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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Painkillers Linked to Heart Rhythm Disorder

    July 6, 2011 -- Widely used anti-inflammatory pain relievers may increase the risk of atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm disorder associated with stroke and heart failure. In a newly published study from Denmark, use of non-selective, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and Cox-2 i

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  9. FDA Panel Rejects Gout Drug on Safety Concerns

    June 21, 2011 -- Safety concerns led an FDA advisory to oppose approval of new drug for gout on Tuesday, despite widespread enthusiasm for the medication's effectiveness against the painful disorder. The recommendation is likely to push the FDA to hold off on approving the drug, known by the brand n

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  10. Some RA Drugs May Lower Diabetes Risk

    June 21, 2011 -- Specific drugs used to treat inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriasis may also help protect patients with these conditions from developing type 2 diabetes, a study shows. Use of TNF-inhibitor biologic agents such as Enbrel, Humira, and Remicade, and hydroxy

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