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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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CORRONA registry compared Triple DMARD (MSH) to TNF/MTX Rx; MSH is infrequently used; Triple DMARD pts were older, longer Dz duration, less Dz activity, more CA & comorbidities.

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May 27, 2020

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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Low Risk of COVID-19 Pneumonia in Rheumatic Patients

May 25, 2020

A current letter in the Annals of Rheumatic Disease details the rheumatic disease patient cohort outcomes from the University of Siena, Italy showing only 2 cases of COVID-19 among 859 patients treated with tsDMARDs and bDMARDs.

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No Certain Link between Biologics and Melanoma Risk

May 21, 2020

A review of available data fails to show an increased risk of melanoma in IMID (inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriasis) patients treated with systemic biologic therapies.  



There have been sporadic uncontrolled observational reports suggesting a link between

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A patient service Video - How to Manage your Arthritis Medications (in the time of COVID) - View the video here: https://t.co/hWW0h8wCZn or listen to the podcast on iTunes or here>> https://t.co/8wV4V2pYY5
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May 21, 2020

Anti-TNF and CNS Events: The Link Strengthens

May 20, 2020

Patients with autoimmune diseases who were treated with tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors had an increased risk of developing inflammatory central nervous system (CNS) adverse events, a nested case-control study found.

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TNR - COVID-Rheumatology Registry & COVID in OZ

May 19, 2020

This week's Tuesday Nite Rheumatology features presentations and interviews with Drs. Peter Nash and Philip Robinson. Dr. Robinson presents latest data on the Rheum-Covid.org Registry, that he helped establish under the Global Rheumatology Alliance. Dr. Nash presents the impact of COVID in

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High Dose Anakinra Effective in COVID-19

May 18, 2020

Anakinra was studied in 29 COVID(+) patients with respiratory distress and high inflammatory markers (CRP or ferritin) and compared to non-anakinra patients, those on anakinra had better survival (90% vs. 56% ;p=0·009) and greater improvements in CRP and pulmonary function (72% vs 50%) compared

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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

Secukinumab Better than Adalimumab - Maybe?

May 11, 2020

The EXCEED study was a head-to-head trial of secukinumab (SEC) versus adalimumab (ADA) as first-line monotherapy in psoriatic arthritis (PsA) patients; this 52 week trial showed that while SEC failed to achieve clinical superiority over ADA, SEC treated patients demonstrated higher

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Biologic Dose Cuts Feasible in RA

May 04, 2020

Many patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who achieved remission or low disease activity on biologic treatment were able to reduce the dose of their biologic, particularly if they were also on methotrexate, a retrospective study found.

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ACR has published COVID-19 Recs -American College of Rheumatology Guidance for the Management of Adult Patients with Rheumatic Disease During the COVID‐19 Pandemic by Mikuls Johnson Fraenkel Arasaratnam Baden Bermas Chatham https://t.co/wwpslcLXx2

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Apr 30, 2020

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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French retrospective study of 429 pts (302 SpA, 127 PsA) compared 203 on TNF inhib mAb vs 226 on etandercept as 1st TNFi.
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Apr 28, 2020

TNF Inhibitors Reduce and Stabilize Coronary Plaque

Apr 27, 2020

Arthritis & Rheumatology reports that biologic (bDMARD) use in rheumatoid arthritis may decrease cardiovascular disease risk by retarding coronary plaque formation and progression (especially non‐calcified and low‐attenuation plaque).

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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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ACR Guidance for Rheumatic Disease during COVID-19 pandemic #Rheumatology @RheumNow https://t.co/vHav6g4p6Q
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Apr 24, 2020

Lower Risk of Diabetes with Abatacept

Apr 20, 2020

 Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treated with abatacept (Orencia) had a lower risk of developing diabetes mellitus compared with those receiving certain tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors, a large cohort study suggested.

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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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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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Guselkumab a Hit in Phase III for PsA

Apr 13, 2020

The monoclonal antibody guselkumab (Tremfya), which binds the interleukin (IL)-23 p19 subunit, was effective for psoriatic arthritis in two large clinical trials, providing comprehensive benefits for this heterogeneous disorder, investigators reported in The Lancet.

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NICE Guidelines on Managing Rheumatologic Conditions During COVID-19 Pandemic

Apr 07, 2020

On April 3rd, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK, published a rapid guideline for managing children and adults with rheumatological autoimmune, inflammatory and metabolic bone disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic, while protecting staff from infection.

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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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