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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Rheumatoid Arthritis and Birth Weight

    May 15, 2003 -- Although the cause of rheumatoid arthritis remains unknown, a new study suggests certain factors surrounding a person's birth may affect the risk of developing the potentially disabling disease as an adult. Rheumatoid arthritis usually develops after age 50 and affects nearly twice a

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  7. Greek Diet Eases Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Feb. 19, 2003 -- The so-called "Mediterranean diet," already believed to help prevent heart disease and some forms of cancer, may also reduce the pain and swelling of joints stricken with rheumatoid arthritis -- although relief may not begin for at least six weeks, suggests a new study. Still, signi

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  8. Rheumatoid Arthritis Doubles Heart Risk

    Feb. 18, 2003 -- Women with rheumatoid arthritis are twice as likely to have heart attacks, say researchers. And having arthritis for 10 years or more triples the risk. The findings add to the growing evidence that inflammation, which is a key component of rheumatoid arthritis, is critical in the de

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  9. Rheumatoid Arthritis Combo Works Better

    -->Nov. 6, 2002 -- Some rheumatoid arthritis sufferers don't get enough relief from methotrexate alone, which is the standard drug prescribed. A new study finds that they can safely take a second drug to get that pain relief. The combination treatment -- methotrexate plus Arava -- has shown positive

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  10. HMOs Denying Arthritis Patients New Meds

    Oct. 28, 2002 -- Rheumatoid arthritis patients probably know it already: Health maintenance organizations (HMOs) are denying access to new medications. While HMOs usually try to cut costs by cutting back on hospital stays, that's not the case when it comes to RA, according to a new report. It was pr

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