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.

Tracing Gout Flares With Activity Trackers

August 06, 2020

Wearable activity trackers are designed to monitor an individual's movement to achieve fitness goals, but researchers find they may have use in tracking 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.

Treat-to-target With Urate Lowering Therapy Recommended for All Gout Patients

May 19, 2020

The American College of Rheumatology has issued new treatment guidelines for gout strongly supporting a treat-to-target strategy for urate lowing therapy with a serum urate target of less than 6 mg/dl.

The 2020 Treatment Guidelines for Gout

May 19, 2020

The American College of Rheumatology has updated its treatment guidelines for gout. The guideline includes 42 treatment recommendations, of which 16 are  now strongly recommended. They address standard treat-to-target urate lowering therapy, the use of allopurinol and more. In this slideshow, we highlight the 16 strongest recommendations. 

Rate of Serious Infections in Gout on the Rise

May 12, 2020

The rate of serious infections in people with gout, especially sepsis and pneumonia, is increasing, and certain patient characteristics and external factors are associated with both higher healthcare use and in-hospital mortality in these patients, according to one of the first U.S. studies to describe the epidemiology of hospitalized serious infections in gout.

Colchicine for Gout Gets a Clean Bill of Health

March 26, 2020

Colchicine, a first-line treatment option for acute gout, is associated with an increased risk of adverse events, such as diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms, but not serious adverse events, finds a newly published systematic review and meta-analysis.

Febuxostat Hypersensitivity Risk in Gout Similar to Allopurinol

March 17, 2020

A new study published in the February 5 issue of Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases finds that allopurinol and febuxostat are associated with about the same risk of hypersensitivity reactions, as compared to gout patients treated with colchicine. The risk is even higher for women and diabetes patients, the authors wrote.