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  1. Pill for Rheumatoid Arthritis Works as Well as Shot

    Nov. 11, 2011 (Chicago) -- An experimental pill called tofacitinib appears to reduce the pain and swelling of rheumatoid arthritis just as well as Humira injections, researchers say. Biologic drugs have markedly improved RA treatment in recent years. But one of their main disadvantages is that they

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  2. High Uric Acid Linked to Both Gout and Diabetes

    Nov. 11, 2011 (Chicago) -- People with gout should make sure their uric acid levels are under control -- even if they're not experiencing symptoms of the painful arthritic disorder. "Many people are walking around with uncontrolled uric acid levels and we used to not worry about it -- if they're not

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  3. Vitamin D Shows Early Promise Against Lupus

    Nov. 8, 2011 (Chicago) -- In the first study of its kind, high doses of vitamin D were safe and appeared to temper some of the destructive immune system responses believed to cause lupus. The small, preliminary study did not look at whether skin rashes, fatigue, fever, and other symptoms of lupus ac

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  4. Most Sports Don't Raise Risk of Knee Osteoarthritis

    Nov. 7, 2011 (Chicago) -- While most sports don't seem to raise the risk of knee arthritis, some sports do seem to be particularly hard on the knees. Overall, athletes don't have a greater risk for knee osteoarthritis, says researcher Jeffrey Driban, PhD, assistant professor of rheumatology at Tufts

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  5. Wrong Shoes Make Gout Pain Worse

    Oct. 3, 2011 -- Sandals may look comfortable, but they can actually worsen the pain of people with gout. Researchers in New Zealand say people with gout commonly wear the wrong type of shoes, leading to increased pain, impairment, and disability. A group of scientists led by Keith Rome, PhD, of the

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  6. Muscle Relaxant May Ease Fibromyalgia Pain

    Sept. 14, 2011 -- Low doses of the muscle relaxant cyclobenzaprine, taken at bedtime, help people with fibromyalgia sleep better and feel less pain, according to a small study. "Bedtime treatment of fibromyalgia patients with low-dose cyclobenzaprine was safe and appears to be effective," says Seth

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  7. Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs May Have Small Skin Cancer Risk

    Sept. 7, 2011 -- A popular class of rheumatoid arthritis drugs may slightly increase skin cancer risk but not the risk of other cancers, a "reassuring" study finds. Cimzia, Enbrel, Humira, Remicade, and Simponi all inhibit a natural protein called tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFa). TNFa plays a maj

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  8. Supplement May Ease Pain of Hand Osteoarthritis

    Sept. 6, 2011 -- A new study from Switzerland finds the supplement chondroitin sulfate to be effective for relieving joint pain in patients with osteoarthritis of the hand. Researchers reported that chondroitin both decreased hand pain and improved stiffness. But an osteoarthritis specialist who spo

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  9. Curry Spice Offers Hope for Tendinitis Pain

    Aug. 9, 2011 -- Curcumin, which gives the curry spice turmeric its bright yellow color, could be helpful in treating painful inflammatory conditions, such as tendinitis and arthritis, according to researchers at the University of Nottingham in the U.K. and Ludwig-Maxmillians University in Munich, Ge

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  10. 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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