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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 ass

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    9. Cherries May Cut Risk of Gout Flare-ups

      Nov. 11, 2010 (Atlanta) -- People with gout may be able to cut in half their risk of recurrent attacks by eating about 20 cherries a day, preliminary research suggests. The findings support years of anecdotal reports from patients that cherries help keep the inflammatory arthritic condition in check

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    10. Gout Cases on the Rise in U.S.

      Nov. 10, 2010 (Atlanta) -- The latest figures on gout are in, and they’re disappointing, researchers say. Following a doubling of cases of the painful and often disabling arthritic condition from the 1960s to the 1990s, gout rates continued to rise through 2008, the most recent year studied. In a na

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