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  1. 1 in 12 Women Will Have Autoimmune Disease

    Jan. 11, 2011 -- One in 12 women and one in 20 men in the U.S. will develop some sort of autoimmune disease in their lifetime, according to new estimates. Inflammatory autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), are relatively common conditions, especially among adults aged 50 and older.

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  2. Smoking May Interfere With RA Treatment

    Jan 5, 2011 -- People with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who smoke are less likely to respond to treatment with two of the most commonly used medications -- an older disease modifying antirheumatic drug called methotrexate and biologic drugs known as TNF blockers, according to a new study in Janua

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  3. Smoking Raises Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk

    Dec. 13, 2010 -- Add severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to the list of diseases linked to cigarette smoking. Findings from a study, which appear in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, suggest that smoking accounts for more than a third of cases of the most common form of RA and for more than 50% of

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  4. Heart Attack Risk Quickly Follows RA Diagnosis

    Dec. 8, 2010 -- Heart attack risk significantly increases one year after rheumatoid arthritis (RA) diagnosis, new research suggests. The new study, which appears in the December issue of the Journal of Internal Medicine, is not the first to link RA and heart disease, but it does show that an increas

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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