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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Treating RA: Choosing The Right Biologic for You

    In the late ’90s, biologic response modifiers changed expectations for patients with rheumatoid arthritis. People with RA-related pain, inflammation, and possible disability had a new and better way to control the condition. Since the first biologics’ success, new ones have continued to enter the ma

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  7. Biologics for RA: Understanding Risks and Benefits

    Medications called biologic response modifiers have given new hope to people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and the doctors who treat them. Until the late ’90s, people with RA looked at a future of pain, lost function, and eventual disability. Biologics have changed that outlook. Many people now liv

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  8. Some RA Drugs May Lower Diabetes Risk

    June 21, 2011 -- Specific drugs used to treat inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriasis may also help protect patients with these conditions from developing type 2 diabetes, a study shows. Use of TNF-inhibitor biologic agents such as Enbrel, Humira, and Remicade, and hydroxy

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  9. New Oral RA Drug Works in Unique Way

    May 26, 2011 -- An experimental drug called tofacitinib may help treat rheumatoid arthritis -- and it's taken as a pill, rather than as an injection or infusion. In London, researchers reported results from a study in which rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients took tofacitnib or a placebo. Tofacitinib

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  10. Poor Sleep May Worsen RA Symptoms

    Feb. 16, 2011 -- People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who don’t sleep well face significant risks of greater functional disability due to pain and fatigue symptoms associated with poor sleep quality, a new study shows. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh studied the relationship between sle

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