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  1. 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.

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  2. Rheumatoid Arthritis and Sex

    Your sex life (or the lack of one) is probably not high on the list of topics when you're discussing your rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with your doctor. Even if you didn't have a ton of other topics to talk about, such as side effects of your medicines, morning stiffness and pain, and that promising ne

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  3. Biologics for Rheumatoid Arthritis: No Cure-all

    May 1, 2009 -- Biologic therapies often prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis do help improve symptoms but don't eliminate them, according to a new study. However, patients who remain on subcutaneous biologic therapies -- medications injected under the skin -- have fewer symptoms than those who discon

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  4. FDA OKs Simponi for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    April 24, 2009 -- The FDA has approved Simponi (golimumab), a monthly treatment for adults with moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. All three conditions are chronic disorders in which the immune system attacks multiple joints, causing stiffness,

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  5. Hand Exercises for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    You need your hands to cook, clean, type, and do just about everything else. But you probably don’t think much about how important manual dexterity is unless you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or another type of arthritis that attacks your hand and finger joints. RA is a disease in which the body's

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  6. Fear Keeps Many From Fighting RA Pain

    March 25, 2009 -- Many people with rheumatoid arthritis may have barriers that hinder optimal management of their pain, a study suggests. Barriers to pain reduction, Canadian researchers say, include fear of medication side effects, fear of drug interactions, worry about drug addiction, concerns tha

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  7. Expert Answers to Top Questions About Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Whether you have just been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or have been living with this autoimmune disease for years, you no doubt have many questions and concerns. To help you get up to speed on the best ways to manage your RA today and for years to come, we took your top questions to rhe

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  8. Alternative Therapies for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    While researchers continue to develop medications to help people with rheumatoid arthritis, many patients and doctors are also exploring alternative therapies for the disease, including yoga, diet, and exercise. And they’re finding these therapies can make a big difference. Once a month, Sheila Will

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  9. Arthritis Treatments Raise Shingles Risk

    Feb. 17, 2009 -- Some of the powerful new drugs that offer relief to rheumatoid arthritis sufferers may increase risk of a different kind of suffering: shingles. Members of a class of drugs called TNF-alpha blockers nearly doubled the risk of herpes zoster, better known as shingles, among rheumatoid

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  10. Rheumatoid Arthritis Tougher on Women?

    Jan. 14, 2009 -- Rheumatoid arthritis may not only be more common in women than men, it may also take a tougher toll on women, a new study shows. The study, published online in Arthritis Research & Therapy, included about 6,000 patients in 25 countries, including the U.S. The patients completed surv

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