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    News and Features Related to Rheumatoid Arthritis

    1. 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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    2. Diet and Rheumatoid Arthritis: How to Fix Fast and Simple Meals

      Everyone wants to save time and energy in the kitchen. It's particularly important when aching joints from arthritis turn preparing a meal into a monumental task. We've put together some ideas for easy meals that take the strain off your hands and body and don't wear you out. At the same time, they

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    3. Rheumatoid Arthritis: Keeping a Positive Outlook

      The stress of waging a constant health battle can get to you. Day after day, week after week. It's easy to get down, depressed. Just ask Carla Guillory. She's become an expert at what psychiatrists call realistic optimism -- reining in your thoughts, keeping fears and negativity at bay. It's been Gu

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    4. Drug Combo Fights Rheumatoid Arthritis

      July 15, 2008 -- In the early stages of rheumatoid arthritis, taking the drugs Enbrel and methotrexate may make remission more likely than taking methotrexate alone, a new study shows. The study, published in The Lancet, included 542 rheumatoid arthritis patients in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and

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    5. FDA Checking for Cancer-TNF Drug Link

      June 4, 2008 -- The FDA is investigating whether cancers in about 30 children and young adults are linked to the use of Remicade, Enbrel, Humira, or Cimzia to treat childhood arthritis, Crohn's, or other diseases. The cancers occurred over a 10-year period beginning in 1998. Remicade is approved for

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    6. Antsy Rheumatoid Arthritis Antidote?

      April 24, 2008 -- Will rheumatoid arthritis and hepatitis meet their match in a certain type of Chinese ant? The Chinese ant Polyrhacis lamellidens has painkilling and anti-inflammatory properties and is used in Chinese folk medicine to treat rheumatoid arthritis and hepatitis, Chinese and Japanese

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    7. FDA OKs Orencia for Juvenile Arthritis

      April 10, 2008 -- Children ages 6 and older living with a moderate to severe form of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) have a new treatment option. The FDA approved the drug Orencia for pediatric patients after a large study showed that those who received the medication had significantly fewer sym

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    8. RA Heart Tip: Try Gluten-Free Vegan Diet

      March 21, 2008 -- "Gluten-free" vegan diets aren't just for health-food nuts. New research from Sweden shows that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients who skip both animal products and certain grains could reduce their risk of having a heart attack or stroke. RA is a chronic inflammatory disease that

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    9. Studies Back New RA Drug

      March 20, 2008 -- Actemra, an experimental biologic drug, shows promise in treating rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis (formerly called juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, or JRA). That news comes from the drug's phase III trials, which test safety and effectiveness. Biologic drugs, s

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    10. Adult Stem Cells May Treat Many Diseases

      Feb. 26, 2008 -- Adult stem cells harvested from either blood or bone marrow hold promise for the treatment of a wide range of autoimmune diseases and heart disease, a research review shows. Since the late 1990s, adult stem cell therapy has been used experimentally to treat multiple sclerosis (MS),

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