Expert Interviews

Reducing the Immunogenicity of Pegloticase in Patients With Refractory Gout

December 21, 2020

Puja Khanna MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine at the University of Michigan, discusses a presentation she gave at the American College of Rheumatology Convergence 2020 on reducing the immunogenicity of pegloticase and improving its efficacy.

Patient Perspectives in Lupus

December 04, 2020

In today's interview, our focus is on patient perspectives. During the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting last month, Juana Mata shared her story of a life living with lupus. Getting an accurate diagnosis wasn't easy, but eventually she found a doctor and treatment that's working for her. In today's interview, Kim Gorgens, a psychologist and Rheumatology Network board member interviews Juana and her sister, Estela, who describe turning a lupus diagnosis into a positive force for change through advocacy. The sisters have created a non-profit group called Looms for Lupus in which they embrace art therapy to relieve stress.

One Step Closer to Precision Medicine in RA

December 03, 2020

In rheumatoid arthritis, physician scientists are beginning to zero in on personalized medicine. In this interview, Dr. Leslie R. Harrold, chief scientific officer of Corrona, and a University of Massachusetts associate professor, summarizes a study she recently presented at ACR 2020 in which she describes biomarkers and patient characteristics she and her team have identified as taking us one step closer to precision medicine.

Introducing the Concoff Method: The Interface Between Sports Medicine and Rheumatology

November 25, 2020

In today's issue of Rheumatology Network, we introduce The Concoff Method, a new column by Andrew Concoff, M.D., a rheumatologist who serves as executive vice president and chief value medical officer of United Rheumatology. Over the course of the next year, Dr. Concoff will publish columns that address sports medicine, value in rheumatology and managing a medical practice in the era of COVID-19. In this inaugural issue of the column, he covers the interface between sports medicine and rheumatology.

Osteoporosis Not Just a Disease of Women

November 25, 2020

In this interview, Jeffrey Curtis, M.D., of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, addresses osteoporosis in men. It's more common than physicians may realize. "It is often misconstrued as a disease that mainly, if not only, effects Caucasian women, which is not the case,” he said.

Direct Costs to Patients for RA Treatment: $12,509-$36,053

November 20, 2020

The annual direct costs for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients are estimated to range from $12,509-$36,053. A late diagnosis costs even more and one in 10 new RA cases are usually diagnosed late. In this presentation, Kathryn Johnson, RPh, of CVS Health breaks down the numbers.

Treatment Sequence Matters in Osteoporosis

November 18, 2020

Osteoporosis therapeutic treatments should always be individualized, says Felicia Cosman, M.D., an endocrinologist with Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. Dr. Cosman is the author of a study recently presented at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting in which she shared results from a study that explored treatment sequences with romosozumab before or after antiresorptive medication.

More than 40% of Systemic Sclerosis Patients Have Osteoporosis and Osteopenia

November 18, 2020

Diane Marr, rheumatology fellow at Stanford Healthcare and Clinics, recently presented a study at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology in which she and her team examine the risk of osteopenia and osteoporosis in systemic sclerosis patients.