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Entries from March 2019

E35: Tramadol Associated with All Cause Mortality

March 28th, 2019 · Comments

#RheumJC week!  I hope you all tuned into the online journal club #RheumJC, but if you did not I put up a podcast about the paper we discussed. Yet another epidemiological misadventure into unmeasured confounding and in this case confounding by indication.  Take home... maybe consider not using Tramadol, as you already should have not been doing? 

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E34: Leggo my Eggo! Eggs, Cholesterol, CVD, Mortality

March 21st, 2019 · Comments

In this week's episode I depart briefly from discussing papers in the rheumatology literature to dive headfirst into the recent controversy over eggs and cardiovascular disease. Our patients eat eggs too, so I figured it would still be applicable. Please join the conversation @EBRheum! Find all the papers here:

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E33: FDG-PET for GCA

March 14th, 2019 · Comments

This week I'll tackle an interesting topic in giant cell vasculitis - the utility of FDG PET. This was a good paper but one that I used to discuss important concepts, including negative predictive value and pretest probability.  Hope you enjoy!  Please give feedback @EBRheum! Find all the papers here:

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E32: TaSER and ARCTIC: U/S to Guide Treatment in Inflammatory Arthritis

March 7th, 2019 · Comments

Finally addressing this ultrasound business.  I decided to cover two somewhat similar trials, which seem to come to the same conclusions regarding U/S and treat to target strategies.  However, the question addressed was narrow and the role of ultrasound remains to be determined.  Get this paper (and all the others) here:

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