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RheumNow Podcast – Falling or Falling in Love?

By Jack Cush, MD
06 May 2021

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

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Unique Oral Microbiome in Early and Pre-Clinical RA

By Jack Cush, MD
06 May 2021

An oral microbiome study of rheumatoid arthritis patients suggests that periodontal condition in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis and individuals at risk of RA.

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ARTIC REWIND - Don't Half DMARD Therapy

By Jack Cush, MD
06 May 2021

The ARTIC-REWIND study examined rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients in remission on conventional synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (csDMARDs) to see if they could "step-down" their csDMARDs theray; but  the study showed that 25% those who went on half-dose experienced disease flares

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Drug Monitoring Ineffective with Infliximab Treatment

By Jack Cush, MD
05 May 2021

The predictive value of therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) while on biologics is debateable; gastroenterology routinely relies on TDM, while rheumatologists do not.

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Childhood Lupus May Hamper Adult Careers

By Jack Cush, MD
04 May 2021

Long-term outcomes of kids with childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (cSLE) are uncommon, but this cSLE cohort analysis suggests that SLE significantly impacts their future education, vocation, and employment as they reach adulthood.

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Autoimmune Thyroid Disease in Women

By Jack Cush, MD
04 May 2021

JAMA has posted an insights article reviewing autoimmune thyroid disease in women. Thyroid autoimmunity has a higher prevalence in women and with increasing age. Similar to many autoimmune disorders, thyroid disease is more common in women than in men.

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Higher Cardiovascular Risks with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

By Jack Cush, MD
03 May 2021

The Journal of the American College of Cardiology has published the results of a study showing that patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have an increased risk of heart failure (HF) and other long-term cardiovascular outcomes. 

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Uric Acid: A Major Player in the Metabolic Syndrome

By Jack Cush, MD
03 May 2021

An open source, free read from the European Journal of Internal Medicine discusses how uric acid has evolved from the toxic cause of gout and nephrolithiasis and evolved, by way of science, into a pleiotropic recidivist in the evolution of obesity, diabetes, insulin resistance, renal disease, hypertension, fatty liver, and cardiovascular disease.

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RheumNow Podcast – Uppers and Downers

By Jack Cush, MD
30 April 2021

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

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Predictors of Methotrexate Toxicity

By Jack Cush, MD
30 April 2021

A metanalysis showed that while adverse events (AEs) are common when methotrexate is used in rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory arthritis patients, serious AEs ranged from 2.1 to 9.5% and drug discontinuations ranged from 6.7% to 15.5%, mostly due to gastrointestinal events. 

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