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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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