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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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