Focus on Rheumatoid Arthritis

 

Arthur Kavanaugh, MD: Rheumatology Winter Clinical Symposium

February 10, 2021

This week we sat down for an interview with Arthur Kavanaugh, MD, to discuss his presentations for the Rheumatology Winter Clinical Symposium. He is currently the chairman for the 2021 conference. Kavanaugh is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Innovative Therapy at UC San Diego. He will be presenting his findings on Rheumatology 2020: A Year in Review for rheumatoid arthritis, spondylarthritis, and psoriatic arthritis. We discuss what sets RWCS apart from other conferences and the exciting content that participants can expect.

Tocilizumab Does Not Improve Outcomes for Patients With Severe COVID-19

February 03, 2021

Tocilizumab is an interleukin 6 (an inflammatory cytokine) inhibitor approved for treating a variety of rheumatic diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis. As studies have shown that an increased level of interleukin 6 directly correlates to poor COVID-19 outcomes, investigators speculated that blocking this activity could be a helpful tool in treating the virus and lessening its severity.

Latino Patients With Rheumatic Diseases are at Higher Risk of Contracting COVID-19

February 01, 2021

The primary objective of this retrospective study was to understand why Latino patients were being disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Of the patients observed, 32 (18%) developed COVID-19 during the study period, meaning incidence rates were 5- to 11-fold higher than the general population (1,540 to 3,431/100,000).

If Remission Is Our Goal, Rheumatology Must Embrace the Importance of Studying New Mechanisms

January 25, 2021

Alyssa Johnsen, MD, PhD, shares her insight on the importance of understanding key pathways that drive immune-mediated diseases, which can help rheumatologists develop more potent and specific therapies for patients with rheumatic disease.