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    1. Rheumatoid Arthritis: Smokers at Risk

      Jan. 5, 2006 - Smoking may aggravate genes that make some people more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Swedish scientists report the finding in Arthritis & Rheumatism. They compared the genes and smoking habits of 930 people with RA and 383 without RA. All participants were Swedish and h

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    2. FDA OKs New Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug

      Dec. 27, 2005 -- The FDA has approved Orencia, a member of a new class of drugs for treating rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The announcement comes from Orencia's maker, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. Orencia is to be used to reduce RA's signs and symptoms in patients not helped by other RA drugs, accordi

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    3. Pot-Based Drug Promising for Arthritis

      Nov. 8, 2005 - A spray containing two chemicals extracted from marijuana improved pain and sleep in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, British researchers report. The study, which appears in Rheumatology, was small, brief, and likely the first of its kind, note the researchers. They write that the

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    4. Drug Combo Best for Rheumatoid Arthritis

      Oct. 28, 2005 -- Two or even three drugs are much better than one in treating the early stages of rheumatoid arthritis and preventing future complications, according to a new study. Dutch researchers compared the four most recommended and widely used prescription drug treatments for early rheumatoid

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    5. Is Your Surgeon Qualified to Perform Endoscopic Surgery?

      Not every surgeon can perform endoscopic surgery. To help you learn what to look for, we turned to some top minimally invasive surgeons. What would they ask a surgeon if they were patients? Here's what they said. What are the surgeon's credentials? "You need to ask why a surgeon is qualified," says

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    6. FDA OKs 2 New Uses for Arthritis Drug Humira

      Oct. 5, 2005 - The FDA has approved two new uses for the arthritis drug Humira. The drug, which was previously approved to treat rheumatoid arthritis in 2002, is now also approved to treat psoriatic arthritis, a form of arthritis that arises in people with the skin condition psoriasis. The FDA also

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    7. Motor Oil Linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis

      Sept. 23, 2005 -- People who work with mineral oils, such as motor oil and hydraulic oil, may be more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis. A new study shows that men who had occupational exposure to mineral oils had a 30% higher risk of rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers say rheumatoid arthritis i

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    8. Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug May Improve Function

      Sept. 14, 2005 -- The experimental rheumatoid arthritis drug Orencia is safe and effective, researchers report in The New England Journal of Medicine. The researchers show that Orencia offered pain relief and increased movement in arthritis patients who had exhausted other treatment options. "This d

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    9. Taking NSAIDs? Protect Your Tummy

      Nearly every arthritis sufferer has taken a traditional painkiller like aspirin or Aleve. They are a great solution for relieving pain and inflammation, but there's a definite downside. These drugs often lead to more trouble including upset stomach and bleeding ulcers. There are some 20 traditional

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    10. Methotrexate Still Best for Juvenile RA

      April 20, 2005 -- Methotrexate still appears to be best for treating juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, but a newer medication, Arava, is a very good second choice. In an international study involving kids and teens with a particularly severe form of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, almost 90% showed sign

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