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  1. Pill Cuts Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

    Nov. 8, 2010 (Atlanta) -- An experimental pill may help to reduce pain and swelling and improve physical function in people with rheumatoid arthritis, according to findings from a late-stage study of more than 600 patients. There was also a signal that people given the new drug, tasocitinib, may be

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  2. RA Drug Methotrexate Is Recalled

    Oct. 28, 2010 -- Glass flakes have led to the recall of Sandoz and Parenta brand injectable methotrexate, a drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, and psoriasis. The glass flakes "are the result of delamination of the glass used to manufacture the vials" of two dosages of the drug, the FDA

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  3. Solid Marriage May Ease RA Pain

    Oct. 29, 2010 -- Being in a rock-solid marriage is linked with less joint pain and better functioning in people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). An autoimmune disease, RA affects multiple joints and tissues, causing pain and inflammation. Previous studies have found that married people with RA show l

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  4. Will Exercise Hurt My Joints if I Have RA?

    In every issue of WebMD the Magazine, we ask our experts to answer readers' questions about a wide range of topics. In our October 2010 issue, we asked WebMD's health expert Brunilda Nazario, MD, just why and how exercise is good for people with rheumatoid arthritis.   Q : I have rheumatoid arthriti

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  5. Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs May Cut RA Risk

    Sept. 8, 2010 -- People who take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to reduce heart disease risk may also be cutting their risk for developing the painful inflammatory joint disease rheumatoid arthritis. The regular use of statins was associated with a 42% reduction in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) risk

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  6. New Way to Classify Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Aug. 11, 2010 -- A new way of classifying rheumatoid arthritis should lead to earlier identification of the disease, which, in turn, should help investigators explore new therapies to prevent its ravages, researchers say. The revised classification, announced this week by the American College of Rhe

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  7. Study: Alcohol Helps Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

    July 28, 2010 -- Rheumatoid arthritis patients who drink alcohol tend to have less severe symptoms than those who don’t, a new study finds. Earlier research has shown that compared to teetotalers, alcohol drinkers are less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis, a progressive and often disabling inf

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  8. New Drugs for Rheumatoid Arthritis: Is a Biologic Pill on the Way?

    The advent of a new class of drugs known as biologics has revolutionized the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). These drugs, which include Cimzia, Enbrel, Humira, Kineret, Orencia, Remicade, Rituxan, and Simponi, must be given via self-injection or intravenous infusion in the doctor’s office or

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  9. Rheumatoid Arthritis Is on the Rise

    May 28, 2010 -- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is on the rise among women after decades of decline, according to a new study, and environmental factors -- including birth control pills with lower doses of protective estrogen -- may help explain the increase. "It's a small increase," says researcher Sheri

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  10. Depressed RA Patients Disagree With Doctors

    May 27, 2010 -- Depressed patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are more likely than those without mood disorders to disagree with their doctors about the symptoms and treatment of their physical aches and pains, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco

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