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    News and Features Related to Rheumatoid Arthritis

    1. Child, Teen Cancers Linked to TNF Blockers

      Aug. 4, 2009 - The FDA warns that TNF blockers -- the immune-disease drugs Remicade, Enbrel, Humira, Cimzia, and Simponi -- may cause lymphoma and other cancers in children and teens. The drugs already carry a black-box warning that they may cause cancer. But the FDA now says the warning labels must

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    2. Rheumatoid Arthritis: New Treatment Target?

      June 30, 2009 -- Scientists have found a potential new target for rheumatoid arthritis treatment. That target is an immune system compound called tenascin-C. In a new study, researchers report that tenascin-C is needed to sustain joint inflammation and boosts production of certain inflammatory chemi

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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. Rheumatoid Arthritis, Work, and Disability

      Nancy Hardin, age 71, of Dyersburg, Tenn., was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) 11 years ago. A few months after her diagnosis, she quit her teaching job at a local high school because she could barely walk. Then she started taking the biologic drug Remicade and became nearly symptom-free. N

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