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  1. Rheumatoid Arthritis: 8 Top Myths

    Rheumatoid arthritis affects about 1% of the population worldwide, but still misunderstanding swirls around this common and severe joint condition.   "There are so many misconceptions out there about rheumatoid arthritis," says Paul Kremer, MD, a rheumatologist and professor of medicine at Albany Me

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  2. RA and Your Diet: Can Foods Reduce Inflammation?

    Can your diet help ease rheumatoid arthritis symptoms? The research is mixed, but this much is true: RA pain and stiffness is caused by inflammation, and some foods have an anti-inflammatory effect in the body. While changing your diet won’t eliminate your RA symptoms completely, learning which food

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  3. Biologics for RA: Costs and Insurance

    Biologic drugs for rheumatoid arthritis work for 2 out of 3 people who take them for RA. These genetically engineered drugs often slow or halt the progression of joint damage, and they may even push RA into remission. But the drugs are expensive; they cost about $1,000 to $3,000 a month. Even with h

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  4. Rheumatoid Arthritis Linked to Irregular Heartbeat

    March 8, 2012 -- Rheumatoid arthritis patients appear to have an increased risk for developing the irregular heart rhythm condition atrial fibrillation, which is strongly linked to stroke. In a new study involving more than 4 million Danish adults identified though a national health registry, people

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  5. Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis Affect Birth Rates

    Feb. 16, 2012 -- More than half of women diagnosed with lupus or rheumatoid arthritis prior to completing their families end up having fewer children than they had planned for, new research suggests. The study is among the first to examine infertility, pregnancy loss, and family planning choices in

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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