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    News and Features Related to Rheumatoid Arthritis

    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. Rheumatoid Arthritis Combo Works Better

      -->Nov. 6, 2002 -- Some rheumatoid arthritis sufferers don't get enough relief from methotrexate alone, which is the standard drug prescribed. A new study finds that they can safely take a second drug to get that pain relief. The combination treatment -- methotrexate plus Arava -- has shown positive

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    7. HMOs Denying Arthritis Patients New Meds

      Oct. 28, 2002 -- Rheumatoid arthritis patients probably know it already: Health maintenance organizations (HMOs) are denying access to new medications. While HMOs usually try to cut costs by cutting back on hospital stays, that's not the case when it comes to RA, according to a new report. It was pr

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    8. Cancer Drug Helps Rheumatoid Arthritis

      Oct. 25, 2002 -- A new cancer drug might also be effective for rheumatoid arthritis. Preliminary results of a study -- which tested the drug Rituxan -- were presented at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans this week. Rituxan is used to treat non-Hodgkins lym

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    9. Hitting Rheumatoid Arthritis Hard

      Oct. 25, 2002 -- For the best treatment in early stages of rheumatoid arthritis, experts have two suggestions -- act quickly and see a specialist. Both strategies help ensure that patients are more likely to get the best type and combination of drugs found to be most effective in treating this disab

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    10. Rheumatoid Arthritis Linked to Early Death

      Oct. 15, 2002 -- Rheumatoid arthritis increases the risk of premature death -- maybe to the same extent as having high blood pressure or heart disease -- a large study suggests. But experts say we're making headway toward treating the condition and preventing these early deaths. Researchers found th

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