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  1. FDA Approves Krystexxa to Treat Gout

    Sept. 17, 2010 -- The FDA has approved Krystexxa (pegloticase) for the treatment of gout. Krystexxa is for adults with long-standing chronic gout who do not improve with or cannot tolerate other treatments. The drug is associated with some serious side effects. Gout occurs when uric acid builds up i

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  2. Study: Glucosamine, Chondroitin No Help for Arthritis

    Sept 16, 2010 -- The popular supplements glucosamine and chondroitin don't do much to relieve the pain associated with hip or knee osteoarthritis (OA), according to a new analysis of 10 studies. This is not the first time that research has cast doubt on the effectiveness of these two supplements. Th

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  3. Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs May Cut RA Risk

    Sept. 8, 2010 -- People who take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to reduce heart disease risk may also be cutting their risk for developing the painful inflammatory joint disease rheumatoid arthritis. The regular use of statins was associated with a 42% reduction in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) risk

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  4. FDA Panel Rejects Xyrem as Fibromyalgia Treatment

    Aug. 20, 2010 -- An FDA advisory panel today overwhelmingly rejected the application of Jazz Pharmaceuticals for the approval sodium oxybate (Xyrem) for the treatment of fibromyalgia. The drug is chemically similar to GHB, widely considered a date-rape drug. Approving it for such a large patient pop

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  5. Acupuncture, Placebo Have Same Effect on Knee Arthritis

    Aug. 20, 2010 -- Traditional Chinese acupuncture proved no more effective for treating osteoarthritis of the knee than sham acupuncture, a new study says. People who got either form of therapy showed significant improvement in pain. The findings are published online and will appear in the September

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  6. Tai Chi: Best Fibromyalgia Treatment?

    Aug. 18, 2010 -- Just 12 weeks of tai chi -- the slow-motion Chinese martial art -- relieved longstanding fibromyalgia symptoms and improved quality of life in a clinical trial. Compared with patients who received wellness education and stretching exercises, those who practiced tai chi saw their fib

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  7. Pro Golfer Phil Mickelson Treated for Psoriatic Arthritis

    Aug. 11, 2010 -- Pro golfer Phil Mickelson recently announced that he is being treated for psoriatic arthritis. According to media reports, he first developed symptoms right before the U.S. Open, and the pain quickly became so intense that he couldn’t walk. To find out more about psoriatic arthritis

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  8. New Way to Classify Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Aug. 11, 2010 -- A new way of classifying rheumatoid arthritis should lead to earlier identification of the disease, which, in turn, should help investigators explore new therapies to prevent its ravages, researchers say. The revised classification, announced this week by the American College of Rhe

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  9. Patients Lose Weight After Total Joint Replacement

    July 30, 2010 -- Osteoarthritis patients who were obese lost weight after undergoing total knee or hip replacement surgery, according to a recent study published in Orthopedics.  Among a study group of 196 patients, researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine found that nearly 20% lost at least 5%

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  10. Study: Alcohol Helps Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

    July 28, 2010 -- Rheumatoid arthritis patients who drink alcohol tend to have less severe symptoms than those who don’t, a new study finds. Earlier research has shown that compared to teetotalers, alcohol drinkers are less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis, a progressive and often disabling inf

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