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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. Vitamin D May Prevent Arthritis

      Jan. 9, 2004 -- Move over vitamins A, B, C and E. It is beginning to look like the long ignored vitamin D is every bit as important for preventing disease as you are. New research makes the case that vitamin D helps protect older women against rheumatoid arthritis -- an autoimmune joint disorder of

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    5. Psoriasis Drug Helps Rheumatoid Arthritis

      Nov. 7, 2003 (Orlando) -- Patients with rheumatoid arthritis may look forward to relief from a drug that is already on pharmacy shelves. Researchers tested Amevive in combination with methotrexate to ease the pain of rheumatoid arthritis. Currently, there is no other rheumatoid arthritis drug that s

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    6. FDA Approves Weekly Enbrel

      Oct. 22, 2003 -- The FDA has approved the rheumatoid arthritis drug Enbrel for once-weekly dosing. Before now, Enbrel was only recommended as two 25 milligram injections three or four days apart. Now the 50 milligram dose can be given the same day. Amgen Inc. and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals jointly produc

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    7. New Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs Work Well

      June 24, 2003 -- Early treatment of rheumatoid arthritis patients with a relatively new class of drugs appears to prevent the progression of the crippling disease. New research about tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor drugs was presented last week at an international meeting of rheumatologists. T

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    8. Rheumatoid Arthritis and Birth Weight

      May 15, 2003 -- Although the cause of rheumatoid arthritis remains unknown, a new study suggests certain factors surrounding a person's birth may affect the risk of developing the potentially disabling disease as an adult. Rheumatoid arthritis usually develops after age 50 and affects nearly twice a

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    9. Greek Diet Eases Rheumatoid Arthritis

      Feb. 19, 2003 -- The so-called "Mediterranean diet," already believed to help prevent heart disease and some forms of cancer, may also reduce the pain and swelling of joints stricken with rheumatoid arthritis -- although relief may not begin for at least six weeks, suggests a new study. Still, signi

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    10. Rheumatoid Arthritis Doubles Heart Risk

      Feb. 18, 2003 -- Women with rheumatoid arthritis are twice as likely to have heart attacks, say researchers. And having arthritis for 10 years or more triples the risk. The findings add to the growing evidence that inflammation, which is a key component of rheumatoid arthritis, is critical in the de

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