Poll: What #ACR16 abstracts should we discuss for the next journal club?

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Greetings and Happy Holidays #RheumJC friends!

For our next session of #RheumJC, we’ll be discussing some of our favorite abstracts from #ACR16. Since we were only able to narrow our list down to 9 abstracts among our team, we’re polling you to decide which abstracts we’ll be discussing for the next journal club.

Also, in hopes of increasing everyone’s ability to participate, we’re also polling on what day of the week and times that work best for you. Over the next year of #RheumJC, we’ll likely plan on mixing up the day of the week and time so that over time everyone has an opportunity to participate.

If you would like to see the full abstract, please check acrabstracts.org (unfortunately, our polling plugin doesn’t allow links).

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Real World RA Treatments: Using a 2nd anti-TNF or a non-anti-TNF after primary failure of 1st anti-TNF

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Bonjour #RheumJC friends,

We’re pleased to announce our next journal club session will be Thursday, October 27th, discussing the JAMA article: Non–TNF-Targeted Biologic vs a Second Anti-TNF Drug to Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis in Patients With Insufficient Response to a First Anti-TNF Drug: A Randomized Clinical Trial by Dr. Jacques-Eric Gottenberg, et al.

Dr. Gottenberg, will be joining us for the first one-hour session.

Dr. Gottenberg (@jegotten) is a staff rheumatologist with the Department of Rheumatology, National Reference Center for Systemic Autoimmune Diseases, Strasbourg University Hospital, Université de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France.

JAMA has graciously made Dr. Gottenberg’s article and the related article free to access for 48 hours beginning October 26th

If you’re new to this, take a look at our Intro to Twitter page or our Journal Club Getting Started Guide.

We strongly suggest using the website tchat.io as the best way to participate in the chat by typing in the #RheumJC hashtag to join the discussion.

As always:

  1. Please remember to try to stay on topic whenever possible.
  2. Be polite and courteous.
  3. Do not violate HIPAA.

We welcome suggestions for future articles for discussion. Please send your suggestions by Direct Message on Twitter to @RheumJC or email us at rheumjc@rheumjc.com.

Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Induced Inflammatory Arthritis and Sicca Syndrome

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Welcome back #RheumJC friends!

After enjoying a little summer break, #RheumJC is happy to announce our next journal club will be Thursday, September 29th.

We’ll be discussing the Annals of the Rheumatic Disease article Inflammatory arthritis and sicca syndrome induced by nivolumab and ipilimumab by Dr. Laura C Cappelli, et al.

We are also extremely pleased to that the author, Dr. Laura Cappelli, will be joining us for the first one-hour session.

Dr. Laura Cappelli (@cappelliMD) is a staff rheumatologist with Johns Hopkins Division of Rheumatology.

BMJ has graciously made Dr. Cappelli’s article and the accompanying editorial free to access from 22nd September to 6th October (until one week after the journal club).

If needed, take a look at our Intro to Twitter page or our Journal Club Getting Started Guide.

We strongly suggest using the website tchat.io as the best way to participate in the chat by typing in the #RheumJC hashtag to join the discussion.

As always:

  1. Please remember to try to stay on topic whenever possible.
  2. Be polite and courteous.
  3. Do not violate HIPAA.

We welcome suggestions for future articles for discussion. Please send your suggestions by Direct Message on Twitter to @RheumJC or email us at rheumjc@rheumjc.com.

Missed opportunities in the 2015 ACR guideline for RA treatment

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Greetings #RheumJC friends!

We’re tremendously excited to announce our next journal club will be Thursday, June 30th, 2016 discussing the Nature Reviews Rheumatology article: Rheumatoid arthritis: Missed opportunities in the 2015 ACR guideline for RA treatment by Dr. Ronald van Vollenhoven.

As usual, we will have two one-hour sessions:

Nature Reviews Rheumatology has graciously made Dr. van Vollenhoven’s article free to access from now until July 7, 2016 via the above link.

For reference, here is a link to the 2015 American College of Rheumatology guideline for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis by Singh J., et al.

If needed, take a look at our Intro to Twitter page or our Journal Club Getting Started Guide.

We strongly suggest using the website tchat.io as the best way to participate in the chat by typing in the #RheumJC hashtag to join the discussion.

As always:

  1. Please remember to try to stay on topic whenever possible.
  2. Be polite and courteous.
  3. Do not violate HIPAA.

We welcome suggestions for future articles for discussion. Please send your suggestions by Direct Message on Twitter to @RheumJC or email us at rheumjc@gmail.com.

IL-6 Blockade with Tocilizumab for Scleroderma

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Fibroblast image by Heiti Paves (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

The next session of #RheumJC will be Thursday, June 2, 2016, discussing a recent article from The Lancet by Khanna, D., et al, looking at the role of IL–6 blockage in scleroderma, titled Safety and efficacy of subcutaneous tocilizumab in adults with systemic sclerosis (faSScinate): a phase 2, randomised, controlled trial.

This article is open access and can found on The Lancet or via PubMed.

*** We goofed! This article isn’t actually open access, but we’ll do a rundown of the article on Twitter during the #RheumJC session.***

We will again have two one-hour sessions, the first at 9pm GMT (4pm EST) and the second at 3am GMT (10pm EST).

If needed, take a look at our Intro to Twitter page or our Journal Club Getting Started Guide.

We strongly suggest using the website tchat.io as the best way to participate in the chat by typing in the #RheumJC hashtag to join the discussion.

As always:

  1. Please remember to try to stay on topic whenever possible.
  2. Be polite and courteous.
  3. Do not violate HIPAA.

We welcome suggestions for future articles for discussion. Please send your suggestions by Direct Message on Twitter to @RheumJC or email us at rheumjc@gmail.com.

Secukinumab (IL-17A blockage) in Psoriatic Arthritis

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Greetings rheumatology friends! The next session of #RheumJC will be Thursday, May 5, 2016, where we will be discussing secukinumab, an anti-interleukin–17A monoclonal antibody that was recently FDA approved for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis. The article we’ll be discussing was published in October 2015 in the New England Journal of Medicine and is titled Secukinumab Inhibition of Interleukin–17A in Patients with Psoriatic Arthritis. We again expect a lively discussion about this new treatment option.

This article is open access and can found at this link: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1412679

A direct link to the PDF is available here: http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMoa1412679

We will again have two one-hour sessions, the first at 9pm GMT (4pm EST) and the second at 3am GMT (10pm EST).

If you are new to using Twitter, take a look at our Intro to Twitter page.

If you are participating in a Twitter journal club chat for the first time, please read our Getting Started Guide to get some tips on how to make the most of this session and not get too bogged down. Some additional pointers:

  1. Please remember to try to stay on topic whenever possible.
  2. Be polite and courteous.
  3. Do not violate HIPAA.

As always, we welcome suggestions for future articles for discussion. Please send your suggestions by Direct Message on Twitter to @RheumJC or email us at rheumjc@gmail.com.

The Link Between Periodontal Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Greetings! The next session of #RheumJC will be on Thursday, March 31, 2016, where we will be discussing a recent meta-analysis looking at a potential environmental link between periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis titled “Hand to Mouth: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of the Association between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Periodontitis” by Fuggle, NR, et al. This promises to be a lively discussion so we hope you can join.

This article is open access and can found at this link: http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fimmu.2016.00080/full

We will again have two one-hour sessions, the first at 9pm GMT (4pm EST) and the second at 3am GMT (10pm EST).

If you are new to using Twitter, take a look at our Intro to Twitter page.

If you are participating in a Twitter journal club chat for the first time, please read our Getting Started Guide to get some tips on how to make the most of this session and not get too bogged down. Some additional pointers:

  1. Please remember to try to stay on topic whenever possible.
  2. Be polite and courteous.
  3. Do not violate HIPAA.

As always, we welcome suggestions for future articles for discussion. Please send your suggestions by Direct Message on Twitter to @RheumJC or email us at rheumjc@gmail.com.

The Role of Varicella-Zoster Virus (VZV) as a Trigger of Giant Cell Arteritis

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Greetings! For our second session of #RheumJC for the year on Thursday, February 25, 2016, we will be discussing a recent article from the journal Neurology which may offer insights into the pathophysiology of giant cell arteritis titled “Prevalence and distribution of VZV in temporal arteries of patients with giant cell arteritis” by Gilden, D. et al.

We will again have two one-hour sessions at 9pm GMT (4pm EST) and 3am GMT (10pm EST).

We greatly thank the editors of the journal Neurology, who have agreed to make the article open-access from February 18 through February 25, 2016 using this link: http://www.neurology.org/content/84/19/1948.short?sid=82de0570-ac50–41e6–998b–6e72904f7bd8

We’re also extremely pleased that author Dr. Maria A. Nagel has agreed to join the #RheumJC discussions to answer any questions you may have regarding the article.

If you are new to using Twitter, take a look at our Intro to Twitter page.

If you are participating in a Twitter journal club chat for the first time, please read our Getting Started Guide to get some tips on how to make the most of this session and not get too bogged down. Some additional pointers:

  1. Please remember to try to stay on topic whenever possible.
  2. Be polite and courteous.
  3. Do not violate HIPAA.

As always, we welcome suggestions for future articles for discussion. Please send your suggestions by Direct Message on Twitter to @RheumJC or email us at rheumjc@gmail.com.

OBSErve study: Belimumab in clinical practice

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Happy New Year 2016!

To kick off the year, we are very excited to announce the next #RheumJC on Thursday January 28, 2016. The article chosen for this first 2016 RheumJC is “Response to belimumab among patients with systemic lupus erythematosus in clinical practice settings: 24-month results from the OBSErve study in the USA” by C. Collins, et al. It is published online by Lupus and is in open access: [CLICK HERE for open access article].

The first author of the article is our very own Christopher Collins known on twitter as @rheumpearls [CLICK HERE for profile]. He will be available during our usual two one-hour sessions at 9pm GMT (4pm EST) and 3am GMT (10pm EST) to answer all our questions.

This year’s RheumJC will be held every last Thursday of the month. We are also introducing some post session questions to consolidate the participants’ understanding on the subject. We encourage your participation and comments regarding these questions.

If you are new to using Twitter, take a look at our Intro to Twitter page.

If you are participating in a Twitter journal club chat for the first time, please read our Getting Started Guide to get some tips on how to make the most of this session and not get too bogged down. Some additional pointers:

  1. Please remember to try to stay on topic whenever possible.

  2. Be polite and courteous.

  3. Do not violate HIPAA.

As always, we welcome suggestions for future articles for discussion. Please send your suggestions by Direct Message on Twitter to @RheumJC or email us at rheumjc@gmail.com.