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  1. Medications for RA Linked to Skin Cancer

    Oct. 19, 2009 (Philadelphia) -- People who take immune-disease drugs called TNF blockers for rheumatoid arthritis should check their bodies regularly for abnormal growths that can signal skin cancer. That's the advice of doctors after two new studies showed that patients treated with TNF blockers ha

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  2. Fighting Gout With Skim Milk and Water

    Oct. 19, 2009 (Philadelphia) -- There's a new reason to drink plenty of water and skim milk: Both may help to prevent painful gout attacks, new studies show. "With gout, we spend a lot of time telling patients what they can't do -- to avoid beer and red meat, for example," says University of Aucklan

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  3. Genetic Link to Lupus

    Oct. 19, 2009 -- At least a dozen or more genes may help explain what causes lupus, according to two new studies. Researchers have identified 12 genetic variants that are associated with an increased risk of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), the disease commonly referred to as lupus. Lupus is an a

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  4. Chinese Herb May Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Aug. 17, 2009 -- A Chinese herbal remedy may help ease symptoms in people with rheumatoid arthritis. A new study shows that the Chinese herbal remedy Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F (TwHF), also known as “lei gong teng” or "thunder god vine," helped decrease joint tenderness and pain in a small group

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  5. Behavioral Therapy for Pain and Insomnia

    Aug. 15, 2009 -- Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia may help older people who suffer pain from osteoarthritis, a new study shows. The researchers conclude that cognitive behavioral therapy to help with sleep should be considered to help manage chronic pain conditions such as osteoarthritis. "

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  6. Biologic Drug for Early RA?

    Aug. 6, 2009 -- In a new study, rheumatoid arthritis researchers say they've found a good plan for treating rheumatoid arthritis in its early stages.  The study, published in The Lancet, included 487 adults in Sweden who had had rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for less than one year. First, all of the pat

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  7. Child, Teen Cancers Linked to TNF Blockers

    Aug. 4, 2009 - The FDA warns that TNF blockers -- the immune-disease drugs Remicade, Enbrel, Humira, Cimzia, and Simponi -- may cause lymphoma and other cancers in children and teens. The drugs already carry a black-box warning that they may cause cancer. But the FDA now says the warning labels must

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  8. Lupus Drugs Dull Flu Shots

    July 30, 2009 -- Immunity-suppressing lupus drugs dampen the effects of flu vaccines, a Dutch study warns. Lupus patients who are taking these drugs at the same time they get their flu shots may be vulnerable to flu complications. Flu is often more severe and deadly for lupus patients than for peopl

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  9. Rheumatoid Arthritis: New Treatment Target?

    June 30, 2009 -- Scientists have found a potential new target for rheumatoid arthritis treatment. That target is an immune system compound called tenascin-C. In a new study, researchers report that tenascin-C is needed to sustain joint inflammation and boosts production of certain inflammatory chemi

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  10. New Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug in the Works

    June 29, 2009 -- An experimental drug called masitinib may ease rheumatoid arthritis symptoms in people who aren't helped by other drugs, a new study shows. That study, published online in Arthritis Research & Therapy, included 40 adults in France who had rheumatoid arthritis (RA) that didn't respon

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