Category Archives: Rheumatology

(R)evolutionary Rheumatology

I spent most of my senior year in college in the basement of the science building, in a room the size of a closet, watching (and videotaping) fish having sex. I was studying pipefish, a relative of the seahorse in which the males get pregnant. I was interested in learning how this unusual quirk of evolution affected the sex roles of the fish, asking questions such as: which sex is more promiscuous, bigger, and more aggressive? Evolution was at the heart of my biology major, and its existence was palpable in every biology class I took—from Genetics sophomore year to a senior seminar on Ecology. It was clear during my undergraduate education that “nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.” Continue reading (R)evolutionary Rheumatology

Feverprints: A Crowdsourcing Study of Temperature in Health and Disease

Background/Purpose:

Despite the widespread use of temperature measurement in healthcare, our ability to use temperature data to diagnose patients is limited; it remains challenging to distinguish fevers of rheumatic illnesses from those of infectious or malignant conditions. We created Feverprints, a crowdsourcing research app to understand temperature variation between individuals, determine unique fever patterns (“feverprints”) for a variety of illnesses, and examine how antipyretics affect disease course. We report preliminary data from temperatures collected during the first 9 months of the study.

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The Feverprints App: Crowdsourcing Technology to Study Temperatures in Health and Disease

Purpose

Fever is a cardinal feature of autoinflammatory diseases and complicates the course for other rheumatic illnesses. Despite the widespread use of temperature measurement in healthcare, our ability to use temperature for diagnosis is limited, and distinguishing fevers of rheumatic illnesses from those of infectious or malignant conditions remains challenging. We created Feverprints, a crowdsourcing research app to understand temperature variation between individuals, determine unique fever patterns (“feverprints”) for a variety of illnesses, and examine how antipyretics affect disease course. We report preliminary data from temperatures and symptoms collected during the first 9 months of the study.

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6 tips to enhance your learning at any conference

When I arrived home after attending my first American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting, my wife asked me what I learned.  I had attended five full days of lectures including  the “review” course (which was new material for me), as well as a variety of scientific, plenary, Meet the Professor, and concurrent abstract sessions. But when she asked me that question, I could not come up with a single thing that I had learned. Continue reading 6 tips to enhance your learning at any conference