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
Debates over ideal candidates for total knee replacement (TKR) in osteoarthritis patients often excludes those who are obese, but a recent article in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that TKR is both effective and cost-effective in obese patients (BMI >40 kg/m2)Read Article
With the expansion of knowledge regarding the safety of newer agents in pregnancy comes the PreCARA study showing that when pregnancy is planned and patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are treated with a modified treat-to-target (T2T) approach, superior outcomes can be anticipated.Read Article
The question of whether psoriasis is a state or pre-clinical psoriatic arthritis has been addressed by several studies; with one suggesting that biologic use in psoriasis may aver the future development of psoratic arthritis (PsA).
A retrospecitve analysis of non-randomized moderate-Read Article
The Annals of Rheumatic Disease has published the results of a head-to-head trial showing that the Janus kinase-1 (JAK1) preferential inhibitor filgotinib was superior to a tumour necrosis factor-α inhibitor (adalimumab) in active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) on methotrexate (MTX).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
The potential transition from psoriasis (PsO) to psoriatic arthritis (PsA) has not been a strong focus for several years but is gaining momentum.
Many patients do have psoriasis before onset of symptoms. This question can either be explored retrospectively using existing data orRead Article
Dr. Philip Mease et al presented results of a phase II trial (OP0227) at EULAR 2021 that shows the efficacy and safety of an oral tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TYKi), deucravacitinib, for treatment of active psoriatic arthritis (PsA).Read Article
Foot pain is a common but underappreciated symptom of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and can be associated with worse disease, European researchers found.
In a cohort of 320 patients with RA, 69% reported foot or ankle pain, according to Morten Bilde Simonsen, PhD, of Aalborg University inRead Article
A recent metanalysis assessed the comparative efficacy of current first-line pharmacologic antiinflammatory interventions for gout flares and surmised that canakinumab and intravenous or intramuscular corticosteroids are superior to nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs [NSAIDs].
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
The Swedish Register compared outcomes of 1502 rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients initiating either biologics plus methotrexate (MTX) or triple therapy (MTX plus sulfasalazine plus hydroxychloroquine/chloroquine) and showed similar rates of sustained remission.
Sustained remission wasRead Article