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E68: SELECT-CHOICE Upadacitinib vs Abatacept in RA

October 15th, 2020

Active comparator trial! Always my favorite.  Lots of fun topics in this one, including noninferiority trials, crafty endpoints, and PROs.  Check it out and let me know what you think! @ebrheum 

E67: Belimumab in Lupus Nephritis (BLISS-LN)

October 1st, 2020

Another day, another lupus trial, another round of endpoint shenanigans.  Why does that matter? How big is the benefit from belimumab in SLE nephritis? Will this save lives and prevent ESRD / RRT? I try to tackle these issues this week and (hopefully) avoid getting myself in trouble.  Hope you enjoy the episode!  Let me know what you think @ebrheum on twitter! 

E66: MRI to Diagnose PMR

September 10th, 2020

Great paper to discuss this week - one that may be too good to believe? I highly recommend checking out the pdf first ( - their graphics are wonderful and do a great job of conveying their message.  Also, check out the "2-5-10" rule that I referenced!  This is required reading for anyone who rotates with me - easily one of the most useful EBM papers I have ever read. 

E65: Anifrolumab in SLE - A Reply

September 2nd, 2020

Quick podcast this week that expands on issues I discuss in Episode 55.  Go back and listen to that one first if you have time!  I think this is an important issue and it's one I'd like to highlight.  Let me know what you think @ebrheum and please share with friends! 

E64: Antirheumatic Disease Therapies: A Systematic Review and Meta Analysis

August 27th, 2020

This week I wanted to share a recent systematic review and meta analysis, which was published by myself and a group on behalf of the Global Rheumatology Alliance. I use this as an opportunity to close out a few issues and describe the current landscape.  After this I'm planning to go back to good old rheumatology-based podcasts for a few months! 

E63: Housekeeping #3

August 27th, 2020

The podcast is back!  I tune in briefly here to explain where I've been, what I'm doing, and where this will be headed. Feel free to skip right ahead if you'd rather just dig back in! 

E62: COVID19 Series - Hydroxychloroquine #3

April 14th, 2020

Back this week to update you on the data for hydroxychlorquine.  There has been a lot of action - and very little resolution - to this issue since my last episode.  Let me know what you think, follow along on twitter @ebrheum and get the papers themselves at  

E61: COVID19 Series - IL6 #1

April 2nd, 2020

Diving into a new "rheum treatments for COVID" topic today - IL6 inhibition. It took me awhile to get to this, in part because the hydroxychloroquine situation has been something to behold and in part because there's just nothing to say. I cover two case series here, neither of which are strong evidence. Hope you enjoy! Follow me @ebrheum to let me know what you think! 

E60: COVID19 Series - Hydroxychloroquine #2

March 26th, 2020

Trying to get to IL6, but so much happening in the world of hydroxychloroquine. As I said at the beginning, things are likely to move fast.  I'm planning to make this as an extended series, so please go back and listen to #1 before you listen to this!  This episode will round out the paper by Gautret et al. and discuss the best copy of a paper by Jun et al. that I've been able to find. Follow me @ebrheum and share with friends! 

E59: COVID19 Series - Hydroxychloroquine v1

March 20th, 2020

Welcome to the first episode of my series on immunosuppressive treatments for COVID-19. Today I cover the Renault trial and a nice systematic review, which I believe are the two best options in the published literature to date.  Find the papers and ways to subscribe at and follow me on twitter @ebrheum

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