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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. Caffeine May Trigger Gout Attacks

      Nov. 11, 2010 (Atlanta) -- An extra jolt or two of caffeine may trigger a gout attack in people with the painful and often disabling arthritic condition, preliminary research suggests. "We found that overall, as the number of servings of caffeinated beverages increased, so too did the chance of havi

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    8. 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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    9. Study: Sugary Soda, OJ Raise Gout Risk in Women

      Nov. 10, 2010 -- Women who drink one or more servings of sugary soda or orange juice a day may be increasing their risk for developing gout. That’s according to new research presented at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting in Atlanta. The findings will also be published in

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    10. Statins May Not Benefit Kids With Lupus

      Nov. 9, 2010 (Atlanta) -- The routine use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs in children and adolescents with systemic lupus is not warranted, a new study suggests. Researchers say the findings surprised them, as children with systemic lupus are at increased risk of early-onset atherosclerosis tha

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