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  1. FDA OKs 2 New Uses for Arthritis Drug Humira

    Oct. 5, 2005 - The FDA has approved two new uses for the arthritis drug Humira. The drug, which was previously approved to treat rheumatoid arthritis in 2002, is now also approved to treat psoriatic arthritis, a form of arthritis that arises in people with the skin condition psoriasis. The FDA also

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  2. Motor Oil Linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Sept. 23, 2005 -- People who work with mineral oils, such as motor oil and hydraulic oil, may be more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis. A new study shows that men who had occupational exposure to mineral oils had a 30% higher risk of rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers say rheumatoid arthritis i

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  3. Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug May Improve Function

    Sept. 14, 2005 -- The experimental rheumatoid arthritis drug Orencia is safe and effective, researchers report in The New England Journal of Medicine. The researchers show that Orencia offered pain relief and increased movement in arthritis patients who had exhausted other treatment options. "This d

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  4. Methotrexate Still Best for Juvenile RA

    April 20, 2005 -- Methotrexate still appears to be best for treating juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, but a newer medication, Arava, is a very good second choice. In an international study involving kids and teens with a particularly severe form of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, almost 90% showed sign

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  5. Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs Tied to Skin Problems

    April 4, 2005 -- Dutch researchers have linked a group of rheumatoid arthritis drugs to skin problems. Humira (adalimumab), Remicade (infliximab), and Enbrel (etanercept) are mentioned in the study, which appears in the journal Arthritis Research and Therapy. All of those medications are biologic tr

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  6. Rheumatoid Arthritis Raises Heart Failure Risk

    Feb. 3, 2005 -- Rheumatoid arthritis is a significant risk factor for heart failure. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic find that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) doubles the risk of heart failure. Their report is in February's Arthritis & Rheumatism. In heart failure, the heart muscle doesn't pump as much blo

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  7. Expensive Meds Best for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

    Jan. 10, 2005 -- Newly diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients may get the most benefit from effective but high-priced medications, a British study shows. An autoimmune disease, RA is a leading cause of disability. It involves inflammation of joints and surrounding tissues. Over time, rheumatoi

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  8. New Remicade Warning.

    Dec. 23, 2004 -- Remicade is linked to rare but sometimes deadly liver reactions, drug maker Centocor and the FDA announced Wednesday. Remicade is approved to treat rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease. In a "Dear Healthcare Professional" letter, Centocor is warning doctors that patients treated

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  9. New Remicade Warning

    Dec. 23, 2004 -- Remicade is linked to rare but sometimes deadly liver reactions, drug maker Centocor and the FDA announced Wednesday. Remicade is approved to treat rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease. In a "Dear Healthcare Professional" letter, Centocor is warning doctors that patients treated

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  10. Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Linked to Cancer

    Nov. 16, 2004 -- For people with rheumatoid arthritis, methotrexate is the treatment of choice in reducing pain and inflammation. But there's evidence the drug can activate a virus that can increase the risk of lymphoma and similar cancers in some patients. The study appears in this month's issue of

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