COX-2 Inhibitors Best Traditional NSAIDS for Acute Gout

October 05, 2020

In patients with acute gout, cyclo-oxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitors, especially etoricoxib (Arcoxia, Merck & Co.), may result in a greater clinical response than traditional non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), according to a study published in BMJ Open.

Dapagliflozin Earns Breakthrough Therapy Designation for Chronic Kidney Disease

October 02, 2020

Dapagliflozin (Farxiga, AstraZeneca) has been granted breakthrough therapy designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for patients with chronic kidney disease with and without type 2 diabetes. It is currently approved as a treatment to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes.

Gout As Kidney Disease

October 02, 2020

Gout is not only an intermittent disease that affects peripheral joints, it’s a disease that's systemic in nature and progressive, says Dr. Bradley Marder, medical director of nephrology with Horizon Therapeutics. As a nephrologist, he sees gout as a kidney disease. In this interview, he explains why.

Adopting Right-Sized Patient Care in Rheumatology

August 28, 2020

In this week's one-on-one interview, we talk with Dr. Jeffrey Curtis of the University of Alabama. We spoke about the use of activity trackers as a tool to record and track arthritic flare-ups. The device has been found to be useful in improving patient care or as Dr. Curtis says, “we need to right-size care” by giving patients the right care at the right time.” In this interview, he explains how an activity tracker can make such a huge difference in the care patients receive.

Studies Link Gout Flares to Consuming Sodas

August 25, 2020

A systematic review and meta-analysis recently published the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics finds that consuming sugar-sweetened beverages is significantly associated with increased serum uric acid concentrations associated with gout flares.

Talking Gout and Myths with Dr. Christopher Parker

May 29, 2020

In this week's news roundup from Rheumatology Network we continue our series on gout. Last week we featured a discussion with Dr. John D. Fitzgerald focusing on ACR's new gout treatment guidelines and this week, we talk with Dr. Christopher Parker, chief of rheumatology at Austin Diagnostic Clinic in Texas. Dr. Parker addresses mythbusters and patient engagement.

Highlights from ACR's 2020 Gout Guidelines

May 22, 2020

In this week's news roundup, we highlight two studies that examine risks associated with biologics used to treat rheumatic disease. We also highlight the 2020 treatment guidelines for gout issued this week by the American College of Rheumatology. In today's video, we feature an interview with John D. Fitzgerald, M.D., Ph.D., chief of rheumatology at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica. Dr. Fitzgerald served as the corresponding author of the guidelines.