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  1. Pill Instead of a Needle May Soon Be Option for RA

    Aug. 8, 2012 -- A new pill may soon offer people with rheumatoid arthritis an alternative to the injections and intravenous infusions that many rely on to treat their disease. The drug, tofacitinib, is a twice-daily pill that works by turning down the body's immune attack on its own joints and organ

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  2. Newer RA Drugs May Reduce Heart Risk

    June 8, 2012 -- Rheumatoid arthritis patients who take medications known as anti-TNFs may be treating more than their disease. According to new research presented at a European meeting, these patients may be less likely to have a heart attack and are more likely to live longer than those with RA who

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  3. Actemra Tops Rival in Rheumatoid Arthritis Study

    June 7, 2012 -- A new study shows that the drug Actemra may be a more effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis than the drug Humira when the medications are used by themselves. Both medications are in a class called biologics, which are designed to inhibit parts of the immune system that cause i

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  4. Foods to Avoid if You Want to Avoid Gout Attacks

    May 30, 2012 -- If you have gout, you may want to pass on the liver and keep the anchovies off the pizza. People who had the highest amounts of compounds called purines in their diets increased their risk of having a gout flare-up by almost five times compared to those eating the least purine-rich f

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  5. Yoga May Improve Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

    May 24, 2012 (Honolulu, Hawaii) -- Young patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may feel better after practicing yoga for just six weeks, a new study shows. Researchers reported their findings here last week at the American Pain Society's annual meeting. "It seems to be a very feasible, practical t

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  6. Staying Active With Osteoarthritis

    If your doctor tells you that you have osteoarthritis (OA), you might assume your days of spin classes and lifting weights are over. With joint pain, swelling, and stiffness in your future, it's hard to imagine pumping iron at the gym -- much less peeling your achy body off the couch to drive there.

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  7. Better Sleep with Osteoarthritis

    It’s a vicious cycle. Your osteoarthritis pain keeps you up all night as you struggle to find a comfortable position, and the lack of sleep makes your pain worse the next day and so on and so forth. If you are one of the 27 million people with OA, it can be hard to sleep soundly, but there are 10 tr

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  8. Flesh-Eating Bacteria and Lupus

    May 14, 2012 -- Infection with flesh-eating bacteria, a condition called called necrotizing fasciitis, has struck Aimee Copeland, a 24-year-old Georgia student who reportedly also has lupus. It's estimated that 5 million people worldwide, including 1.5 million Americans, have lupus. Are they at risk

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  9. OA: Treatment Overview

    Osteoarthritis, the wear-and-tear form of arthritis, affects one in two Americans during the course of their lifetime. Marked by pain, swelling, and reduced motion in the joints, OA typically strikes the hands, knees, hips or spine -- but any joint is at risk. Does this mean you are a sitting duck?

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  10. Ask the Expert: I Have RA and My Husband Won't Help

    In every issue of WebMD the Magazine, we ask our experts to answer readers' questions about a wide range of topics. In our May 2011 issue, a reader with rheumatoid arthritis asked WebMD's rheumatology expert, Scott Zashin, MD, why her husband doesn't help her more. A: It is not at all unusual for ma

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