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