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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Statins May Curb Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Jan. 30, 2006 -- Cholesterol-curbing drugs called statins may help treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a new study shows. In lab tests, statins prompted the death of certain joint cells involved in rheumatoid arthritis, according to the researchers. They included Takao Nagashima, MD, of St. Marianna Un

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  4. Rheumatoid Arthritis: Finding the Right Medication for You

    For people with rheumatoid arthritis, medications are a fact of life -- helping control pain and swelling, and preventing damage to joints. The newest drugs can even stop the disease in its tracks. That's the good news -- the drugs keep improving, bringing real hope for the millions with this diseas

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Making the Decision About Endoscopic Surgery

    Endoscopic or minimally invasive surgery is the hot new surgical trend. It can significantly reduce scarring and recovery time. But it isn't right for everyone. Here are some suggestions for things to do - and think about - before you and your doctor settle on an approach. Do some research. Is there

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