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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Breastfeeding Helps Avoid Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Nov. 4, 2004 -- The benefits of breastfeeding for babies are well known, but there is growing evidence that breastfeeding has a positive impact on a mom's health as well. New research shows that breastfeeding lowers a woman's risk for rheumatoid arthritis. The risk is cut in half among women who bre

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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