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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. How Fibromyalgia Affects Men

    Randy Wold, 58, was an auto mechanic, an excellent golfer, and a bowler who never scored below 200. Then, nearly 10 years ago, when he was suffering from intense chronic pain, he received a surprise diagnosis. His doctor told him he had fibromyalgia. A disorder that causes chronic pain and fatigue,

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  4. Weight Loss Strategies to Help Ease Osteoarthritis Pain

    It makes perfect sense if you think about it: carting around extra weight in your middle, for example, places a burden on your knees and hips. And study after study shows that this extra stress can put you at risk for developing osteoarthritis (OA), the wear-and-tear form of the disease. Being overw

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  5. New Lupus Treatment Benlysta: FAQ

    March 9, 2011 -- The FDA has approved Benlysta, the first new lupus treatment in 50 years. An FDA advisory panel last November voted 13-2 in favor of approval. But the panel noted that Benlysta is no wonder drug. Overall, it offered a modest benefit. Only 30% of patients who took the drug in clinica

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  6. New Lupus Drug Benlysta Approved

    March 9, 2011 -- The FDA has approved Benlysta, the first new lupus drug since 1955. Benlysta is approved for the treatment of patients with active, autoantibody-positive lupus who are getting standard therapy. Standard therapy includes corticosteroids, antimalarial drugs, immunosuppressive agents,

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  7. Scientists Make Discoveries in the Biology of Lupus

    March 9, 2011 -- Researchers think they may have discovered the mechanism that drives the body’s attack on its own cells and tissues in the autoimmune disease lupus. Two new studies published in the journal Science Translational Medicine point to a cycle of cell death and chronic inflammation involv

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  8. Poor Sleep May Worsen RA Symptoms

    Feb. 16, 2011 -- People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who don’t sleep well face significant risks of greater functional disability due to pain and fatigue symptoms associated with poor sleep quality, a new study shows. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh studied the relationship between sle

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  9. Obesity, Knee Osteoarthritis Hurt Seniors’ Life Expectancy

    Feb. 14, 2011 -- Obesity and osteoarthritis of the knee substantially affect the quality of life and life expectancy for millions of older Americans, according to a new study. Researchers say obesity and osteoarthritis often overlap in older adults, with increasing body weight putting stress on agin

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  10. Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs Are Underused

    Feb. 1, 2011 -- Widely available drugs that are recommended early in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis are not being prescribed nearly as much as they could be. That’s the conclusion of a new study that says effective medicines called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are not being

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