oct 07, 2022

Dr. Jack Cush goes off on "Untitling" (not using proper names/titles) in the clinic, in addition to reports on rheumatologist salaries, new drugs in phase 1-3 development and the range of COVID-19 MSK symptoms -- all from the past week on

  1. Microbiome analyses of

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Need to Quit Smoking ASAP

Oct 04, 2022

While it is known that smoking ups the risk of developing RA, its effect on outcomes in those with established rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is less known.  A report from an early arthritis registry shows that current smoking increases disease activity and lowers health-related quality of life.

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Yoga Fails to Benefit Knee Osteoarthritis

Sep 20, 2022

The Annals of Internal Medicine has published a study showing online yoga education and an unsupervised yoga program may improve physical function did not improve knee pain after 12 weeks and 24 weeks.

The study included 212 adults with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis who were

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Goofy But True

Sep 02, 2022

Dr. Jack Cush discusses declining survival rates in the USA, FDA approvals of new COVID subvariant boosters and other odd and possibly true new research reports from the past week on

  1. After historic drop in 2020 (COVID), life expectancy in USA dropped again,

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NICE Guidelines on Gout Diagnosis and Management

Aug 31, 2022

NICE (UK) has systematically reviewed current medical evidence and delivered a set of recommendations with consideration of cost effectiveness.

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Weight Loss Slows Knee OA Progression

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Aug 23, 2022

Declines in body mass index (BMI) were linked with slower worsening of knee osteoarthritis (OA), according to data from three large longitudinal cohort studies.

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Managing JDM with Calcinosis

Aug 19, 2022

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news and journal reports from this past week on RheumNow and discusses a case of refractory juvenile dermatomyositis with calcinosis.

  1. CDC report of fungal infx in US 2019 - coccidioidomycosis (20,061), histoplasmosis (1,124) & blastomycosis (240

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Hit Parade Review (8.12.2022)

Aug 12, 2022

We've got a lot to discuss this week: psoriasis; fatigue; sleep; sural nerve biopsies; uveitis and SpA; diet and RA; tofacitinib and the ORAL surveillance study; what not to take with mycophenolate - and more. In what order should these items be discussed? This week the run down is based on

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Arthritis - a Leading Chronic Condition Among Young Adults (18─34 Yrs)

Aug 11, 2022

MMWR from last week focused on chronic conditions in young adults showing they are common, costly, and major causes of death and disability. Overall arthritis ranks behind five more common chronic condition in young adults - obesity, depression, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia and asthma

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The Great Unknowns (8.5.2022)

Aug 05, 2022

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news, FDA approvals, journal articles from the past week on RheumNow; plus viewer questions. This week great hopes for vitamin D, the great unknows of CSA and the great big mess that is the gout.

  1. 521 clinically suspect arthralgia (CSA) pts were

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Krill Oil Effective in Knee Osteoarthritis

Aug 02, 2022

Krill oil supplements in knee osteoarthritis (OA) was shown to be superior to placebo in reducing knee pain, stiffness and function while increasing the omega-3 index. Krill oil, rich in anti-inflammatory long-chain (LC) omega-3 ( ω–3) PUFAs and astaxanthin, is thought to be safe and now

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New podcast up—“What Worries You, Masters You” We review recent news, regulatory and guideline updates from the past week. Studies on MTX use, COVID vaccination, Supplements and vitamins, and arthrocentesis despite anticoagulation are discussed.

What Worries You, Masters You (7.1.2022)

Jul 01, 2022

Dr. Jack Cush reviews recent news, regulatory and guideline updates from the past week on  Studies on methotrexate use, COVID vaccination, Supplements and vitamins, and arthrocentesis despite anticoagulation are discussed.

  1. FDA approved Abbvies risakizumab-rzaa

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Are You Wasting Money on Supplements or Vitamins?

Are You Wasting Money on Supplements or Vitamins?

Jun 27, 2022

The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has updated its recommendations regarding the efficacy of supplements or multivitamins for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and mortality in the general adult population.

The USPSTF concluded there is insufficient

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