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    1. Smoking May Interfere With RA Treatment

      Jan 5, 2011 -- People with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who smoke are less likely to respond to treatment with two of the most commonly used medications -- an older disease modifying antirheumatic drug called methotrexate and biologic drugs known as TNF blockers, according to a new study in Janua

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    2. Smoking Raises Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk

      Dec. 13, 2010 -- Add severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to the list of diseases linked to cigarette smoking. Findings from a study, which appear in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases , suggest that smoking accounts for more than a third of cases of the most common form of RA and for more than 50% of

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    3. Heart Attack Risk Quickly Follows RA Diagnosis

      Dec. 8, 2010 -- Heart attack risk significantly increases one year after rheumatoid arthritis (RA) diagnosis, new research suggests. The new study, which appears in the December issue of the Journal of Internal Medicine, is not the first to link RA and heart disease, but it does show that an increas

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    4. Pill Cuts Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

      Nov. 8, 2010 (Atlanta) -- An experimental pill may help to reduce pain and swelling and improve physical function in people with rheumatoid arthritis, according to findings from a late-stage study of more than 600 patients. There was also a signal that people given the new drug, tasocitinib, may be

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    5. RA Drug Methotrexate Is Recalled

      Oct. 28, 2010 -- Glass flakes have led to the recall of Sandoz and Parenta brand injectable methotrexate, a drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, and psoriasis. The glass flakes "are the result of delamination of the glass used to manufacture the vials" of two dosages of the drug, the FDA

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    6. Solid Marriage May Ease RA Pain

      Oct. 29, 2010 -- Being in a rock-solid marriage is linked with less joint pain and better functioning in people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). An autoimmune disease, RA affects multiple joints and tissues, causing pain and inflammation. Previous studies have found that married people with RA show l

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    7. Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs May Cut RA Risk

      Sept. 8, 2010 -- People who take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to reduce heart disease risk may also be cutting their risk for developing the painful inflammatory joint disease rheumatoid arthritis. The regular use of statins was associated with a 42% reduction in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) risk

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    8. New Way to Classify Rheumatoid Arthritis

      Aug. 11, 2010 -- A new way of classifying rheumatoid arthritis should lead to earlier identification of the disease, which, in turn, should help investigators explore new therapies to prevent its ravages, researchers say. The revised classification, announced this week by the American College of Rhe

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    9. Study: Alcohol Helps Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

      July 28, 2010 -- Rheumatoid arthritis patients who drink alcohol tend to have less severe symptoms than those who don’t, a new study finds. Earlier research has shown that compared to teetotalers, alcohol drinkers are less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis, a progressive and often disabling inf

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    10. Rheumatoid Arthritis Is on the Rise

      May 28, 2010 -- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is on the rise among women after decades of decline, according to a new study, and environmental factors -- including birth control pills with lower doses of protective estrogen -- may help explain the increase. "It's a small increase," says researcher Sheri

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