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  1. Cancer Risk Higher for Kids With Arthritis

    Feb. 13, 2012 -- Children with juvenile arthritis develop cancer four times more often than children without the disease, but the treatments they receive -- including biologic treatments like Enbrel -- may not explain their increased risk, according to a new study. If confirmed, researchers say the

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  2. Chinese Herb Targets Immune System

    Feb. 12, 2012 -- A new discovery about a 2,000-year-old Chinese herbal remedy derived from the roots of the blue evergreen hydrangea may pave the way for a new generation of targeted treatments for autoimmune disorders. A new study suggests the Chinese herb known as Chang Shan selectively weakens th

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  3. 2 in 5 Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Sedentary

    Jan. 26, 2012 -- More than 40% of U.S. adults with rheumatoid arthritis get no exercise, according to a study published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research. RA, which affects 1.3 million adults, is a painful condition that causes joints to be swollen, stiff, and damaged. Inactivity puts RA pati

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  4. Pill for Rheumatoid Arthritis Works as Well as Shot

    Nov. 11, 2011 (Chicago) -- An experimental pill called tofacitinib appears to reduce the pain and swelling of rheumatoid arthritis just as well as Humira injections, researchers say. Biologic drugs have markedly improved RA treatment in recent years. But one of their main disadvantages is that they

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  5. Women Under 50 With RA at Higher Fracture Risk

    Nov. 11, 2011 (Chicago) -- Women under 50 with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are more than twice as likely to break a bone as those without the condition, a large study shows. While it’s known that rheumatoid arthritis is associated with a higher rate of fractures in older men and women, "there is an in

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  6. WebMD 5: Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is perhaps the most common inflammatory arthritis in the world, says Gary S. Firestein, MD, professor of medicine, dean and associate vice chancellor of translational medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. In the United States, an estimated

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  7. Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs May Have Small Skin Cancer Risk

    Sept. 7, 2011 -- A popular class of rheumatoid arthritis drugs may slightly increase skin cancer risk but not the risk of other cancers, a "reassuring" study finds. Cimzia, Enbrel, Humira, Remicade, and Simponi all inhibit a natural protein called tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFa). TNFa plays a maj

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  8. Young Adults Living With RA

    Last winter, after spending a few afternoons shoveling snow, Heather Miceli, 27, woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t get out of bed. “My joints had swelled up so much that I couldn’t move without crying,” she says. Two months later, the college professor at Johnson and Wales University i

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  9. Painkillers Linked to Heart Rhythm Disorder

    July 6, 2011 -- Widely used anti-inflammatory pain relievers may increase the risk of atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm disorder associated with stroke and heart failure. In a newly published study from Denmark, use of non-selective, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and Cox-2 i

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  10. Treating RA: Is It Time for a Biologic?

    Since they were first introduced in 1998, biologic response modifiers -- or biologics -- have made a huge difference in the lives of people with rheumatoid arthritis. These powerful drugs don't just treat the symptoms of RA. Biologics for rheumatoid arthritis can target the underlying cause, relievi

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