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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Meditation May Ease RA Distress

    Sept. 28, 2007 -- New research shows that meditation may help people cope with rheumatoid arthritis. In a new study, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients reported less psychological distress after learning and practicing meditation for six months, compared with RA patients who didn't get meditation tr

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  4. Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus: Gene Link

    Sept. 5, 2007 -- Scientists have found a genetic tie between rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. The finding may eventually inspire similar treatments for rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, which are autoimmune diseases. In autoimmune diseases, the immune system attacks the body. Rheumatoid arthritis and l

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  5. New Arthritis Drugs: Skin Cancer Risk

    Aug. 29, 2007 -- Rheumatoid arthritis patients on Remicade or Enbrel have a small but higher risk of skin cancer, a new study confirms. The finding -- from 13,001 rheumatoid arthritis patients who twice a year completed detailed health questionnaires -- underscores recent evidence that higher doses

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  6. Malaria Drug May Cut Diabetes Risk

    July 11, 2007 -- The malaria drug hydroxychloroquine may help rheumatoid arthritis patients avoid diabetes. That news appears in this week's edition of The Journal of the American Medical Association. The study only included rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, but the researchers speculate the hydro

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  7. Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs Satisfy Most

    June 28, 2007 -- Rheumatoid arthritis patients tend to be satisfied with their rheumatoid arthritis treatments and reluctant to change those medications. That's according to a new study published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism's July edition. In rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the body's immune sy

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  8. New RA Drugs Show Promise

    June 15, 2007 (Barcelona, Spain) --The pipeline is bursting with promising new treatments for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), say researchers. RA is an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks its own joints, resulting in pain and inflammation. Though the advent of medications known as biologic agent

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  9. Alcohol May Cut Some Arthritis Risk

    June 15, 2007 (Barcelona, Spain) -- Drinking three or more alcoholic beverages per week may reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a study shows. The study also shows that greater reported alcohol consumption was associated with even lower risks of developing RA. But researchers ca

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  10. Gene Study Probes 7 Common Diseases

    June 6, 2007 - An analysis of 17,000 Britons has linked specific gene variants to bipolar disorder, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, Crohn's disease, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. The treasure-trove of genomic data comes from a consortium of 50 British groups cal

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