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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. WebMD's My Story: How a Reader Faces Lupus 1 Day at a Time

      At 23, I was on top of the world. I had my dream job as a writer and traveled all over North America to research stories. I bought my first townhouse. I was loving life. After a trip to Montreal, I developed the flu. I was exhausted. I often got tired after trips, but this time was different. My han

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    7. 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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    8. Gum Disease More Common in People With RA

      Aug. 8, 2012 -- People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may be up to four times more likely to have gum disease than people without this autoimmune disease. What's more, gum disease is often more severe in people with RA, a new study suggests. The findings, which appear in the Annals of Rheumatic Dise

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    9. 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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    10. 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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