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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    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. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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. But

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