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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Metal Hip Replacements: Toxic Effects?

    May 13, 2011 - Can metal-on-metal hip replacements make people sick by releasing metal ions into the bloodstream? The FDA wants to know -- and is ordering the 21 makers of these devices to come up with answers. "The FDA is aware of public health questions regarding the safety of metal-on-metal (MoM)

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  5. Fibromyalgia Pain Takes Toll on Everyday Life

    May 13, 2011 -- Fibromyalgia affects relationships, parenting duties, and life decisions of people afflicted with the chronic pain disorder, a new survey finds. Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread muscle tenderness and pain, fatigue, and sleep problems. The cause is unclear, but abnormalitie

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  6. Fighting Lupus Fatigue

    If you have lupus, chances are good that you are no stranger to fatigue. It is one of the most common complaints among people with the disease. Artist and children’s book illustrator Adjoa B., who asked that her last name be withheld to protect her privacy, knows what it's like.  “I do experience th

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  7. WebMD 5: Our Expert's A's to Your Top Lupus Q's

    About 1.5 million Americans have lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE), the most common form), according to the Lupus Foundation of America. The majority, 90%, are women, who usually develop the disease between ages 15 and 44. African-American, Hispanic, and Asian women have a higher risk. El

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  8. Survey: Arthritis Can Hurt Quality of Life

    April 29, 2011 -- Arthritis may hurt more than just the joints of the 50 million Americans with the disease. A new survey suggests arthritis negatively affects physical as well as mental health. The results show the health-related quality of life of people with arthritis was two to three times worse

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  9. Arthritis Patients More Likely to Be Obese

    April 28, 2011 -- Adults with arthritis are more likely than those without arthritis to be obese, according to a new government study. ''The frequency of obesity is 54% higher among people with arthritis compared to those without,'' says Jennifer Hootman, PhD, an epidemiologist with the CDC. She is

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  10. Shorter Hospital Stay After Hip Replacement Surgery

    April 19, 2011 -- The average length of a hospital stay for hip replacement surgery has decreased significantly in recent years, new research indicates. But the rate of readmissions for complications or referrals to skilled care facilities has increased. Researchers say the two findings are not like

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