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ICYMI: Some Good Things, During the Time of COVID-19

By Artie Kavanaugh, MD
09 July 2020

It is not hyperbole to acknowledge that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world, inflicting pain and suffering to many, and inconvenience to all. As everyone struggles to make it through these difficult times, it might be worth pointing out some small silver linings that have emerged despite this pernicious dark cloud.

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Some Good Things, During the Time of COVID-19

By Artie Kavanaugh, MD
01 April 2020

It is not hyperbole to acknowledge that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world, inflicting pain and suffering to many, and inconvenience to all. As everyone struggles to make it through these difficult times, it might be worth pointing out some small silver linings that have emerged despite this pernicious dark cloud.

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Steroid Poker

By Artie Kavanaugh, MD
14 January 2020

It began as many cases do: an ill patient, in the ICU, with signs and symptoms across several body systems, yet no clear unifying diagnosis on admission. With things stabilizing, the internal medicine hospital team on which I was serving as hospitalist that week assumed care of the patient. As the case unfolded – pulmonary infiltrates that could be hemorrhagic, renal dysfunction with proteinuria – rheumatic diseases rose in the differential. When serologic studies and other data suggested GPA rather than glomerular basement membrane (GBM) disease or other possibilities such as infection, it seemed the right time to act. And that is when a game of what I call “steroid poker” began.

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Rheumatologists and Patients Concerns over Biosimilars - RheumNow “Live Vote” Results

By Artie Kavanaugh, MD
24 July 2017

The RheumNow “Live Vote” on the use, uptake and safety of biosimilars contrasts rheumatologist and patient views. Despite FDA approval and looming introduction, there is considerable concern, knowledge gaps and hesitancy regarding their uptake in the US. The survey's primary question demonstrates that less than one-third of US rheumatologists are prepared to adopt biosimilars when they are available.

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11 Pearls for Pregnancy Management in Rheumatoid Arthritis (Best of 2015: #6)

By Artie Kavanaugh, MD
25 December 2015

Rheumatoid arthritis affects women in their child-bearing years and many will face the issue of pregnancy and RA management at some point. Here are11 considerations for those managing RA patients who wish to become pregnant.

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11 Pearls for Pregnancy Management in Rheumatoid Arthritis

By Artie Kavanaugh, MD
21 August 2015

Rheumatoid arthritis affects women in their child-bearing years and many will face the issue of pregnancy and RA management at some point. Here are11 considerations for those managing RA patients who wish to become pregnant.

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Better Zoster Vaccine Options on the Horizon

By Artie Kavanaugh, MD
04 August 2015

The prevention of Herpes zoster infections can be challenging in patients receiving immunosuppressives or biologic therapies.  Dr. Artie Kavanugh reviews a new, potential advance in vaccination for shingles.

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Highlights from the 4th World Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Conference; Stockholm, Sweden July 9-11, 2015

By Artie Kavanaugh, MD
13 July 2015

The 4th annual IFPA meeting was held in Stockholm, Sweden on July 9-11, 2015. Leading experts discussed advances in research, therapy and patient care for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

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The Electronic Medical Record: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

By Artie Kavanaugh, MD
04 May 2015

Many of us in academic centers, for better and worse, have had more and longer experience with EMRs than some of our colleagues in practice.

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