Infectious Disease

SpA Cases Flare Under COVID-19 Due to Misinformation

June 23, 2020

French researchers writing in Arthritis and Rheumatology report that of 609 surveyed spondyloarthritis patients self-isolating at home due to COVID-19, most say their condition has progressed while in isolation and for some, the change has been considerable.

EULAR COVID-19 Recommendations Say Continue Medications, but Vaccinate

June 09, 2020

EULAR has issued treatment recommendations for patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions with SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19. A task force of 20 physicians settled on five overarching principles and 13 recommendations, which are similar to COVID-19 treatment guidelines issued by ACR in April-with slight variations.

COVID-19 and Rheumatic Disease Findings Reported at EULAR

June 05, 2020

COVID-19 was center-stage at this year's EULAR meeting. Dr. Pedro Machado, a rheumatologist with the University College London and chair of EULAR's Standing Committee for Epidemiology and Health Service Research shared the results of a study on patients with rheumatic disease who contracted COVID-19. He and his team found that patients taking a higher dose of prednisone, had an increased of being hospitalized. But patients receiving TNF blockers were less likely to be hospitalized. In this interview, Dr. Machado talks with us about the findings.

EULAR Report: Steroid Use Linked to More Severe COVID-19 Cases

June 04, 2020

Rheumatic disease patients treated with anti-TNF therapy and who contracted COVID-19, were hospitalized less often than patients treated with glucocorticoids, shows an observational study presented on Wednesday at the European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR) annual meeting-which is being held virtually this week from the homes of more than 18,000 registered attendees.

Exercise is Key in Rheumatic Disease During COVID-19 Isolation

May 25, 2020

Patients with rheumatic disease should be encouraged to undertake appropriate exercise programs to combat the physical inactivity imposed by self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Case Report: Biologics Not Associated With Worse COVID-19 Outcomes

May 21, 2020

Physicians from New York University Langone Health report in the New England Journal of Medicine that the baseline use of biologics was not associated with worse outcomes in a group of 14 patients with autoimmune disease who contracted COVID-19.

In This Community Health Clinic, the Rheumatologist Is In

May 14, 2020

In this week's Rheumatology Network news roundup, we highlight an interview we conducted with Brian LaMoreaux, M.D., M.S., a medical director at Horizon Therapeutics and a volunteer clinical rheumatologist with CommunityHealth in Chicago. In this interview, he shares his experience as a rheumatologist in a community where healthcare is not always easy to come by.

DMARDs Not Linked to Poor Outcomes in SARS-CoV-2 RA Patients

May 13, 2020

Data collected by doctors in Italy when the country was hit by COVID-19 should allow rheumatologists to feel more comfortable in advising patients with chronic arthritis to continue taking immunosuppressive targeted therapies. The data show that chronic arthritis patients treated with DMARDs do not seem to be at increased risk of respiratory or life-threatening complications from SARS-CoV-2.

Feeling anxious amidst COVID-19? That’s totally normal.

May 08, 2020

Stress from the possibility of infection can wreak havoc on the mental health and physical well-being of rheumatic disease patients. It usually affects patients in two ways: they either become experts at thwarting infectious disease or they succumb to the stress. In this video, Dr. Kim Gorgens offers tips for identifying stress and anxiety in your patients. 

Medication, Stress Management in Rheumatology Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 08, 2020

Writing in Practical Pain Management, Don L. Goldenberg, M.D., addresses clinical approaches for managing medications during the COVID-19 pandemic in patients with chronic rheumatic autoimmune disease.