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  1. Blood Test May Predict Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Jan. 28, 2010 - Elevated levels of inflammatory proteins called cytokines and related factors in the blood may be an early warning sign of impending rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a new study. Researchers have found that levels of certain cytokines and related factors in the blood increase

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  2. 'Ghostly' Drug May Help Fight RA

    Jan. 28, 2010 - A ghostly "suicide" drug wafts into immune cells in joints, making the cells self-destruct and reducing rheumatoid arthritis in mice. The drug, technically a BH3 mimetic dubbed TAT-BH3, is a man-made molecule. One part of the molecule lets it drift through cell walls. The other part

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  3. New Arthritis Drug Actemra Approved

    Jan. 11, 2010 -- The FDA has approved Actemra for moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis for patients who have not responded to one or more TNF inhibitors. Actemra, given by once-monthly hour-long infusions, is the first IL-6 inhibitor for arthritis. TNF inhibitors include Cimzia, Enbrel, Humira, R

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  4. How Rheumatoid Arthritis Spreads

    Nov. 9, 2009 -- Cells surrounding joints affected by rheumatoid arthritis may spread the disease to other joints by traveling through blood vessels, according to a new study. Rheumatoid arthritis is a progressive disease that causes joint inflammation and destruction. Researchers say initially the d

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  5. Study Eases Arthritis Drug Cancer Fears

    Oct. 29, 2009 - Rheumatoid arthritis patients who take the biologic drugs Remicade, Humira, and Enbrel do not appear to have an increased risk for developing cancer in the first few years of use, researchers in Sweden report. The study is one of the largest and longest population-based investigation

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  6. Study: No Benefit to Costly Arthritis Drugs

    Oct. 21, 2009 (Philadelphia) -- For many people with rheumatoid arthritis, the traditional, and much cheaper, disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) appear to work just as well as newer TNF blockers that target the underlying disease process, a large study shows. The findings also suggest th

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  7. Gum Disease Raises Arthritis Risk

    Oct. 20, 2009 (Philadelphia) -- Brush and floss! Gum disease may raise your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, a new study shows. “We’ve known for a while that there is an association between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis. But our new work suggests periodontal disease is causal,” says s

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  8. Medications for RA Linked to Skin Cancer

    Oct. 19, 2009 (Philadelphia) -- People who take immune-disease drugs called TNF blockers for rheumatoid arthritis should check their bodies regularly for abnormal growths that can signal skin cancer. That's the advice of doctors after two new studies showed that patients treated with TNF blockers ha

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  9. Chinese Herb May Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Aug. 17, 2009 -- A Chinese herbal remedy may help ease symptoms in people with rheumatoid arthritis. A new study shows that the Chinese herbal remedy Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F (TwHF), also known as “lei gong teng” or "thunder god vine," helped decrease joint tenderness and pain in a small group

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  10. Biologic Drug for Early RA?

    Aug. 6, 2009 -- In a new study, rheumatoid arthritis researchers say they've found a good plan for treating rheumatoid arthritis in its early stages. The study, published in The Lancet, included 487 adults in Sweden who had had rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for less than one year. First, all of the pati

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