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  1. Certain RA Drugs May Also Protect Patients' Hearts

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, Oct. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Drugs that people with rheumatoid arthritis use to help ease the symptoms of the disease might also help ward off heart trouble, two new studies find. Researchers in Sweden found that so-called "biologic" drugs, known

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  2. RA Strategy: Treat Early, but With What Medicines?

    Oct. 30, 2013 (San Diego) -- Most experts agree it’s best to treat rheumatoid arthritis early -- and some say aggressively -- as soon as the diagnosis is made. But debate continues about what medications are best to use first, and in what combinations. Some experts think patients should use three me

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  3. Copper Bracelets 'Don't Help Rheumatoid Arthritis'

    Sept. 18, 2013 -- Copper bracelets and magnetic wrist straps have no real effect on pain and swelling in rheumatoid arthritis, a new study finds. They also seem to have no effect in preventing the disease from getting worse. The practice of wearing copper bracelets to help RA has been popular since

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  4. RA Increases Potential for Blood Clots: Study

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Rheumatoid arthritis increases the risk of developing potentially fatal blood clots in the legs and lungs, according to new research from Taiwan. People with this inflammatory form of arthritis are more than three times as li

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  5. RA Drugs Have Same Impact on Time Lost at Work: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 1 (HealthDay News) -- Treatment with a pricey biological drug was no better than cheaper, conventional therapy in terms of reducing time off from work for people with rheumatoid arthritis, a new study finds. Swedish researchers assessed lost work days

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  6. Knee Replacement Often Beneficial for RA: Study

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 20 (HealthDay News) -- The common belief that rheumatoid arthritis patients don't benefit from knee replacement surgery as much as those with the more common osteoarthritis has been challenged by the findings from a pair of studies by New York Cit

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  7. Standard RA Therapy as Good as Costlier Newcomer?

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 11 (HealthDay News) -- Newer, costlier treatment for rheumatoid arthritis appears no better than an older, less-expensive regimen for people who don't respond to the first-line drug methotrexate, a new study suggests. "Newer isn't always better," s

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  8. Newer RA Drugs Don't Seem to Raise Shingles Risk

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 5 (HealthDay News) -- The newest medications used to treat autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis don't appear to raise the risk of developing shingles, new research indicates. There has been concern that these medications, called anti-tum

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  9. Sunshine Linked to Lower Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Older women who've had regular exposure to sunlight may be less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis, new findings indicate. This beneficial effect -- which is believed to be due to ultraviolet B (UV-B) in sunlight -- was only

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  10. New Arthritis Drug Xeljanz Gets FDA Approval

    Nov. 6, 2012 -- The FDA has approved Pfizer's Xeljanz (tofacitinib), a first-of-its-kind treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Xeljanz is approved for use by patients not helped by methotrexate, the usual first treatment for RA. It's a pill taken twice a day. Xeljanz is a type of drug called a Janus k

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