Friday, 03 Apr 2020

News

RheumNow Podcast – Pandemic Numbers (4.3.20)

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news on COVID-19 and FDA actions this past week. Be sure to check out:

Universal Masking for COVID?

In early March 2020, there were widespread recommendations that wearing routine "surgical masks" by the public sector was not likely to be helpful or advisable. Now we are hearing of a 180 degree shift in thinking with the CDC, leading health officials and the current NEJM Perspective pointing to more widespread use of masks by healthcare workers and even by individuals in the public sector.

CDC: Impact of Underlying Health Conditions Among COVID-19 Patients

The March 31 release of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) reviews the impact of several key comorbidities, most commonly diabetes mellitus, chronic lung disease, and cardiovascular disease, as cofactors leading to worse outcomes with COVID-19 infections.  Below are experts from that report.

TeleRheumatology - a TED Talk by Alvin Wells, MD

RheumNow Live 2020 featured a series of shorter STEP (TED-like) talks. This one features Dr. Alvin Wells discussing the opportunities and new paradigms encumbent with telemedicine in rheumatology.

RheumNow Podcast – New World Order (3.27.20)

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news and COVID developments from this past week.

COVID Infection Run Down with Dr. Kevin Winthrop

Dr Kevin Winthrop answers COVID questions and advocates for "hit the pause button, lay low and exercise". We discuss the utility of baricitinib, losartan, COVID testing, Next Success and who to listen to.

ACR Infusion Guidance During COVID-19 Crisis

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has published a guidance document on infusions and office based therapies.

Dr. Artie Kavanaugh - Don't Stop!

Drs. Cush and Kavanaugh discuss the downside of stopping hydroxychloroquine, DMARDs and biologics in lupus, RA and pregnancy.

Global Rheumatology Alliance Registry Will Study COVID-19

In the midst of a global pandemic of the 2019 Novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (COVID-19), a small handful of Rheumatologists gathered on social media to collectively grapple with the impact of this virus on vulnerable populations with rheumatic disease.

Infusions in the Time of Coronavirus

As they say, necessity is the mother of invention. After years of bemoaning the challenges of telemedicine, our rheumatology clinic transition entirely to a remote clinic in the space of a week. One of the few good things to come out of this crisis is that we may learn that in-person visits are not as critical as we thought, which may in turn help our specialty’s access issues.

RheumNow Podcast- COVID Siege (3.20.20)

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the past week of COVID-19 news and advances.

COVID-19 Rheumatology News

With the COVID-19 pandemic dynamically changing, we have provided several news items germane to the Rheumatologist.