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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Depression Lurks for Low-Income RA Patients

    Jan. 28, 2011 -- Rheumatoid arthritis patients from lower socioeconomic groups are more likely to develop symptoms of depression than people who have higher incomes and better access to health care services, a new study indicates. Researchers at the University of California in San Francisco examined

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  9. 1 in 12 Women Will Have Autoimmune Disease

    Jan. 11, 2011 -- One in 12 women and one in 20 men in the U.S. will develop some sort of autoimmune disease in their lifetime, according to new estimates. Inflammatory autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), are relatively common conditions, especially among adults aged 50 and older.

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  10. Arthritis Doctors Too Often Opt for Drugs, Surgery

    Jan. 7, 2011 -- Many doctors who treat people with osteoarthritis are prescribing medications or choosing surgical options instead of recommending more conservative treatments such as weight loss and exercise programs. That’s the main conclusion of a new analysis published in the January 2011 issue

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