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  1. Tai Chi May Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis

    July 21, 2004 -- Practicing the ancient Chinese martial art of tai chi may help improve the range of motion for people with rheumatoid arthritis although it may not have a big impact on other aspects of the disease, according to a new study. Researchers say that tai chi has been recognized for centu

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  2. Early, Aggressive RA Treatment Best

    July 7, 2004 -- When it comes to treating rheumatoid arthritis, there is growing evidence that the best approach is to hit it early and hit it hard. New research from Finland shows that aggressive treatment soon after diagnosis with a combination of drugs is more effective for slowing disease progre

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  3. Cancer Drug May Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis

    June 18, 2004 -- Short-term rheumatoid arthritis treatment with a drug that targets a certain type of immune cell may provide lasting relief. A new study shows adding two doses of the cancer drug Rituxan to traditional rheumatoid arthritis treatments significantly reduced symptoms of the painful joi

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  4. Cholesterol Drug May Help Rheumatoid Arthritis

    June 17, 2004 -- The cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor offers modest but significant benefits to people with rheumatoid arthritis, a small study suggests. A lot more study is needed. But the new finding broadens the list of benefits from an amazing class of cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statin

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  5. Vitamin C May Fight Rheumatoid Arthritis

    June 9, 2004 -- Getting plenty of vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables in your diet may help prevent rheumatoid arthritis. A new study shows people who ate the least amount of fruits and vegetables were twice as likely to develop inflammation in the joints characteristic of rheumatoid arthritis comp

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  6. Drug Combination Eases Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Feb. 26, 2004 -- A combination of two drugs commonly used separately to treat rheumatoid arthritis may be more effective in fighting the potentially crippling disease than using either drug alone. A new study showed that a combination therapy of Enbrel (etanercept) and methotrexate provided better r

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  7. Vitamin D May Prevent Arthritis

    Jan. 9, 2004 -- Move over vitamins A, B, C and E. It is beginning to look like the long ignored vitamin D is every bit as important for preventing disease as you are. New research makes the case that vitamin D helps protect older women against rheumatoid arthritis -- an autoimmune joint disorder of

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  8. Psoriasis Drug Helps Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Nov. 7, 2003 (Orlando) -- Patients with rheumatoid arthritis may look forward to relief from a drug that is already on pharmacy shelves. Researchers tested Amevive in combination with methotrexate to ease the pain of rheumatoid arthritis. Currently, there is no other rheumatoid arthritis drug that s

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  9. FDA Approves Weekly Enbrel

    Oct. 22, 2003 -- The FDA has approved the rheumatoid arthritis drug Enbrel for once-weekly dosing. Before now, Enbrel was only recommended as two 25 milligram injections three or four days apart. Now the 50 milligram dose can be given the same day. Amgen Inc. and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals jointly produc

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  10. New Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs Work Well

    June 24, 2003 -- Early treatment of rheumatoid arthritis patients with a relatively new class of drugs appears to prevent the progression of the crippling disease. New research about tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor drugs was presented last week at an international meeting of rheumatologists. T

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