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RheumNow Podcast – Driving in Pain (8.20.2021)

Aug 20, 2021

You know, I'm a very good driver. We all think we're great drivers - but consider what it's like to drive in pain: would you be a good driver? Also, I want you to consider the diagnosis of calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate disease (CPPD). But first, let's look at a study out of Scotland, looking

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RheumNow Podcast – Booster Shots for COVID (8.13.2021)

Aug 13, 2021

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

  1. In a head to head trial Upadacitinib was superior to Dupilumab in Adults With Moderate-to-Severe Atopic Dermatitis. 24wk DBRCT, 924 pts given either UPA 30/d vsDUP 300 EOW. ESI75 response@

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Biologics Reduce Surgical Needs in RA

Aug 10, 2021

In Canada, biologic DMARDs (bDMARDs) were introduced after 2001, and since that time there have been significant reductions in hip and knee arthroplasty (THA/TKA) among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), but not in patients with osteoarthritis (OA).

A cohort of RA and OA

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Lumbar Spine Decompression Alone is Superior to Decompression with Fusion

Aug 05, 2021

The NEJM has published a multicenter study wherein patients with surgical lumbar spinal stenosis and degenerative spondylolisthesis were found to fair equally well (noninferior if treated with decompression surgery alone compared to decompression with instrumented fusion.

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Delays in Joint Replacement as JIA Patients Reach Adulthood

Aug 05, 2021

A retrospective cohort study examined the need for joint replacement surgery in juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and showed there has been a trend to delay arthroplasty over time. The JIA category, year of implant, and presence of complications significantly affected implant survivorship

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RheumNow Podcast – Psoriatic Arthritis Without Psoriasis (7.30.2021)

Jul 30, 2021

How much psoriasis do you need to have in order to have psoriatic arthritis? This plus a review of rheumatology and COVID news from the past week on

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RheumNow Podcast – As Good As I Ever Was (7.2.2021)

Jul 02, 2021

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

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Knee Replacement in Obese OA is Cost Effective

Jun 24, 2021

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)

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No requirement to stop cDMARDs before surgery. For biologics stop 1 dose before and restart 14 days post op, JAKi stop 7 days before, restart 14 days post op, glucocorticoids >10mg/day increases risk of infection in #rheumatoidarthritis Michael D George #EULAR2021

Dr. Antoni Chan @synovialjoints( View Tweet )

Jun 03, 2021
#EULAR Presentation 3478: Infection risk with surgeries: ⭐️Continue conventional DMARD ⭐️Some risk with biologics, may be confounder and no association with timing of infusions ⭐️Steroids are major risk factor! Esp >10 mg/d ⭐️Recommendations shown ⭐️Address other risks! @rheumnow
Eric Dein @ejdein1( View Tweet )
Jun 03, 2021
Bariatric surgery decreases the risk of moderate-to-severe hip or knee osteoarthritis. Burkard. OP0106 #EULAR2021 > FB
ARD & RMD Open @ARD_BMJ( View Tweet )
Jun 03, 2021

Foot Pain Commonly Overlooked in RA

MedPage Today
Jun 01, 2021

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 in

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Efficacy of 6 Weeks Antibiotics with Prosthetic Joint Infections

May 27, 2021

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 joint

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Total Ankle Arthroplasty vs. Arthodeisis?

May 19, 2021

 The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery reports the findings of a 4-year trial comparing outcomes of total ankle arthroplasty (TAA) versus ankle arthrodesis (AA) in patients with severe ankle arthritis; finding that while both groups improved, TAA was associated with less pain and better

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Cost Efficacy of Knee Replacement in Obese Osteoarthritis

Apr 05, 2021

Total knee replacement (TKR) in obese patients with end-stage knee osteoarthritis appears to be a beneficial and cost-effective strategy for treating. The only potential limitation is a greater risk for adverse events in those with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 kg/m2 or greater.

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RheumNow Podcast – Don’t Hold the Benlysta, Take the Vaccine (1.22.2021)

Jan 22, 2021

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news and journal articles from the past week on, with more than a dozen items to discuss on this week's podcast.

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RheumNow Podcast – Stop These COVID Mistakes (12.11.20)

Dec 11, 2020

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

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RheumNow Podcast – ACR 20 is Coming to Town (10.30.20)

Oct 29, 2020

Dr Jack Cush overviews the RheumNow commitment, upcoming bonus coverage of ACR20 and the good news and journal reports from the past week on

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RheumNow Podcast – Lupus Delights (9.18.20)

Sep 18, 2020

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

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RheumNow Podcast – To Celiac Test or Not? (9.4.20)

Sep 04, 2020

Dr Jack Cush reviews the news, journal articles and takes a few Back Talk questions this week:

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Durability of Total Shoulder Arthoplasty

Aug 27, 2020

A systematic review of the outcomes of total shoulder replacements (TSR), humeral hemiarthroplasties, and reverse total shoulder replacements finds that approximately 90% of shoulder replacements last for longer than 10 years with good patient-reported outcomes.

This metanalysis

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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

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Rituximab in Rheumatoid Vasculitis

Apr 15, 2020

The Journal of Rheumatology reports a retrospective, single center, analysis of 17 rheumatoid vasculitis patients who responded well to intravenous rituximab (RTX) therapy.

They identified 17 patients treated with RTX for systemic rheumatoid vasculitis from 2000 to 2017. At RV

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Low Risk with Immunosuppression at Surgery

Apr 13, 2020

The Annals of Rheumatic Disease reports that rheumatoid arthritis patients on biologic therapies do not have a greater risk of postoperative infection after hip fracture, abdominopelvic or cardiac surgery compared (compared with those on methotrexate alone) and that glucocorticoids were

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Bariatric Surgery Improves Rheumatoid Activity

Feb 25, 2020

Obesity is a risk factor for the onset of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and may also an impediment to optimal DMARD and biologic responses.  A new study has shown that after 1 year, obese RA patients undergoing bariatric surgery with weight loss had significantly lower disease activity.

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