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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Severe Arthritis Linked to Cancer Risk

    Feb. 27, 2006 - Rheumatoid arthritis patients with the most severe disease are roughly 70 times more likely to develop lymphoma, a type of cancer, than patients with mild disease, according to new research from Sweden. The findings provide some of the best evidence yet linking the elevated lymphoma

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  5. Rheumatoid Arthritis, Artery Risk Tied

    Feb. 21, 2006 -- People with rheumatoid arthritis may be more likely to have neck arteries narrowed by plaque, a new study shows. The study focuses on the carotid arteries, which run up through the neck, bringing blood to the brain. Using ultrasound imaging, the researchers viewed the carotid arteri

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  6. Statins May Curb Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Jan. 30, 2006 -- Cholesterol-curbing drugs called statins may help treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a new study shows. In lab tests, statins prompted the death of certain joint cells involved in rheumatoid arthritis, according to the researchers. They included Takao Nagashima, MD, of St. Marianna Un

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  7. Rheumatoid Arthritis: Smokers at Risk

    Jan. 5, 2006 - Smoking may aggravate genes that make some people more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Swedish scientists report the finding in Arthritis & Rheumatism. They compared the genes and smoking habits of 930 people with RA and 383 without RA. All participants were Swedish and h

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  8. FDA OKs New Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug

    Dec. 27, 2005 -- The FDA has approved Orencia, a member of a new class of drugs for treating rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The announcement comes from Orencia's maker, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. Orencia is to be used to reduce RA's signs and symptoms in patients not helped by other RA drugs, accordi

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  9. Pot-Based Drug Promising for Arthritis

    Nov. 8, 2005 - A spray containing two chemicals extracted from marijuana improved pain and sleep in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, British researchers report. The study, which appears in Rheumatology, was small, brief, and likely the first of its kind, note the researchers. They write that the

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  10. Drug Combo Best for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Oct. 28, 2005 -- Two or even three drugs are much better than one in treating the early stages of rheumatoid arthritis and preventing future complications, according to a new study. Dutch researchers compared the four most recommended and widely used prescription drug treatments for early rheumatoid

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