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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs Tied to Skin Problems

    April 4, 2005 -- Dutch researchers have linked a group of rheumatoid arthritis drugs to skin problems. Humira (adalimumab), Remicade (infliximab), and Enbrel (etanercept) are mentioned in the study, which appears in the journal Arthritis Research and Therapy. All of those medications are biologic tr

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  4. Growing Pains: When Should Parents Worry?

    Like mumps and measles, growing pains are a rite of passage, a sign of growing up. Most parents take it in stride. "It's just growing pains," they tell their crying child. But what exactly are these pains? Why do some kids get severe pain, while others get none? Could the pain mean something is real

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  5. Rheumatoid Arthritis Raises Heart Failure Risk

    Feb. 3, 2005 -- Rheumatoid arthritis is a significant risk factor for heart failure. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic find that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) doubles the risk of heart failure. Their report is in February's Arthritis & Rheumatism. In heart failure, the heart muscle doesn't pump as much blo

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  6. Expensive Meds Best for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

    Jan. 10, 2005 -- Newly diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients may get the most benefit from effective but high-priced medications, a British study shows. An autoimmune disease, RA is a leading cause of disability. It involves inflammation of joints and surrounding tissues. Over time, rheumatoi

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  7. New Remicade Warning

    Dec. 23, 2004 -- Remicade is linked to rare but sometimes deadly liver reactions, drug maker Centocor and the FDA announced Wednesday. Remicade is approved to treat rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease. In a "Dear Healthcare Professional" letter, Centocor is warning doctors that patients treated

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  8. New Remicade Warning.

    Dec. 23, 2004 -- Remicade is linked to rare but sometimes deadly liver reactions, drug maker Centocor and the FDA announced Wednesday. Remicade is approved to treat rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease. In a "Dear Healthcare Professional" letter, Centocor is warning doctors that patients treated

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  9. Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Linked to Cancer

    Nov. 16, 2004 -- For people with rheumatoid arthritis, methotrexate is the treatment of choice in reducing pain and inflammation. But there's evidence the drug can activate a virus that can increase the risk of lymphoma and similar cancers in some patients. The study appears in this month's issue of

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  10. New Warnings on Humira Drug Label

    Nov. 9, 2004 -- The rheumatoid arthritis drug Humira has new additions on its warning label, according to a letter from the drug's maker, Abbott Laboratories Inc. Humira was approved by the FDA in 2002. It's administered by injection and works by blocking an inflammation-causing protein called tumor

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