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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. Child, Teen Cancers Linked to TNF Blockers

      Aug. 4, 2009 - The FDA warns that TNF blockers -- the immune-disease drugs Remicade, Enbrel, Humira, Cimzia, and Simponi -- may cause lymphoma and other cancers in children and teens. The drugs already carry a black-box warning that they may cause cancer. But the FDA now says the warning labels must

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    5. Rheumatoid Arthritis: New Treatment Target?

      June 30, 2009 -- Scientists have found a potential new target for rheumatoid arthritis treatment. That target is an immune system compound called tenascin-C. In a new study, researchers report that tenascin-C is needed to sustain joint inflammation and boosts production of certain inflammatory chemi

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    6. New Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug in the Works

      June 29, 2009 -- An experimental drug called masitinib may ease rheumatoid arthritis symptoms in people who aren't helped by other drugs, a new study shows. That study, published online in Arthritis Research & Therapy, included 40 adults in France who had rheumatoid arthritis (RA) that didn't respon

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    7. Fixing Gums May Help Rheumatoid Arthritis

      June 12, 2009 -- Treating severe gum disease may alleviate some of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in people suffering from both conditions. “It was exciting to find that if we eliminated the infection and inflammation in the gums, then patients with a severe kind of active rheumatoid arthritis

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    8. Chinese Herb May Treat Autoimmune Diseases

      June 4, 2009 -- A drug derived from an herb used in Chinese medicine for 2,000 years is the first to target specific cells that are overactive in rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and other autoimmune diseases. The ancient herb is chang shan, from the root of the blue evergreen hydrangea. It's been u

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    9. FDA OKs Cimzia for Rheumatoid Arthritis

      May 19, 2009 -- The FDA has approved the Crohn's disease drug Cimzia to treat moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis in adults who have had an inadequate response to conventional therapy. That news comes from UCB, the drug company that makes Cimzia. Cimzia targets an inflammatory compound called TN

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    10. Biologics for Rheumatoid Arthritis: No Cure-all

      May 1, 2009 -- Biologic therapies often prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis do help improve symptoms but don't eliminate them, according to a new study. However, patients who remain on subcutaneous biologic therapies -- medications injected under the skin -- have fewer symptoms than those who discon

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