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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Smoking May Interfere With RA Treatment

    Jan 5, 2011 -- People with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who smoke are less likely to respond to treatment with two of the most commonly used medications -- an older disease modifying antirheumatic drug called methotrexate and biologic drugs known as TNF blockers, according to a new study in Janua

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  6. Smoking Raises Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk

    Dec. 13, 2010 -- Add severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to the list of diseases linked to cigarette smoking. Findings from a study, which appear in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, suggest that smoking accounts for more than a third of cases of the most common form of RA and for more than 50% of

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  7. Heart Attack Risk Quickly Follows RA Diagnosis

    Dec. 8, 2010 -- Heart attack risk significantly increases one year after rheumatoid arthritis (RA) diagnosis, new research suggests. The new study, which appears in the December issue of the Journal of Internal Medicine, is not the first to link RA and heart disease, but it does show that an increas

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  8. Light Exercise May Prevent Osteoarthritis

    Nov.  29, 2010 (Chicago) -- Light exercises such as walking and bowling and avoidance of knee-bending activities such as climbing and squatting may protect against osteoarthritis of the knee in at-risk people, researchers report. On the flip side, high-impact sports such as running and skiing are as

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  9. FDA Advisory Panel Backs New Lupus Drug

    Nov. 16, 2010 -- At the end of a day of often emotional testimony, an FDA advisory panel overwhelmingly voted to recommend the approval of a new drug for the treatment of systemic lupus. If the FDA follows the panel’s advice, the drug, belimumab, will be the first drug approved in more than 50 years

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  10. Benlysta Shows Promise for Lupus

    Nov. 15, 2010 (Atlanta) -- People with lupus given the first in a new class of experimental drugs that target the disease process did better than patients given standard treatment, according to one-year results of a large clinical trial. Longer follow-up of the patients suggests that over time, the

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