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  1. Statins May Not Benefit Kids With Lupus

    Nov. 9, 2010 (Atlanta) -- The routine use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs in children and adolescents with systemic lupus is not warranted, a new study suggests. Researchers say the findings surprised them, as children with systemic lupus are at increased risk of early-onset atherosclerosis tha

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  2. Vitamin D Fails Osteoarthritis Test

    Nov. 9, 2010 (Atlanta) -- In a two-year study, vitamin D supplements failed to reduce pain or slow the progression of joint damage in people with osteoarthritis of the knee, researchers report. Based on previous research, "I was optimistic," says Timothy McAlindon, MD, MPH, associate professor of me

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  3. Lupus Linked to Increased Risk of Cancer

    Nov. 9, 2010 (Atlanta) -- People with systemic lupus are 15% times more likely to develop cancer compared with the general population, suggest findings of a study involving nearly 13,500 people with systemic lupus. The higher malignancy rate among people with systemic lupus is driven mainly by an in

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  4. Pill Cuts Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

    Nov. 8, 2010 (Atlanta) -- An experimental pill may help to reduce pain and swelling and improve physical function in people with rheumatoid arthritis, according to findings from a late-stage study of more than 600 patients. There was also a signal that people given the new drug, tasocitinib, may be

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  5. Drug Improves Growth for Juvenile Arthritis Kids

    Nov. 4, 2010 -- Researchers have found that a drug used to treat autoimmune disorders effectively increased growth rates among children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), a disease that affects children’s joints and can stymie their growth rates. Researchers led by Edward H. Giannini, MSc, Dr

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  6. RA Drug Methotrexate Is Recalled

    Oct. 28, 2010 -- Glass flakes have led to the recall of Sandoz and Parenta brand injectable methotrexate, a drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, and psoriasis. The glass flakes "are the result of delamination of the glass used to manufacture the vials" of two dosages of the drug, the FDA

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  7. Solid Marriage May Ease RA Pain

    Oct. 29, 2010 -- Being in a rock-solid marriage is linked with less joint pain and better functioning in people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). An autoimmune disease, RA affects multiple joints and tissues, causing pain and inflammation. Previous studies have found that married people with RA show l

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  8. Fibromyalgia, Restless Legs Syndrome Overlap

    Oct. 15, 2010 -- People who have fibromyalgia are much more likely to also have restless legs syndrome, according to a new study. Restless legs syndrome is a baffling disorder that causes uncomfortable sensations in the legs and/or the urge to move the legs. The study, published in the Oct. 15 issue

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  9. Yoga Eases Fibromyalgia Pain

    Oct. 14, 2010 -- Women with fibromyalgia can reduce symptoms of the disease and improve their function by practicing the mind-body techniques of yoga, a new study says. Researchers in Oregon who enrolled 53 women aged 21 or older for the study say that women who participated in a “Yoga of Awareness”

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  10. Arthritis on the Increase; Obesity Partly to Blame

    Oct. 7, 2010 -- Nearly 50 million Americans have doctor-diagnosed arthritis, and 21 million people say the disease limits their physical activities, the CDC says. In its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for Oct. 8, the CDC says arthritis is increasing, that it’s especially common among people w

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