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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. N

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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. RA Diagnosis Doubles Heart Attack Odds

      Oct. 30, 2008 -- Getting a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis doubles the risk of having a heart attack within the next 10 years, according to Swedish researchers presenting their findings this week at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology in San Francisco. But that disturbing ne

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    9. Rheumatoid Arthritis May Be Up in Women

      Oct. 27, 2008 -- Rheumatoid arthritis appears to be increasing among women, but not men, after 40 years of decline, according to Mayo Clinic researchers. "We don't know why," says Hilal Maradit-Kremers, MD, associate professor of epidemiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who is presenting

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    10. Quit Smoking to Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis

      Oct. 25, 2008 -- People with rheumatoid arthritis may be able to reduce the pain, stiffness, and other symptoms of their disease by quitting smoking, new research indicates. Scientists presented evidence Saturday at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting in San Francisco that

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