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  1. 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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  2. Treating RA: Is It Time for a Biologic?

    Since they were first introduced in 1998, biologic response modifiers -- or biologics -- have made a huge difference in the lives of people with rheumatoid arthritis. These powerful drugs don't just treat the symptoms of RA. Biologics for rheumatoid arthritis can target the underlying cause, relievi

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  3. Lupus, Sex, and Relationships

    The chronic pain and fatigue associated with lupus can affect more than your health; many patients find that their condition interferes with their sexual relationships, as well. Reasons for that include lupus flare-ups, pain, fatigue, side effects from medication, and self-image issues. And that's o

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  4. Treating RA: Choosing The Right Biologic for You

    In the late ’90s, biologic response modifiers changed expectations for patients with rheumatoid arthritis. People with RA-related pain, inflammation, and possible disability had a new and better way to control the condition. Since the first biologics’ success, new ones have continued to enter the ma

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  5. Biologics for RA: Understanding Risks and Benefits

    Medications called biologic response modifiers have given new hope to people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and the doctors who treat them. Until the late ’90s, people with RA looked at a future of pain, lost function, and eventual disability. Biologics have changed that outlook. Many people now liv

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  6. FDA Panel Rejects Gout Drug on Safety Concerns

    June 21, 2011 -- Safety concerns led an FDA advisory to oppose approval of new drug for gout on Tuesday, despite widespread enthusiasm for the medication's effectiveness against the painful disorder. The recommendation is likely to push the FDA to hold off on approving the drug, known by the brand n

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  7. Some RA Drugs May Lower Diabetes Risk

    June 21, 2011 -- Specific drugs used to treat inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriasis may also help protect patients with these conditions from developing type 2 diabetes, a study shows. Use of TNF-inhibitor biologic agents such as Enbrel, Humira, and Remicade, and hydroxy

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  8. New Oral RA Drug Works in Unique Way

    May 26, 2011 -- An experimental drug called tofacitinib may help treat rheumatoid arthritis -- and it's taken as a pill, rather than as an injection or infusion. In London, researchers reported results from a study in which rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients took tofacitnib or a placebo. Tofacitinib

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  9. Lupus, Skin Care, and Makeup

    Amanda Greene, 43, stashes a tube of sunscreen in her purse and car so that she can reapply it throughout the day -- as frequently as some women touch up their makeup. Using sun protection is second nature for Greene, who was diagnosed with lupus (SLE) at 15 and is photosensitive. "I use it from hea

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  10. CDC Links Obesity, Arthritis, and Lack of Exercise

    May 19, 2011 -- Obese adults with arthritis are 44% more likely to be physically inactive than obese people who do not suffer from the painful disease that causes inflammation and stiffness of the joints, the CDC says in a new report. According to the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for

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