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Articles By Jack Cush, MD


ACR Calls on CMS for Enhanced Transparency & Reporting

The American College of Rheumatology has submitted its response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) request for information and feedback from stakeholders on how best to enhance Medicare Advantage data capabilities and increase public transparency.

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Role of Diet in Gout Risk

Diet has long been influential in gout care and risks. A large cohort study has shown that plant-based diets may reduce the risk of developing gout. This prospective study assessed the risk of developing incident gout based on consumption of healthy and unhealthy plant-based diets.

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ACR’s Run at Goliath (PCPs) (5.31.2024)

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the journal reports and articles from this past week on The ACR (and Cush) address their new website designed to educate PCPs and APPs - what do you think?

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Metformin Lowers Gout Risk in Pre-Diabetes

A large, propensity score-matched cohort study shows that metformin use in patients with pre-diabetes significantly lowers the risk of future gout. 

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Biologic-treated Psoriasis has Less Progression to Psoriatic Arthritis

A single center study demonstrates that biologic treatment of psoriasis (PsO) significantly reduces the likelihood of psoriatic arthritis (PsA) development; suggesting a role for more aggressive treatment of PsO. 

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The Window of Opportunity (5.24.2024)

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the journal reports and news from the past week on This week: blockbuster drugs, opioids in rheumatology and nontreatment of inflammatory arthritis?

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Biomarkers Predictive of a Deucravacitinib Response in Psoriatic Arthritis

A phase II trial demonstrating the clinical efficacy of deucravacitinib, a TYK2 inhibitor, in psoriatic arthritis (PsA) suggests specific biologic effects identified by biomarkers may predict clinical responses.

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Window of Opportunity in Psoriatic Arthritis

The Dutch southwest Early psoriatic arthritis (PsA) cohort study has demonstrated that the earlier the referral and diagnosis of PsA, the better the outcome. 

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No Link Between Autoimmune Diseases and Monoclonal Gammopathy of Undetermined Significance

Annals of Internal Medicine reports a study of more than 75,000 persons screened for monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) and found no association between autoimmune rheumatic disease (AIRD) and MGUS.

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SLE Cost of Care and Disease Activity

A longitudinal, multinational study shows that SLE patients achieving remission or low disease activity incur lower overall direct/indirect (DCs, ICs) healthcare costs than those with persistent activity. 

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