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ICYMI: The Nine Lives of Hydroxychloroquine (Updated)

Jul 07, 2020

Hydroxychloroquine is one of many medications frequently used in rheumatology practice. Its remarkable versatility is attested by its routine use in lupus, in patients with an autoimmune coagulopathy, in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, as well as in those with a low-level inflammatory

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COVID's Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children

Jun 30, 2020

Two recent reports further characterize the newly described, Kawasaki-like,  syndrome affecting children with COVID-19 infections.

The NEJM describes the childhood syndrome as having Kawasaki’s disease, fever, toxic shock syndrome, acute abdominal conditions, and encephalopathy; hence the label

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Now with ~1,000 children and adolescents with multi-inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), it can be considered a new disease. Today new @NEJM reports and an editorial on its status. I've made a summary of some key points to start https://t.co/1HSWSvumpv
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Jun 29, 2020
The CHMP of the European Medicines Agency has recommended the label expansion of IL-17 inhibitor, Cosentyx (secukinumab) for the treatment of moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis in children and adolescents aged 6-18 years. https://t.co/1qYL5ASkrg

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Jun 29, 2020
Global prevalence of juvenile idiopathic arthritis is ~ 2,069,246 < 16 year olds compared with a prevalence of ~ 206,931 < 16 year olds with juvenile SLE. JIA is 10 times more prevalent than lupus in children < 16yrs. https://t.co/2xvhg59c1J

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Jun 28, 2020

ACR Outlines Best Practices for Kids With MIS-C

Jun 25, 2020

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19 infection has both similarities and differences with Kawasaki disease, and requires distinct clinical management, according to draft guidance from the American College of Rheumatology (ACR).



Age, symptoms,

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RheumNow Podcast – Enough Already with Weaning (6.19.20)

Jun 19, 2020

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

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Canakinumab First FDA-Approved Therapy for Adult-Onset Still's Disease

Jun 17, 2020

Yesterday, the FDA approved canakinumab (Ilaris) as treatment for adult-onset Still's disease (AOSD), the first ever FDA approved drug for AOSD.

Canakinumab, an interleukin-1 inhibitor, was FDA approved in 2013 for use children (aged 2 years and older) with systemic juvenile idiopathic

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Day 3 - Top 5 from EULAR 2020

Jun 10, 2020

These were my top abstracts from Thursday, 4th of June at EULAR 2020:

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#EULAR2020 panel on #COVID19 spec. situatns: 1. German regtry: very few preg rheum pts w/CV19; cases mild. 2. No info how CV19 affects APS 3. Very few ped rheum cases of CV19- cases mild; outcomes sim to gen peds pop 4.
Jun 05, 2020

RheumNow Podcast - Rheumatic Patients with COVID (5.29.20)

May 29, 2020

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

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TNR Grand Rounds - Cytokine Storm Syndromes

May 27, 2020

This week's Tuesday Nite Rheumatology featured Dr Randy Cron from the University of Alabama - Birmingham as he spoke and took questions on the immunology, immunopathogenesis and treatment of Cytokine Storm Syndrome, especially as they relate to COVID-19 and rheumatic disease patients. The

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Hydroxychloroquine Improves Survival in Lupus

May 26, 2020

Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) has dominated the news in recent weeks, because of poor outcomes reported when used in COVID patients. Yet, a recent report reaffirms what rheumatologists have known for years - that HCQ use is associated with better outcomes in systemic lupus erythematosus, including

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The Nine Lives of Hydroxychloroquine (Updated)

May 18, 2020

Hydroxychloroquine is one of many medications frequently used in rheumatology practice. Its remarkable versatility is attested by its routine use in lupus, in patients with an autoimmune coagulopathy, in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, as well as in those with a low-level inflammatory

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RheumNow Podcast - COVID Kids and Men (5.15.20)

May 15, 2020

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

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CDC on Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome

May 14, 2020

The latest hazardous spinoff to the coronavirus infection is an inflammatory, Kawasaki-like syndrome unique to children or adolescents with COVID-19. Sporadic reports from around the globe of this severe pediatric COVID syndrome have littered the news with brief mentions and little detail.

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BCG & COVID: 1) Israeli study shows BCG vaccination during childhood had no protective effect on getting COVID-19 infection later. 2) Bladder cancer pts on BCG therapy who get COVID infection, can safely take IL-6 or IL-1 inhibitors, Just not TNF inhib.

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May 14, 2020

Kids' COVID-Linked Ailment Is Not Your Typical Kawasaki Disease

May 14, 2020

As data continue to emerge about a multi-system inflammatory disorder in children apparently connected to COVID-19, evidence is growing that this is not your typical Kawasaki disease.



In New York, up to 102 children have reportedly developed this inflammatory syndrome, and three

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German Society of Rheumatology COVID Pandemic Recommendations

Apr 30, 2020

The Annals of Rheumatic Disease has published the preliminary recommendations of the German Society of Rheumatology for the management of Inflammatory rheumatic diseases patients during the SARS-CoV-2/Covid-19 pandemic.

These preliminary recommendations are based on an expert consensus from 17

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Rare Inflammatory Syndrome in Kids with COVID-19

Apr 29, 2020

Pediatricians are asking the question - could this be a rare manifestation of COVID-19 in children?

There are now 3 case reports in the U.S of children infected with the coronavirus who have developed what looks like Kawasaki's diseaes.  Simimar reports have been seen in the UK, Italy

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COVID-19 and the Slippery Road of Cytokine Storms

Apr 21, 2020

Early reports on the COVID-19 pandemic allude to a cytokine storm or hyper-inflammation, especially in patients who succumbed to the illness. These conclusions are based on elevated levels of ferritin and other inflammatory markers, drawing comparisons to rare diseases of uncontrolled

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Tuesday Nite Rheumatology Grand Rounds - Febrile Disorders

Apr 17, 2020

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the appproach to evaluating fever in adults suspected of having a rheumatic disease, Stills disease or autoinflammatory conditions. Presentations, fever duration, disease criteria and genetic testing are discussed.

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RheumNow Podcast – Drive Them Crazy (4.17.20)

Apr 17, 2020

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news, journal articles and new ACR COVID-19 guidelines from the past week on RheumNow.com.

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COVID-19 Rheumatology News

Mar 19, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic dynamically changing, we have provided several news items germane to the Rheumatologist.

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Earlier Anakinra Initiation Warranted in Still's Disease

Mar 12, 2020

An Italian study examined the outcomes in adult onset Still's disease (AOSD) based on whether they received early or delayed treatment with anakinra (ANK). 

A total of 141 AOSD patients were retrospectively studied.

Overall, they found no differences in efficacy if ANK was started

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