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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. '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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  5. 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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  6. Life With Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Carla Guillory was in her 30s -- enjoying life, raising her kids -- when the first symptoms began. "We'd been hiking on vacation, and I thought I had bruised my foot, but it didn't seem to get better. Then my hands started aching," she remembers. Right away, doctors suspected she had rheumatoid arth

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  7. 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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  8. How Rheumatoid Arthritis Spreads

    Nov. 9, 2009 -- Cells surrounding joints affected by rheumatoid arthritis may spread the disease to other joints by traveling through blood vessels, according to a new study. Rheumatoid arthritis is a progressive disease that causes joint inflammation and destruction. Researchers say initially the d

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  9. Study Eases Arthritis Drug Cancer Fears

    Oct. 29, 2009 - Rheumatoid arthritis patients who take the biologic drugs Remicade, Humira, and Enbrel do not appear to have an increased risk for developing cancer in the first few years of use, researchers in Sweden report. The study is one of the largest and longest population-based investigation

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  10. Study: No Benefit to Costly Arthritis Drugs

    Oct. 21, 2009 (Philadelphia) -- For many people with rheumatoid arthritis, the traditional, and much cheaper, disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) appear to work just as well as newer TNF blockers that target the underlying disease process, a large study shows. The findings also suggest th

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