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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Sea Algae May Ease Carpal Tunnel Pain

    Oct. 8, 2002 -- Can sea algae help carpal tunnel syndrome? Patients who took part in a small study say it can. An herbal supplement containing sea-algae extract reduces carpal tunnel pain, according to a report at the recent meeting of the American College of Nutrition. A companion study suggests th

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  4. Possible Cause for Arthritis Found

    Aug. 21, 2002 -- A slimy carbohydrate abundant in the joints may be the key to rheumatoid arthritis. Its exact role in causing disease is still unclear, but researchers already are looking for new treatments. These common carbs are called glycosaminoglycans or GAGs. GAGs are a major part of joint ca

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  5. Predicting the Severity of Arthritis

    -->May 10, 2002 -- Researchers have identified a protein, called RAGE, that may explain why some people with rheumatoid arthritis have severe symptoms while others experience only mild problems. The finding may also point the way to effective new treatments. RAGE proteins are found on the surface of

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  6. Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Prolongs Life

    April 4, 2002 -- A drug traditionally used to treat cancer patients, methotrexate, can also help prolong the life of people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, according to a new study. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a progressive disease that causes inflammation of joints and can lead to loss of mo

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  7. Arthritis Drug Too Dangerous, Group Says

    March 29, 2002 -- The rheumatoid arthritis drug Arava should be banned, a consumer watchdog group says. Arava is linked to 22 deaths in its first three years of approval, according to FDA data obtained by the watchdog group Public Citizen. Twelve of the deaths appear directly due to liver damage fro

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  8. Cigarettes Cause More Severe Arthritis

    March 15, 2002 -- Here's one more reason to quit smoking: it may save your joints. A new study shows cigarette smoking can cause a genetic reaction that leads to a more severe form of rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an often-debilitating condition in which the joints become painfu

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  9. Genes Play Minor Role in Arthritis

    Feb. 4, 2002 -- People with rheumatoid arthritis are often looking for reasons why they have the disabling joint pain and swelling. The latest study weighing in on this issue shows that it may have little to do with genes -- and much more to do with the environment. Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, affe

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  10. Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs' Link to Tuberculosis Examined

    Aug. 17, 2001 (Gaithersburg, Md.) -- A committee of FDA experts urged continued close scrutiny of two established rheumatoid arthritis drugs for their links to serious side effects. The drugs are Centocor's Remicade and Immunex's Enbrel, both of which became available in 1998. About 170,000 patients

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