RMD Open is an online only Open Access journal that publishes high-quality peer-reviewed original research covering the full spectrum of musculoskeletal disorders, rheumatism and connective tissue diseases, including osteoporosis, spine and rehabilitation. Clinical and epidemiological research, basic and translational medicine, interesting clinical cases, and smaller studies that add to the literature are all considered. RMD Open is co-owned by EULAR and BMJ. http://rmdopen.bmj.com/ * The purpose of this podcast is to educate and to inform. The content of this podcast does not constitute medical advice and it is not intended to function as a substitute for a healthcare practitioner’s judgement, patient care or treatment. The views expressed by contributors are those of the speakers. BMJ does not endorse any views or recommendations discussed or expressed on this podcast. Listeners should also be aware that professionals in the field may have different opinions. By listening to this podcast, listeners agree not to use its content as the basis for their own medical treatment or for the medical treatment of others.
COVID-19 and cytokines - same storm, different origins?
In this podcast, Caroline Ospelt (Department of Rheumatology, University Hospital of Zurich, Switzerland) talks to Alessia Alunno (Rheumatology Unit, University of Perugia, Italy) about the similarities and differences in the cytokine storm that occurs in COVID-19 patients and people with rheumatic diseases.
Link to related paper: https://rmdopen.bmj.com/content/6/1/e001295
Imaging in large vessel vasculitis
A systematic literature review on imaging techniques for diagnosis, outcome prediction and disease monitoring in large vessel vasculitis informing the European League Against Rheumatism recommendations is discussed in this podcast by two of the authors of the paper: Dr. Christina Duftner, rheumatologist at the Medical University Innsbruck, Austria, and Dr. Sofia Ramiro, rheumatologist at Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands.
Read the paper on the RMD Open website: https://rmdopen.bmj.com/content/4/1/e000612.
The use of MRI in rheumatology
RMD Open Editor-in-Chief Professor Bernard Combe talks to Professor Annette van der Helm from Leiden University Medical Center about the use of MR imaging in the diagnosis and classification of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. Professor van der Helm briefly summarises the pros and cons of MR imaging in comparison with the use of CT images, and highlights some of the technical challenges of this technique.
For further information on this topic please read this viewpoint article published in RMD Open: https://rmdopen.bmj.com/content/4/1/e000728.
Improving the peer review skills of young researchers in rheumatology
What is peer-review and why is important? EMEUNET, the Emerging EULAR (European League Against Rheumatism) Network, organises a training program in collaboration with the EULAR journals to improve peer review skills of young researchers. Want to know more? Listen to the conversation between Dr Aurélie Najm (Nantes University Hospital, France) and Dr Javier Rodriìguez-Carrio (Universidad de Oviedo, Spain), first author of “Improving the peer review skills of young rheumatologists and researchers in rheumatology: the EMEUNET Peer Review Mentoring Program”, published by the members of the EMEUNET Peer Mentoring subgroup.
Read the full article on the RMD Open website: https://rmdopen.bmj.com/content/4/1/e000619
Learn more about EMEUNET here: https://emeunet.eular.org
Don’t neglect nutrition in rheumatoid arthritis!
What mistakes should be avoided in our diet? And what potentially beneficial foods should we be taking?
The answers are given by Professor Maurizio Cutolo (Postgraduate School of Rheumatology, University of Genova, Genova, Italy)in this short conversation with Claire Daien (Rheumatology department, Montpellier University, France) recorded at the XVII Mediterranean Congress of Rheumatology, in Genova, Italy, in April 2018.
Read the full editorial on the RMD Open website: http://rmdopen.bmj.com/content/4/1/e000591.
A standardised catalogue of patient scenarios to improve the ranking of RA disease activity?
To better standardise the evaluation of disease activity of rheumatoid arthritis patients, especially in moderate disease, consensus scores of their medical doctor (MD) global ratings (EGA) are needed.
Dr Janet Pope (Western University of Canada) suggests the development of a catalogue of patient scenarios to decrease the wide variability of ranking among rheumatologists. She explains how that could work in this conversation with Dr Paul Studenic (Medical University Vienna, Austria).
Read the study “Physician global assessments for disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis are all over the map!” on the RMD Open website: http://rmdopen.bmj.com/content/4/1/e000578.