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    News and Features Related to Rheumatoid Arthritis

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