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  1. Women May Have Higher Risk for Hip Implant Failure

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Overall, the vast majority of total hip replacement surgeries are successful, but according to the results of a new study, women are at greater risk than men for implant failure after this procedure. Researchers noted th

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  2. Need a New Hip? Finding the Cost May Not Be Easy

    Feb. 11, 2013 -- If you're searching for a new car, a new house, or a new TV, you'll likely compare prices. If you're in the market for a new hip, though, that might not be easy, according to a study published online in JAMA Internal Medicine. Even when pricing is available, it can vary widely from

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  3. Sunshine Linked to Lower Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Older women who've had regular exposure to sunlight may be less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis, new findings indicate. This beneficial effect -- which is believed to be due to ultraviolet B (UV-B) in sunlight -- was only

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  4. Drug Shows Promise for Lupus Skin Conditions

    Dec. 7, 2012 -- A drug related to thalidomide may be more potent and less toxic than thalidomide, which is often used to treat lupus skin conditions. In a small study from Spain, lupus patients showed dramatic improvements in skin lesions while taking the drug, lenalidomide (Revlimid), and most rela

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  5. Soda May Worsen Knee Osteoarthritis in Men

    Nov. 14, 2012 -- Men with osteoarthritis of the knee may want to avoid sugar-packed soft drinks. That's the advice of researchers who found that drinking sugary soda is associated with progression of the disease in men. No such link was found in women in the study of more than 2,000 people with knee

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  6. New Arthritis Drug Xeljanz Gets FDA Approval

    Nov. 6, 2012 -- The FDA has approved Pfizer's Xeljanz (tofacitinib), a first-of-its-kind treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Xeljanz is approved for use by patients not helped by methotrexate, the usual first treatment for RA. It's a pill taken twice a day. Xeljanz is a type of drug called a Janus k

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  7. Exercise Can Help Knee Pain if You Stick With It

    Nov. 5, 2012 -- Certain exercises appear to be better than others for improving knee pain from osteoarthritis, but consistency is the key to getting relief, a review of close to 200 studies shows. There was evidence that low-impact aerobic exercise and water exercises improved disability, and that a

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  8. How Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects Pregnancy

    If you're pregnant or planning to be, you may wonder how having rheumatoid arthritis (RA) could affect your pregnancy. Here's some good news: Many women with RA find that their symptoms go into remission during pregnancy. What’s more, RA doesn't seem to affect your chances of getting or staying preg

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  9. How Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects Pregnancy With Twins

    If you're pregnant or planning to be, you may wonder how having rheumatoid arthritis (RA) could affect your pregnancy. Here's some good news: Many women with RA find that their symptoms go into remission during pregnancy. What’s more, RA doesn't seem to affect your chances of getting or staying preg

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  10. Gout Linked to Low Levels of Lead

    Aug. 20, 2012 -- New evidence that links low levels of lead in the blood to an increased risk of gout suggests that currently acceptable levels of lead exposure are too high. In a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers report that the risk of gout is apparently elevated even amo

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