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  1. Arthritis Treatments Raise Shingles Risk

    Feb. 17, 2009 -- Some of the powerful new drugs that offer relief to rheumatoid arthritis sufferers may increase risk of a different kind of suffering: shingles. Members of a class of drugs called TNF-alpha blockers nearly doubled the risk of herpes zoster, better known as shingles, among rheumatoid

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  2. FDA OKs New Gout Drug Uloric

    Feb. 16, 2009 -- The FDA has approved Uloric, the first new gout drug in more than 40 years, according to Uloric's maker, Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Uloric, taken once daily by mouth, is approved for the chronic management of hyperuricemia (elevated levels of uric acid) in gout patients. Uloric works b

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  3. Psoriasis Drug May Ease Psoriatic Arthritis

    Feb. 12, 2009 -- Ustekinumab, a biologic drug designed to treat psoriasis, may also curb psoriatic arthritis, researchers report online in The Lancet. Ustekinumab isn't on the market. Its maker, Centocor Inc., had asked the FDA to consider approving ustekinumab to treat chronic moderate to severe pl

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  4. FDA OKs Fibromyalgia Drug Savella

    Jan. 15, 2009 -- The FDA has approved a new drug called Savella for the management of fibromyalgia. Savella belongs to a class of drugs called serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), which include some antidepressants. The drug companies behind Savella -- Forest Laboratories Inc. a

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  5. Rheumatoid Arthritis Tougher on Women?

    Jan. 14, 2009 -- Rheumatoid arthritis may not only be more common in women than men, it may also take a tougher toll on women, a new study shows. The study, published online in Arthritis Research & Therapy, included about 6,000 patients in 25 countries, including the U.S. The patients completed surv

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  6. Antidepressants Help Treat Fibromyalgia

    Jan. 13, 2009 -- Certain antidepressants can be effective treatments for fibromyalgia, but it is not clear if they are good choices for long-term use, a new research analysis shows. Fibromyalgia remains a poorly understood and hard-to-treat disorder, characterized by widespread pain with no clear ca

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  7. New Gout Drug Gets FDA Panel Nod

    Nov. 24, 2008 -- Uloric should be the first new gout drug to be approved in over 40 years, an FDA expert panel recommends. Currently, allopurinol (trade name, Zyloprim) is the only FDA-approved drug that prevents formation of the uric acid crystals that cause gout. However, side effects -- including

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  8. Fibromyalgia a ‘Real Disease,’ Study Shows

    Nov. 3, 2008 -- A new brain scan study concludes that fibromyalgia is related to abnormalities of blood flow in the brain. "Fibromyalgia may be related to a global dysfunction of cerebral pain-processing," study author Eric Guedj, MD, of Centre Hospitalo-Universitaire de la Timone, in Marseille, Fra

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  9. RA Diagnosis Doubles Heart Attack Odds

    Oct. 30, 2008 -- Getting a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis doubles the risk of having a heart attack within the next 10 years, according to Swedish researchers presenting their findings this week at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology in San Francisco. But that disturbing ne

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  10. Rheumatoid Arthritis May Be Up in Women

    Oct. 27, 2008 -- Rheumatoid arthritis appears to be increasing among women, but not men, after 40 years of decline, according to Mayo Clinic researchers. "We don't know why," says Hilal Maradit-Kremers, MD, associate professor of epidemiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who is presenting

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