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