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    1. Solid Marriage May Ease RA Pain

      Oct. 29, 2010 -- Being in a rock-solid marriage is linked with less joint pain and better functioning in people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). An autoimmune disease, RA affects multiple joints and tissues, causing pain and inflammation. Previous studies have found that married people with RA show l

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    2. Fibromyalgia, Restless Legs Syndrome Overlap

      Oct. 15, 2010 -- People who have fibromyalgia are much more likely to also have restless legs syndrome, according to a new study. Restless legs syndrome is a baffling disorder that causes uncomfortable sensations in the legs and/or the urge to move the legs. The study, published in the Oct. 15 issue

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    3. Yoga Eases Fibromyalgia Pain

      Oct. 14, 2010 -- Women with fibromyalgia can reduce symptoms of the disease and improve their function by practicing the mind-body techniques of yoga, a new study says. Researchers in Oregon who enrolled 53 women aged 21 or older for the study say that women who participated in a “Yoga of Awareness”

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    4. Arthritis on the Increase; Obesity Partly to Blame

      Oct. 7, 2010 -- Nearly 50 million Americans have doctor-diagnosed arthritis, and 21 million people say the disease limits their physical activities, the CDC says. In its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for Oct. 8, the CDC says arthritis is increasing, that it’s especially common among people w

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    5. New Drug Helps Treatment-Resistant Arthritis

      Sept. 28, 2010 -- An experimental rheumatoid arthritis treatment helps two-thirds of patients getting too little relief from methotrexate. The drug, from a company called Rigel, is R788 or fostamatinib disodium. The oral drug targets an enzyme called Syk. Nobody is exactly sure of the role Syk plays

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    6. Anger Increases Pain in Women

      Sept. 24, 2010 -- Negative emotions such as anger and sadness increase pain in women who suffer from fibromyalgia and in those who don’t, according to a new study. Researchers in the Netherlands conducted experiments on a total of 121 women, 62 with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, and 59 who

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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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