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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Do Special Diets Ease Symptoms of RA?

    May 21, 2010 -- Many of the 2.1 million people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) turn to special diets to help improve joint pain and other symptoms, but little is known about whether or not these diets -- some which may involve the elimination of certain foods --- are beneficial or even safe. Now a ne

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  6. 'Ghostly' Drug May Help Fight RA

    Jan. 28, 2010 - A ghostly "suicide" drug wafts into immune cells in joints, making the cells self-destruct and reducing rheumatoid arthritis in mice. The drug, technically a BH3 mimetic dubbed TAT-BH3, is a man-made molecule. One part of the molecule lets it drift through cell walls. The other part

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  7. Arthritis Doesn’t Slow Typing

    Jan. 29, 2010 -- A new study finds that people with rheumatoid arthritis are just as fast at most typing as people without rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The more significant predictors of computer speed are training (those with typing training are better than people who hunt-and-peck) and age, accordin

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  8. Blood Test May Predict Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Jan. 28, 2010 - Elevated levels of inflammatory proteins called cytokines and related factors in the blood may be an early warning sign of impending rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a new study. Researchers have found that levels of certain cytokines and related factors in the blood increase

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  9. New Arthritis Drug Actemra Approved

    Jan. 11, 2010 -- The FDA has approved Actemra for moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis for patients who have not responded to one or more TNF inhibitors. Actemra, given by once-monthly hour-long infusions, is the first IL-6 inhibitor for arthritis. TNF inhibitors include Cimzia, Enbrel, Humira, R

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  10. Rheumatoid Arthritis Medication: The Right Care

    When the burly, 45-year-old construction worker and heavy equipment operator first came to see rheumatologist Eric Matteson, MD, at the Mayo Clinic in the summer of 2006, he didn't look like the strong, vigorous man he'd once been. He had been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis for about three mont

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