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  1. Daily Pain, Fatigue From Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Oct. 1, 2004 -- Pain, stiffness, and fatigue affect 70% of rheumatoid arthritis patients every day despite treatment with the newer, more advanced drugs against the disease, according to a new Arthritis Foundation survey. The telephone survey, conducted by Harris Interactive for the Arthritis Founda

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  2. New Treatment May Block Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Sept. 26, 2004 -- An experimental new treatment may stop the destruction of the joints caused by rheumatoid arthritis (RA) without the side effects of currently available medications. A new study shows that the drug selectively targeted immune cells involved in the destruction of joint tissue and st

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  3. FDA Issues New Warnings for Remicade

    Aug. 25, 2004 -- The FDA is warning doctors that people using the drug Remicade may face an increased risk of potentially fatal blood or nervous system disorders. Remicade was approved for the treatment of Crohn's disease in 1998 and for rheumatoid arthritis in 2000. Since then, the manufacturer, Ce

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  4. Tai Chi May Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis

    July 21, 2004 -- Practicing the ancient Chinese martial art of tai chi may help improve the range of motion for people with rheumatoid arthritis although it may not have a big impact on other aspects of the disease, according to a new study. Researchers say that tai chi has been recognized for centu

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  5. Early, Aggressive RA Treatment Best

    July 7, 2004 -- When it comes to treating rheumatoid arthritis, there is growing evidence that the best approach is to hit it early and hit it hard. New research from Finland shows that aggressive treatment soon after diagnosis with a combination of drugs is more effective for slowing disease progre

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  6. Cancer Drug May Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis

    June 18, 2004 -- Short-term rheumatoid arthritis treatment with a drug that targets a certain type of immune cell may provide lasting relief. A new study shows adding two doses of the cancer drug Rituxan to traditional rheumatoid arthritis treatments significantly reduced symptoms of the painful joi

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  7. Cholesterol Drug May Help Rheumatoid Arthritis

    June 17, 2004 -- The cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor offers modest but significant benefits to people with rheumatoid arthritis, a small study suggests. A lot more study is needed. But the new finding broadens the list of benefits from an amazing class of cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statin

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  8. Vitamin C May Fight Rheumatoid Arthritis

    June 9, 2004 -- Getting plenty of vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables in your diet may help prevent rheumatoid arthritis. A new study shows people who ate the least amount of fruits and vegetables were twice as likely to develop inflammation in the joints characteristic of rheumatoid arthritis comp

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  9. Vitamin D: Vital Role in Your Health

    Vitamins like C and E continue to be the darlings of many supplement lovers. But those vitamin superstars are being forced to share their throne with the long neglected vitamin D, which is finally getting the attention it may have always deserved. No doubt, you're probably familiar with the role of

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  10. Drug Combination Eases Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Feb. 26, 2004 -- A combination of two drugs commonly used separately to treat rheumatoid arthritis may be more effective in fighting the potentially crippling disease than using either drug alone. A new study showed that a combination therapy of Enbrel (etanercept) and methotrexate provided better r

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