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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Fixing Gums May Help Rheumatoid Arthritis

    June 12, 2009 -- Treating severe gum disease may alleviate some of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in people suffering from both conditions. “It was exciting to find that if we eliminated the infection and inflammation in the gums, then patients with a severe kind of active rheumatoid arthritis

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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