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Adherence to Hydroxychloroquine Lowers Lupus Mortality

By Jack Cush, MD
07 January 2021

A lupus cohort study from British Columbia, Canada has shown that medication adherence with hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is associated with a 71% to 83% lower mortality. 

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Rhapsody Study: IL-1 Inhibition in Recurrent Pericarditis

By Jack Cush, MD
06 January 2021

Recurrent pericarditis is a rare, probable autoinflammatory disorder mediated by interleukin-1 (IL-1); and is often refractory to glucocorticoids and colchicine.

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EULAR Guidance on Patient Adherence to Meds

By Jack Cush, MD
06 January 2021

Non-adherence may be the single most untold risk to suboptimal outcomes in the care of musculoskeletal disease.  It has been estimated that 30-80% of patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) are nonadherent to prescribed regimens.  EULAR has commissioned a task force to study t

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Zoomatology – Present in Absentia

By Jack Cush, MD
06 January 2021

Are you a zoomatologist or a doomsatologist? Zoom has replaced the meeting, the teleconference or the board meeting. If your old meetings were bad, then your replacement zoom meetings will also be bad, if not worse. Largely because you have failed to master the medium. Here are the new rules of Zoom.

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20,21 Whatever it Takes

By Jack Cush, MD
05 January 2021

Amazingly, we made it through 2020, a most forgettable year. Life was great in the first 3 months of 2020, and then COVID hit the fan and a pandemic steamroller derailed life as we knew it.

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COVID-19 Vaccination - Phase Ib Begins

By Jack Cush, MD
04 January 2021

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a timeline guidance document on when, how and who should get the commercially available COVID-19 vaccines. 

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Telemedicine Less Utilized in the South and Urban Areas

By Jack Cush, MD
04 January 2021

MMWR has reported on a July 2020 survey study from 1,009 Health Resources and Services Administration–funded health centers showing that urban Health centers were more likely to provide virtual visits than those in rural areas.

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Plaquenil Does Not Protect Lupus Patients from COVID-19 (Best of 2020)

By Jack Cush, MD
31 December 2020

Annals of Rheumatic Disease reports on an analysis of lupus (SLE) patients that shows COVID-19 infection rates were similar between those lupus patients who were taking hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and those not taking HCQ. 

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Update on Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis (Best of 2020)

By Jack Cush, MD
31 December 2020

JAMA has published a clinical update of recent studies on GCA. While PET/CT scanning are novel means of demonstrating activity, they have not changed the diagnostic approach to GCA or PMR and although there are no new proven treatment strategies for PMR beyond glucocorticoids, the FDA has approved tocilizumab as a first-line glucocorticoid-sparing agent. 

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ACR 2020 Reproductive Guidelines - Medication Use with Pregnancy (Best of 2020)

By Jack Cush, MD
30 December 2020

The ACR has published guidelines to manage reproductive health issues in rheumatic disease (RMD) patients before, during and after pregnancy. In this second excerpt from their guidelines articles, we present recommendations (and good clinical practice statements) for paternal rheumatology medication use by men with RMD and on conventional rheumatology medications and biologic use in pregnancy for women with RMD. 

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