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  1. Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Prolongs Life

    April 4, 2002 -- A drug traditionally used to treat cancer patients, methotrexate, can also help prolong the life of people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, according to a new study. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a progressive disease that causes inflammation of joints and can lead to loss of mo

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  2. Arthritis Drug Too Dangerous, Group Says

    March 29, 2002 -- The rheumatoid arthritis drug Arava should be banned, a consumer watchdog group says. Arava is linked to 22 deaths in its first three years of approval, according to FDA data obtained by the watchdog group Public Citizen. Twelve of the deaths appear directly due to liver damage fro

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  3. Cigarettes Cause More Severe Arthritis

    March 15, 2002 -- Here's one more reason to quit smoking: it may save your joints. A new study shows cigarette smoking can cause a genetic reaction that leads to a more severe form of rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an often-debilitating condition in which the joints become painfu

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  4. Genes Play Minor Role in Arthritis

    Feb. 4, 2002 -- People with rheumatoid arthritis are often looking for reasons why they have the disabling joint pain and swelling. The latest study weighing in on this issue shows that it may have little to do with genes -- and much more to do with the environment. Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, affe

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  5. Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs' Link to Tuberculosis Examined

    Aug. 17, 2001 (Gaithersburg, Md.) -- A committee of FDA experts urged continued close scrutiny of two established rheumatoid arthritis drugs for their links to serious side effects. The drugs are Centocor's Remicade and Immunex's Enbrel, both of which became available in 1998. About 170,000 patients

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  6. New Treatments on the Horizon for Psoriasis

    June 25, 2001 -- It's been advertised as the heartbreak of psoriasis, those patches of red, raised areas of skin covered with a flaky white buildup called plaques. For many though, that heartbreak may soon go away because there are many upcoming treatments for this often disabling and disfiguring co

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  7. Drugs Usher in Era of Hope for Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferers

    Nov. 29, 2000 -- Until recently, fairly toxic drugs were the only viable option to relieve the pain from rheumatoid arthritis. But according to two new studies, all of that has changed with the availability of newer drugs that target not only the symptoms of the arthritis, but can protect the joints

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  8. Emotions and Pain Often Go Hand in Hand

    Nov. 17, 2000 -- Sprain your ankle playing soccer and you are going to be more careful next time. Get into trouble for saying something stupid and next time you will measure your words. Go through a bad relationship and next time you are going to be less trusting. It seems natural to avoid doing wha

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  9. New Day Coming for Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferers

    Oct. 30, 2000 (Philadelphia) -- The media has reported that a "cure" for rheumatoid arthritis is in the wings. Should people who live with this debilitating illness expect to take one magic treatment and live life as if their joints had never been swollen, tender, and eventually damaged? Such a cure

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  10. Gene Discovery May Help Guide Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

    Aug. 31, 2000 -- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a deforming, crippling disease that can lead to disability. But now, Canadian researchers have discovered a gene that can predict who will get the severe form of the disease and could help decide who needs aggressive treatment. The Canadians, led by Abba

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