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    1. Gout Linked to Low Levels of Lead

      Aug. 20, 2012 -- New evidence that links low levels of lead in the blood to an increased risk of gout suggests that currently acceptable levels of lead exposure are too high. In a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers report that the risk of gout is apparently elevated even amo

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    2. Pill Instead of a Needle May Soon Be Option for RA

      Aug. 8, 2012 -- A new pill may soon offer people with rheumatoid arthritis an alternative to the injections and intravenous infusions that many rely on to treat their disease. The drug, tofacitinib, is a twice-daily pill that works by turning down the body's immune attack on its own joints and organ

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    3. Gum Disease More Common in People With RA

      Aug. 8, 2012 -- People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may be up to four times more likely to have gum disease than people without this autoimmune disease. What's more, gum disease is often more severe in people with RA, a new study suggests. The findings, which appear in the Annals of Rheumatic Dise

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    4. Newer RA Drugs May Reduce Heart Risk

      June 8, 2012 -- Rheumatoid arthritis patients who take medications known as anti-TNFs may be treating more than their disease. According to new research presented at a European meeting, these patients may be less likely to have a heart attack and are more likely to live longer than those with RA who

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    5. Actemra Tops Rival in Rheumatoid Arthritis Study

      June 7, 2012 -- A new study shows that the drug Actemra may be a more effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis than the drug Humira when the medications are used by themselves. Both medications are in a class called biologics, which are designed to inhibit parts of the immune system that cause i

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    6. Foods to Avoid if You Want to Avoid Gout Attacks

      May 30, 2012 -- If you have gout, you may want to pass on the liver and keep the anchovies off the pizza. People who had the highest amounts of compounds called purines in their diets increased their risk of having a gout flare-up by almost five times compared to those eating the least purine-rich f

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    7. Yoga May Improve Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

      May 24, 2012 (Honolulu, Hawaii) -- Young patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may feel better after practicing yoga for just six weeks, a new study shows. Researchers reported their findings here last week at the American Pain Society's annual meeting. "It seems to be a very feasible, practical t

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    8. 1/3 With Arthritis Report Anxiety or Depression

      April 30, 2012 -- One-third of people 45 and older with arthritis report that they are depressed or anxious, a new study shows. And anxiety may even be more common than depression among these people. "The emotional consequences of arthritis are high," says researcher Louise Murphy, PhD. She is an ep

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    9. Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Have Higher Fail Rates

      March 12, 2012 -- Data from the world’s largest joint replacement registry show that troubled metal-on-metal hip implants have early failure rates that are two to four times higher than implants made with other kinds of materials. The new study, which is published in the Lancet, shows that high earl

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    10. Rheumatoid Arthritis Linked to Irregular Heartbeat

      March 8, 2012 -- Rheumatoid arthritis patients appear to have an increased risk for developing the irregular heart rhythm condition atrial fibrillation, which is strongly linked to stroke. In a new study involving more than 4 million Danish adults identified though a national health registry, people

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