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Intensity and longevity of SARS-CoV-2 vaccination response in patients with immune-mediated inflammatory disease: a prospective cohort study https://t.co/1fiNgBQUbr looks like lower ab response and drops over 6 mths - boosters important in our patients

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Aug 15, 2022
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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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Study of diet & RA in 100 new RA & 197 controls; fish/seafood consumption assoc w/ less RA risk (OR 0.52; 0.27–0.98); but processed meat intake yielded increased RA risk (OR 3.45; CI 1.78–6.68). No significant association btw RA and red meats or poultry https://t.co/wLpHfA50mY https://t.co/p2EOLBKrwW
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Aug 09, 2022
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More Bad Safety News for Xeljanz

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Aug 08, 2022

Another analysis of the mandatory postmarketing safety study for tofacitinib (Xeljanz) has confirmed what most observers expected: that rates of infection with the drug in rheumatoid arthritis are higher than with tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors.

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Study of 57 #RA pts. w/ ILD treated with abatacept. Lung progression in 46% before ABA. After median 27 mos of follow-up, ILD - 72% improved or stabilized - 23% worsened - 5% died. No significant change in FVC, DLCO ILD worse assoc w/ DAS28, FVC DLCO https://t.co/kLa61ZS8dt https://t.co/7XhqxcHuCt
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Aug 08, 2022
#RA disease activity drives risk of hospitalized infections (SIE). Study of 3,254 RA pts w/ 529 hospitalized infx. SIE seen 3.8/100 person Yrs in remission, 6.6/100PY w/ low Dz activity & 8/100PY w/ moderate Dz activity. HR was 1.60 w/ LDA and 1.83 w/ MDA https://t.co/i4bSsnRiHk https://t.co/kcN9ZvpSOn
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Aug 05, 2022
521 clinically suspect arthralgia (CSA) pts were assessed - Low educational attainment was associated with increased risk of developing inflammatory arthritis (HR = 2.35), independent of BMI & smoking https://t.co/h1bXDfxaQk https://t.co/g2ign0HDmj
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Aug 05, 2022
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JAK Inhibitors in Difficult Still’s Disease

Aug 05, 2022

A small retrospective study suggests that patients with difficult to treat adult-onset Still's disease (AOSD) or sytemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (sJIA) may respond well to JAK inhibitor (JAKi) agents - presumable by blocking pro-inflammatory cytokines, notably IL-6 and IFN.



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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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The Approach to Difficult to Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis Tan and Buch have reviewed the approach to D2T-RA), with a new EULAR definiation of D2T-RA to foster an approach rationale and concideration of treatment options.https://t.co/CfCvgbl3VP https://t.co/OKzyY79shU
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Aug 04, 2022
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ACR Updated Guideline on Vaccinations for Rheumatic Patients

Aug 04, 2022

The ACR has posted a new ACR Clinical Practice Guideline Summary providing recommendations on the use of vaccinations for children and adults with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs).



This guideline builds on past

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The Approach to Difficult to Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis

Aug 03, 2022

Tan and Buch have reviewed the approach to difficult to treat rheumatoid arthritis (D2T-RA), with a new EULAR definiation of D2T-RA to foster an approach rationale and concideration of treatment options.



D2T-RA is defined by failure of at least two different mechanism of action

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Risk of incident & recurrent H.Zoster higher after tofacitinib - Korean claims analysis of 11,720 seropos. RA pts Rx w/ bDMARD or tofacitinib (2011-19). 14% got HZ. Compared to other biologics (ABA), Tofa incr HZ (HR 2.5) & recurrence (HR 3.69) https://t.co/lDuqdtkIjR https://t.co/zJ3ArS3gGs
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Aug 02, 2022
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Social Media Questions (7.29.2022)

Jul 29, 2022

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news, journal reports and rheumatologist cases from the past week on RheumNow.com. This podcast is brought to you by StillsNow.com - be sure to sign up for our monthly StillsNow email and Monthly StillsNow Podcast.




  1. Study of 63 Thalassemia pts (50

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Study of 63 Thalassemia pts (50 transfusion dep) w/ 22% α-, 73% β-, 5% α- & β-thal. 23 had inflammatory rheumatic Dz (IRD: RA 9, gout 6, SLE 3, SpA 2). ANA+ in 10% w/o IRD & Transfusion Dep had more + tests for direct Coombs & ANA https://t.co/QW6ecv98F1 https://t.co/GO3xC86hLc
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Jul 28, 2022
TREAT EARLIER Study - Is MTX Intevention in Pre-Clinical RA Warranted?https://t.co/rGcm1DSwJk https://t.co/paBrJVMXdP
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Jul 28, 2022
No Risk of RA w/ coffee consumption -- Swedish EIRA study, included 2184 early RA pts. High Coffee (>6 cups/day) was assoc w/ increased RA risk (OR 1.50;1.20–1.88) that was lost after adjusting for smoking (OR 1.14;0.89–1.45). https://t.co/3SIeHD4fII https://t.co/NqkjmuzSaV
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Jul 27, 2022
BSRBR mandates LFTs q3 mos if on MTX. 1011 RA pts during the pandemic had median of 5 blood tests & median interval of 57 days. 61% pts had 1 prolonged interval (99-150d) & 24% had multiple. Cytopenia & ^LFTs were not increased by interval length https://t.co/VqY4qIMvOS https://t.co/HcTcmFBuvq
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Jul 27, 2022
210 consecutive #RA pts starting #MTX looked at effect of autoantibodies on drug response. DAS28-CRP low dz activity at 6 mos was significantly lower with SSA+ (56% v 76%, P=0.03) - which was more significant than CCP+ or RF+ https://t.co/DoEtldBXi4Figures https://t.co/yIECjLiEwl
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Jul 27, 2022
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U.S. News & World Report’s 2022–23 Rheumatology Rankings

Jul 27, 2022

The Johns Hopkins Hospital has repeated its top rank among US Rheumatology centers - ranking #1 for the 18th year in a row, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2022–23 Best Hospitals list released yesterday.



U.S. News and World Reports ranking of U.S. Hospitals and

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Have you checked out our new sister-site, Still's Now? A new site for Still's disease, autoinflammatory & febrile disorders.https://t.co/oWEugnOB6k https://t.co/5jwiP2Xqrz
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Jul 26, 2022
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TREAT EARLIER Study - Is MTX Intevention in Pre-Clinical RA Warranted?

Jul 26, 2022

Management of arthralgias before a certified rheumatoid arthritis (RA) diagnosis is challenging - should one use DMARD therapy before clinically evident synovitis in a preemptive effort to avoid or forestall the diagnosis or damage of RA? A novel study has shown that MTX initiated in

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Risk of hospitalized infection (SIE) goes up with #RA disease activity. Study of 3,254 RA Pts with 529 SIE - SIE rates lowest with remission (3.8/100PY), vs low dz activity (6.6/100PY; OR 1.60) vs moderate activity (8.8/100PY; OR 183) https://t.co/EWbX7N7fiG https://t.co/Y8bRn2XATF
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Jul 26, 2022
Sometimes the journey impacts as much as the destination. TREAT-EARLIER now @TheLancet: pre-RA (CSA+MRI) DBRCT: po MTX for 1y (+im mpred120x1) vs placebo eventual RA same but persistent benefit at 2y (1y post-MTX cessation): function, Sx, presenteeism, MRI a short thread🧵1/7 https://t.co/64b7us6hvS
Jul 23, 2022
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