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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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