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  1. Chinese Herb May Treat Autoimmune Diseases

    June 4, 2009 -- A drug derived from an herb used in Chinese medicine for 2,000 years is the first to target specific cells that are overactive in rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and other autoimmune diseases. The ancient herb is chang shan, from the root of the blue evergreen hydrangea. It's been u

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  2. Tai Chi May Ease Arthritis Pain

    June 4, 2009 -- Practicing the traditional Chinese martial art tai chi may reduce arthritis pain and disability. That's according to a new research review, published in the June 15 edition of Arthritis Care & Research. The reviewers pooled data from seven studies. Five of the studies included people

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  3. FDA OKs Cimzia for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    May 19, 2009 -- The FDA has approved the Crohn's disease drug Cimzia to treat moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis in adults who have had an inadequate response to conventional therapy. That news comes from UCB, the drug company that makes Cimzia. Cimzia targets an inflammatory compound called TN

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  4. Lupus May Lessen Sense of Smell

    May 7, 2006 -- People with lupus may be more likely to have a diminished sense of smell, a new study says. The finding may be significant, Israeli researchers say, because a loss of smell could be a symptom that would help doctors make an earlier diagnosis of lupus and other diseases. Olfactory dysf

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  5. Biologics for Rheumatoid Arthritis: No Cure-all

    May 1, 2009 -- Biologic therapies often prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis do help improve symptoms but don't eliminate them, according to a new study. However, patients who remain on subcutaneous biologic therapies -- medications injected under the skin -- have fewer symptoms than those who discon

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  6. FDA OKs Simponi for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    April 24, 2009 -- The FDA has approved Simponi (golimumab), a monthly treatment for adults with moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. All three conditions are chronic disorders in which the immune system attacks multiple joints, causing stiffness,

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  7. Naltrexone May Ease Fibromyalgia Symptoms

    April 17, 2009 -- An inexpensive drug called naltrexone may make a good treatment for fibromyalgia, report researchers at Stanford University. Naltrexone isn't a new drug; it's been around for more than 30 years and is used to treat opioid addiction. Stanford's Jarred Younger, PhD, and Sean Mackey,

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  8. Birth Control Pills May Raise Lupus Risk

    April 13, 2009 -- Women who take birth control pills, especially higher-dose versions, may have an increased risk of getting lupus, an autoimmune disease, according to a new study. "Women who take oral contraceptives have a 50% higher risk of having lupus than women who don't take them," says study

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  9. Fear Keeps Many From Fighting RA Pain

    March 25, 2009 -- Many people with rheumatoid arthritis may have barriers that hinder optimal management of their pain, a study suggests. Barriers to pain reduction, Canadian researchers say, include fear of medication side effects, fear of drug interactions, worry about drug addiction, concerns tha

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  10. Vitamin C May Help Prevent Gout

    March 9, 2009 -- Boosting vitamin C intake may be a simple way to help prevent one of the most common forms of arthritis. A new study shows the vitamin better known for fighting colds may also prevent gout. Researchers found men who had the highest vitamin C intake from supplements and food were up

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