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  1. 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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  2. Autoimmune Disease and RA

    What do rheumatoid arthritis (RA), type 1 diabetes, Graves' disease, and multiple sclerosis have in common? One affects joints, another blood sugar. One puts the thyroid into “overdrive.” And the last condition affects the brain and spinal cord. Although the diseases seem pretty different, there is

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  3. 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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  4. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Diabetes

    There’s research that suggests a connection between rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and diabetes. But the nature of that connection or even whether it’s actually real is unclear. "There are tantalizing links between the two diseases,” says Daniel Solomon, MD, MPH, an associate professor of medicine at Har

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  5. Rheumatoid Arthritis in Women

    Bess Schear, now age 48, once aspired to be a professional chef, but now she is happy just cooking for her husband, Howard, and their closest friends. But she's not complaining because there was a time when she didn't even think this type of informal cooking was possible. Diagnosed with rheumatoid a

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  6. The Link Between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lymphoma

    In the spring of 2006, Dora Burke finished her first triathlon with competitive results. When her ankle started hurting soon afterward, she chalked it up to the tough race. But in little over a month, this normally healthy, active mom in her 30s could barely move. Without warning, rheumatoid arthrit

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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. Getting a Grip on Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

    When you work on the Verrazano-Narrows, one of the biggest suspension bridges in the world, the cold temperatures and heavy lifting can really take a toll on your body. Construction worker John Melendez thought the pain and swelling he was experiencing in his hands, arms, and legs were just side eff

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  9. Juvenile Arthritis at School: 504 Plans, IEPs, and Pain Issues

    Sam Williams and his parents knew something was wrong when it hurt for the 8-year-old to grip a baseball bat, but they never considered juvenile arthritis. It hurt to write, giving Sam a sound excuse for not wanting to do his homework -- or even his work at school. After several weeks, Sam's pain gr

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  10. 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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