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  1. Muscle Relaxant May Ease Fibromyalgia Pain

    Sept. 14, 2011 -- Low doses of the muscle relaxant cyclobenzaprine, taken at bedtime, help people with fibromyalgia sleep better and feel less pain, according to a small study. "Bedtime treatment of fibromyalgia patients with low-dose cyclobenzaprine was safe and appears to be effective," says Seth

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  2. Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs May Have Small Skin Cancer Risk

    Sept. 7, 2011 -- A popular class of rheumatoid arthritis drugs may slightly increase skin cancer risk but not the risk of other cancers, a "reassuring" study finds. Cimzia, Enbrel, Humira, Remicade, and Simponi all inhibit a natural protein called tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFa). TNFa plays a maj

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  3. Supplement May Ease Pain of Hand Osteoarthritis

    Sept. 6, 2011 -- A new study from Switzerland finds the supplement chondroitin sulfate to be effective for relieving joint pain in patients with osteoarthritis of the hand. Researchers reported that chondroitin both decreased hand pain and improved stiffness. But an osteoarthritis specialist who spo

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  4. Fibromyalgia: Living a Balanced Life

    It can be difficult for anyone to balance everything in life. But when you have fatigue and chronic pain from fibromyalgia, prioritizing your activities and taking care of yourself is even more challenging -- and more important. “For many people with fibromyalgia, it can be difficult at first to fin

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  5. Does Knuckle Cracking Cause Arthritis?

    In every issue of WebMD the Magazine, we ask experts to answer readers' questions about a wide range of topics, including some of the oldest -- and most cherished -- medical myths out there. For our October 2011 issue, we asked Dimitrios Pappas, MD, assistant professor of medicine at Columbia Univer

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  6. Curry Spice Offers Hope for Tendinitis Pain

    Aug. 9, 2011 -- Curcumin, which gives the curry spice turmeric its bright yellow color, could be helpful in treating painful inflammatory conditions, such as tendinitis and arthritis, according to researchers at the University of Nottingham in the U.K. and Ludwig-Maxmillians University in Munich, Ge

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  7. Young Adults Living With RA

    Last winter, after spending a few afternoons shoveling snow, Heather Miceli, 27, woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t get out of bed. “My joints had swelled up so much that I couldn’t move without crying,” she says. Two months later, the college professor at Johnson and Wales University i

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  8. Gout on the Rise in the U.S.

    July 28, 2011 -- Gout has become more common in the United States in the past two decades, in part because of the nation’s obesity crisis and a greater frequency of high blood pressure, new research indicates. Gout, a type of arthritis that occurs when uric acid crystals build up in the joints, was

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  9. WebMD Expert Discussion: Managing Lupus and Work: Is Disability an Option?

    How can you keep a job when lupus lands you in the hospital a few times a year? When you literally can't get out of bed many mornings? What if you're self-employed and have to meet tight deadlines? These are some of the questions about work issues voiced by people in the WebMD Lupus Community. And,

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  10. Painkillers Linked to Heart Rhythm Disorder

    July 6, 2011 -- Widely used anti-inflammatory pain relievers may increase the risk of atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm disorder associated with stroke and heart failure. In a newly published study from Denmark, use of non-selective, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and Cox-2 i

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