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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Scientists Search For Rheumatoid Arthritis Genes

    After a half-dozen pint-sized robots organize genetic material onto plates and feed it into computers, Peter K. Gregersen, MD, painstakingly mines the data, hoping to discover the unique genes that make some people more susceptible to rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Gregersen, head of the Feinstein Insti

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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