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    News and Features Related to Rheumatoid Arthritis

    1. Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis Early

      Nov. 13, 2006 (Washington) -- Two studies suggest that treating rheumatoid arthritis (RA) early and aggressively may change its course. The findings were presented at the 2006 annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease caused by the immune s

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    2. Cancer Drug for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

      Sept. 14, 2006 -- A drug commonly used to treat cancer may treat and perhaps even prevent painful rheumatoid arthritis. A new study shows the cancer drug Gleevec blocked the progression and development of rheumatoid arthritis arthritis in laboratory mice bred to get the disease. Although the results

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    3. No Cancer Risk from Arthritis Drugs?

      Aug. 31, 2006 -- Concerns that the newer rheumatoid arthritis drugs used to treat the sickest patients increase cancer risk aren't supported, according to a new study. The findings should reassure patients who take Enbrel, Remicade, or Humira. All of these drugs are so-called biologics -- meaning th

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    4. Rheumatoid Arthritis May Hamper Sex

      June 26, 2006 -- Rheumatoid arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis substantially diminishes the sex lives of more than three in 10 RA patients, according to a new study. The study comes from rheumatology experts in Norway, including Ylva Helland, MPhil, BSc, and Tore Kvien, MD. Both work in Norway's capital

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    5. Rheumatoid Arthritis Tougher in Women

      June 22, 2006 -- Women may be less likely than men to win relief from the pain of rheumatoid arthritis rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a Swedish study shows. Despite similar treatment, female patients with RA were less apt to achieve remission -- meaning there was little or no evidence of ongoing disease

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    6. Arthritis Drugs May Up Cancer Risk

      May 16, 2006 -- Rheumatoid arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis patients who take the newer biologic medications have a threefold increase in cancer cancer risk over patients who don't take them, a new analysis suggests. Researchers also concluded that the patients taking the tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-b

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    7. Rituxan Treats Rheumatoid Arthritis

      April 28, 2006 -- A cancer drug that has a unique mode of action is showing promise in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Rituxan is the first drug to target a specific B immune cell, believed to play a role in inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. It was approved two months ago by

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    8. Rituxan OK'd for Rheumatoid Arthritis

      March 1, 2006 - The FDA has approved a first-of-its-kind treatment for rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Rituxan is recommended to treat moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis in combination with methotrexate. It's specifically intended for people who have not improved with treatments called tumor necrosi

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    9. Severe Arthritis Linked to Cancer Risk

      Feb. 27, 2006 - Rheumatoid arthritis patients with the most severe disease are roughly 70 times more likely to develop lymphoma, a type of cancer, than patients with mild disease, according to new research from Sweden. The findings provide some of the best evidence yet linking the elevated lymphoma

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    10. Rheumatoid Arthritis, Artery Risk Tied

      Feb. 21, 2006 -- People with rheumatoid arthritis may be more likely to have neck arteries narrowed by plaque, a new study shows. The study focuses on the carotid arteries, which run up through the neck, bringing blood to the brain. Using ultrasound imaging, the researchers viewed the carotid arteri

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