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  1. Fast Diagnosis and Treatment Key to Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Jan. 13, 2000 (Los Angeles) -- Early diagnosis and prompt, appropriate treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are the keys to minimizing joint and tissue damage and enhancing quality of life, according to rheumatologist Eric L. Matteson, MD. Matteson reviewed the latest RA treatment strategies in th

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  2. Heart Risk: Arthritis Drugs Compared

    Nov. 29, 2006 - A new class of rheumatoid arthritis drugs is no different at cutting heart attack and stroke risk than an older treatment, a Harvard study shows. In the study, patients taking biologics, which are designed to suppress a specific part of the immune system, were compared with patients

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  3. Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis Early

    Nov. 13, 2006 (Washington) -- Two studies suggest that treating rheumatoid arthritis (RA) early and aggressively may change its course. The findings were presented at the 2006 annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease caused by the immune s

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  4. Cancer Drug for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

    Sept. 14, 2006 -- A drug commonly used to treat cancer may treat and perhaps even prevent painful rheumatoid arthritis. A new study shows the cancer drug Gleevec blocked the progression and development of rheumatoid arthritis arthritis in laboratory mice bred to get the disease. Although the results

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  5. No Cancer Risk from Arthritis Drugs?

    Aug. 31, 2006 -- Concerns that the newer rheumatoid arthritis drugs used to treat the sickest patients increase cancer risk aren't supported, according to a new study. The findings should reassure patients who take Enbrel, Remicade, or Humira. All of these drugs are so-called biologics -- meaning th

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  6. Rheumatoid Arthritis May Hamper Sex

    June 26, 2006 -- Rheumatoid arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis substantially diminishes the sex lives of more than three in 10 RA patients, according to a new study. The study comes from rheumatology experts in Norway, including Ylva Helland, MPhil, BSc, and Tore Kvien, MD. Both work in Norway's capital

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  7. Rheumatoid Arthritis Tougher in Women

    June 22, 2006 -- Women may be less likely than men to win relief from the pain of rheumatoid arthritis rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a Swedish study shows. Despite similar treatment, female patients with RA were less apt to achieve remission -- meaning there was little or no evidence of ongoing disease

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  8. Arthritis Drugs May Up Cancer Risk

    May 16, 2006 -- Rheumatoid arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis patients who take the newer biologic medications have a threefold increase in cancer cancer risk over patients who don't take them, a new analysis suggests. Researchers also concluded that the patients taking the tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-b

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  9. Rituxan Treats Rheumatoid Arthritis

    April 28, 2006 -- A cancerdrug that has a unique mode of action is showing promise in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Rituxan is the first drug to target a specific B immune cell, believed to play a role in inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. It was approved two months ago by

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  10. Rituxan OK'd for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    March 1, 2006 - The FDA has approved a first-of-its-kind treatment for rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Rituxan is recommended to treat moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis in combination with methotrexate. It's specifically intended for people who have not improved with treatments called tumor necrosi

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