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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. FDA OKs Simponi for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    April 24, 2009 -- The FDA has approved Simponi (golimumab), a monthly treatment for adults with moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. All three conditions are chronic disorders in which the immune system attacks multiple joints, causing stiffness,

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  5. Fear Keeps Many From Fighting RA Pain

    March 25, 2009 -- Many people with rheumatoid arthritis may have barriers that hinder optimal management of their pain, a study suggests. Barriers to pain reduction, Canadian researchers say, include fear of medication side effects, fear of drug interactions, worry about drug addiction, concerns tha

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  6. Arthritis Treatments Raise Shingles Risk

    Feb. 17, 2009 -- Some of the powerful new drugs that offer relief to rheumatoid arthritis sufferers may increase risk of a different kind of suffering: shingles. Members of a class of drugs called TNF-alpha blockers nearly doubled the risk of herpes zoster, better known as shingles, among rheumatoid

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  7. Rheumatoid Arthritis Tougher on Women?

    Jan. 14, 2009 -- Rheumatoid arthritis may not only be more common in women than men, it may also take a tougher toll on women, a new study shows. The study, published online in Arthritis Research & Therapy, included about 6,000 patients in 25 countries, including the U.S. The patients completed surv

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  8. RA Diagnosis Doubles Heart Attack Odds

    Oct. 30, 2008 -- Getting a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis doubles the risk of having a heart attack within the next 10 years, according to Swedish researchers presenting their findings this week at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology in San Francisco. But that disturbing ne

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  9. Rheumatoid Arthritis May Be Up in Women

    Oct. 27, 2008 -- Rheumatoid arthritis appears to be increasing among women, but not men, after 40 years of decline, according to Mayo Clinic researchers. "We don't know why," says Hilal Maradit-Kremers, MD, associate professor of epidemiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who is presenting

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  10. Quit Smoking to Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Oct. 25, 2008 -- People with rheumatoid arthritis may be able to reduce the pain, stiffness, and other symptoms of their disease by quitting smoking, new research indicates. Scientists presented evidence Saturday at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting in San Francisco that

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