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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Colchicine efficacy for undefined autoinflammatory diseases

Purpose

Autoinflammatory diseases (AIDs) are a rare group of illnesses characterized by unprovoked episodes of fever and systemic inflammation.  Patients with defined AIDs benefit from evidence-based treatment guidelines1. Unfortunately, many patients with AIDs do not have a genetic diagnosis and their symptoms do not match any of the known AIDs. There is an unmet need to provide effective treatment to these patients with undefined AIDs (uAIDs). We examined the efficacy of colchicine in patients with uAIDs and identified patient characteristics and clinical factors that predicted a good colchicine response.

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Social Media Resources for Medical Educators

Here are a few references on why and how to get started with social media for medical education, including articles about the use of social media, guidelines on how to use (and how NOT to use) social media, and links to online software.

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How I use social media for medical education (and why you should, too!)

Social media is a great tool for medical educators, but, like anything else worth doing, it takes some effort to get started. Social media allows you to teach, learn, collaborate, research, socialize, produce scholarship, and advance your career.  Here’s how I’ve used social media over the past two years, and why you may want to dive in as well.

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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

Uncovering the mysteries of autoinflammatory diseases and other rheumatic illnesses.

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