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First Look at COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance Registry

Jun 01, 2020

Gianfresco et al have published the first peer-reviewed analysis of COVID-19 infected, rheumatic disease patients entered into the Rheumatology Global Alliance registry; showing that a) rheumatic disease patient can be infected with COVID-19, b) that DMARD and biologic use has no apparent effect

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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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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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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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TNR Grand Rounds - What does COVID-19 have to do with Lupus?

May 13, 2020

Last night's Tuesday Nite Rheumatology featured Dr. Joan Merrill (OMRF). In her lecture, "What does COVID-19 have to do with lupus?", she discusses the pathogenesis of lupus, and specifically thrombotic microangiopathy, complementopathies, catastrophic lupus syndrome and the potential overlap

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New ACR Guidelines for Gout Management

May 12, 2020

The ACR has published the 2020 guidelines on the management of gout that includes strong recommendations favoring treat‐to‐target management and starting urate lowering therapy (ULT) for patients with frequent flares, radiographic damage or tophi due to gout.

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RheumNow Podcast – The Beat Goes On (5.8.20)

May 07, 2020

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

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TNR Grand Rounds: IL-6 in Health and Disease

May 06, 2020

Dr. Len Calabrese from the Cleveland Clinic delivers this week's Tuesday Nite Rheumatology Grand Rounds, entitled "IL-6 in Health and Disease: Where Rheumatology Meets COVID-19".

Dr. Calabrese provides a comprehensive review of IL-6 biology, and discusses IL-6 signaling, IL-6 roles in health,

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ACR: In-Person Urgent vs. Virtual Non-Urgent Medical Care

May 05, 2020

On April 26, 2020 the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) published a guidance paper to assist rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals in assessing the need for urgent or face-to-face medical care versus virtual or telehealth patient care.  The driving principals being the

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Cigarette Smoking and ANCA-Associated Vasculitis

May 05, 2020

JAMA Internal Medicine has reported that cigarette smoking associated with an increased odds of having antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody–associated vasculitis (AAV) (especially MPO positive AAV) and is thereby a modifiable risk factor for AAV.

In a case-control study, 473 AAV

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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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IL-6 Inhibitors May Benefit COVID-19 Infection

Apr 28, 2020

In the last few days there have been encouraging "preliminary" reports that IL-6 inhibition by either tocilizumab or sarilumab may be efficacious in patients with severe coronavirus infections.

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RheumNow Podcast – In Times of Trouble (4.24.20)

Apr 24, 2020

Dr Jack Cush reviews the news, journal reports, twitter feed and COVID developments from the past week on RheumNow.com

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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.

For more information on this subject or use of

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ACR COVID-19 Guidance for Rheumatic Disease Patients

Apr 14, 2020

On April 11th, the ACR Board of Directors approved a COVID-19 guidance document written by an ACR task force charged with updating and clarifying recommendations for rheumatologists and rheumatic disease patient management during the current COVID-19 crisis.

This ACR release, in its

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RheumNow Podcast – Pandemic Numbers (4.3.20)

Apr 03, 2020

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news on COVID-19 and FDA actions this past week. Be sure to check out:

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In Vasculitis, Beware of Infection

Mar 16, 2020

Risks of infection were strikingly high among patients with antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated (ANCA) vasculitis, which may relate to both the disease and its treatment, Scottish researchers found.

Compared with matched controls from the general population, the risk of

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Malignancies with Giant Cell Arteritis

Mar 11, 2020

The Journal of Rheumatology reports the findings of a Swedish population-based cohort study of biopsy-proven giant cell arteritis (GCA) patients showing that the overall risk for cancer was not increased; yet there appears to be an increased risk for leukemia and a decreased risk for breast

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Hospitalized GPA - Higher morbidity, Mortality and Cost

Mar 09, 2020

Rheumatology reports on a study of patients with granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) showing worse outcomes and higher costs when hospitalized with GPA.

GPA patients were identified from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) and were compared to those without GPA with regard to

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Venom Peptide-Steroid Conjugate Effective in Collagen Induced Arthritis

Mar 05, 2020

Science Translational Medicine features a report from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center showing that a scopion venom peptide, coupled to steroid, can significantly reduce joint inflammation in a rat model of rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Using a peptide shown to traffic

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Why You Should Come to RheumNow Live March 13th

Feb 26, 2020

RheumNow Live kicks off its second annual meeting - a little, big meeting in Fort Worth - in just 2 weeks and I think you should be there.

This 17.25 CME credit hour meeting runs from Friday afternoon (3/13) until Sunday morning (3/15), meaning you can drop in over a short weekend and

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BSR Guidelines for Giant Cell Arteritis

Feb 17, 2020

NICE has commissioned an update to the 2010 British Society for Rheumatology guideline for the management of giant cell arteritis, and proposed a total of 19 recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of GCA.

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RheumNow Podcast- A Good First Impression (1.24.20)

Jan 24, 2020

Dr Jack Cush comments on this week's journal articles, reviews and studies.

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