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  1. Pain Relief: How NSAIDs Work

    NSAIDs -- or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs -- are among the most common pain relief medicines in the world. Every day more than 30 million Americans use them to soothe headaches, sprains, arthritis symptoms, and other daily discomforts, according to the American Gastroenterological Associatio

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  2. 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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  3. 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,

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  4. 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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  5. New Twist on Prednisone for RA

    Jan. 17, 2008 -- Rheumatoid arthritis researchers have created a new steroid pill that works overnight to ease morning joint stiffness. Rheumatoid arthritis patients take the pill at night. The pill releases its prednisone four hours later, in time to curb morning joint stiffness. The new prednisone

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  6. RA of Hope

    Donna Schwartz, a 62-year-old retiree, has the dream snowbird life. She produces and directs comedies at a local theater in Delray Beach, Fla., plays tennis, goes for long leisurely walks almost daily, and drives up to Long Island, N.Y., around the holidays to spend time with her grandchildren. But

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  7. Combo Therapy Slashes Heart Risk in RA

    Nov. 9, 2007 (Boston) -- Combination therapy including TNF-inhibitors along with an older drug known as methotrexate can slash the risk of heart attack in people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). People with rheumatoid arthritis who receive TNF inhibitors plus methotrexate have an 80% lower risk of ha

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  8. Overweight Affects RA Remission

    Nov. 8, 2007 (Boston) -- People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who are overweight or obese may be less likely to go into remission when they are treated with a combination of conventional disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and steroids than their thinner counterparts, a study shows. Bu

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  9. Widening Death Gap Haunts RA Patients

    Oct. 29, 2007 -- Rheumatoid arthritis cuts years off people's lives -- and despite treatment advances, patients die at the same rate they did 50 years ago. Over the same five decades, the general population has seen a big jump in life expectancy. This means that the "mortality gap" continues to wide

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  10. Occupation, Autoimmune Deaths Explored

    Sept. 28, 2007 -- Farmers and teachers have an increased risk of dying from autoimmune diseases, but waitresses, bookkeepers, and teachers’ aides do not, new research shows. In the largest study ever to examine the occupations of people who die from systemic autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthr

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