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Certain Autoimmune Drugs in Pregnancy May Up Newborn Infection Risk: Study

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FRIDAY, Oct. 3, 2014 – When given to pregnant women, a common treatment for ulcerative colitis may inadvertently lower their baby's ability to fight off infections at birth, new French research suggests. The treatment, called anti-TNF therapy, is an injected, artificial antibody. This type of medication is widely seen as a safe and effective way to tackle a wide range of autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel conditions that include ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. It's not unusual for pregnant women to receive the treatment, given that inflammatory bowel diseases often strike women of childbearing age. However, this type of drug can cross the placenta and reach the fetus, the study authors said. And four French cases – all involving babies born to women exposed to Remicade (infliximab) during pregnancy – suggest the therapy may cause newborn ... Read more

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Salty Foods May Double Smokers' Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted 12 Sep 2014 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 12, 2014 – Consuming too much salt may more than double a smoker's risk of developing the painful inflammatory disease known as rheumatoid arthritis, a new study finds. Researchers in Sweden said the interaction between smoking and eating too much salt could have implications for how diet is viewed in rheumatoid arthritis, as well as other inflammatory conditions. The study, published online Sept. 10 in the journal Rheumatology, involved 386 people who reported their eating habits for about eight years before they developed symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. The researchers examined health-screening data on the study participants, including physical activity levels, whether or not they smoked, and blood samples. This data was compared to a "control group" of nearly 1,900 similar people. The investigators found no significant link between salt intake alone and the ... Read more

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Many Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients May Skip Meds: Study

Posted 3 Sep 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 3, 2014 – Many patients with severe rheumatoid arthritis don't take their expensive medications as prescribed, a new British study finds. Failure to take the drugs correctly reduces their effectiveness and may lead to a worsening of symptoms, warned researchers from the University of Manchester. Rheumatoid arthritis develops when your immune system begins to attack itself, and symptoms include inflammation, pain and swelling in the joints and internal organs. The study included 286 patients who had rheumatoid arthritis for seven years and had been prescribed anti-TNF drugs, which cost about $13,000 to $20,000 a year per patient. Anti-TNF drugs include etanercept (Enbrel), adalimumab (Humira) and golimumab (Simponi). Twenty-seven percent of the patients said they didn't take the medications as directed at least once over the first six months after being prescribed the ... Read more

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FDA Approves Rasuvo (methotrexate) Injection

Posted 14 Jul 2014 by

Chicago, IL, July 14, 2014 – Medac Pharma, Inc., a privately held pharmaceutical company focused on the development of new molecules and improving the effectiveness of existing medicines, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Rasuvo, a subcutaneous injectable methotrexate (MTX) therapy delivered in an auto-injector for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), polyarticular-course juvenile idiopathic arthritis (pJIA) and psoriasis. Rasuvo will be available in 10 dosage strengths, ranging from 7.5 mg to 30 mg in 2.5 mg increments and will be launched in the U.S. The company concurrently announced that the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware has denied a motion for a preliminary injunction filed by Antares Pharma, Inc. “We’re delighted to have secured approval for our lead product, Rasuvo, and look forward to introducing this much-needed therapy to the ma ... Read more

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Health Tip: Managing Arthritis-Related Fatigue

Posted 9 May 2014 by

-- Fatigue can be a significant problem for people with arthritis, but there are things you can do to help manage your symptoms. The Arthritis Foundation offers these suggestions: Adjust your schedule to accommodate symptoms, such as starting chores after morning fatigue, pain and stiffness have eased. Eat lighter and more frequent meals. Get regular, moderate exercise and make time to get plenty of rest. Learn to prioritize, and do the important things first. Put off what you don't have the energy to do. Don't be shy about asking others to help when necessary. Read more

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Could a Few Beers a Week Cut a Woman's Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk?

Posted 7 May 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, May 7, 2014 – Having a beer a few times a week might help women avoid painful rheumatoid arthritis, a new study suggests. The disease, which affects women more than men, is a form of arthritis linked to immune system dysfunction. According to the Arthritis Foundation, over 1.5 million Americans suffer from the disease, which typically begins in the 20s or 30s. However, "long-term, moderate alcohol drinking may reduce future rheumatoid arthritis development" in women, said lead researcher Dr. Bing Lu, an assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, in Boston. Overall, moderate use of any form of alcohol reduced the risk by about 21 percent, but moderate beer drinking – two to four beers per week – cut women's odds for the disease by nearly a third, the study found. The findings are published in the spring 2014 issue of ... Read more

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Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Kidneys

Posted 14 Apr 2014 by

FRIDAY, April 11, 2014 – People with rheumatoid arthritis may be at increased risk for kidney disease and require close monitoring, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at 813 people with rheumatoid arthritis and an equal number of people without the condition. Over 20 years, the rheumatoid arthritis patients had a 25 percent risk of developing chronic kidney disease, compared with a 20 percent risk for those in the general population. "That might not seem like a lot, but in fact that's quite a big difference, and it has important implications for the course of rheumatoid arthritis and for the management of the disease," study senior author Dr. Eric Matteson, chair of rheumatology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said in a Mayo news release. Factors that contribute to a higher risk of kidney disease in rheumatoid arthritis patients include more severe inflammation in the ... Read more

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Groundbreaking Partnership Formed to Develop New Treatments

Posted 4 Feb 2014 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 4, 2014 – In a first-of-its-kind initiative, the U.S. National Institutes of Health has partnered with 10 drug companies and several nonprofit groups to speed development of biological ways of diagnosing and treating common chronic diseases. The first diseases targeted by the Accelerating Medicines Partnership are Alzheimer's, type 2 diabetes and two autoimmune disorders, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. The partnership will invest more than $230 million over five years on these initial projects. The data and analyses that result will be made available to all biomedical researchers, the NIH said. "Patients and their caregivers are relying on science to find better and faster ways to detect and treat disease and improve their quality of life," NIH director Dr. Francis Collins said in an agency news release. "Currently, we are investing a great deal of money and time in ... Read more

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Shoulder Replacement May Help for Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted 30 Jan 2014 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 30, 2014 – Although hip and knee replacements are common, a similar surgery to replace diseased shoulder joints also appears worthwhile for rheumatoid arthritis patients whose severe shoulder pain and stiffness can't be eased by medication or physical therapy, new research suggests. Scientists from the Mayo Clinic found that 93 percent of rheumatoid arthritis patients who underwent a total shoulder replacement – in which both sides of a shoulder joint are replaced – needed no further surgery on the joint a decade later. The same was true for 88 percent of those undergoing a partial shoulder replacement. "We were most happy to see the consistency of pain relief and improvement of function among patients," said study author Dr. John Sperling, an orthopedic surgeon at the clinic in Rochester, Minn. "Shoulder replacement has come a long way over the past 20 to 25 years. ... Read more

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Breast-Feeding Might Reduce Moms' Odds of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted 7 Jan 2014 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 7, 2014 – Women who breast-feed may have a lower risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis later in life, new research suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 7,300 women, aged 50 and older, in China who completed questionnaires that asked about their health and lifestyle, including whether they breast-fed or used birth control pills. Most of the women had at least one child, and more than 95 percent of those with children had breast-fed for at least a month. Only 11 percent used birth control pills, and mostly for only a short time. The average age for their first pregnancy was 24, and the average age at diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis was just shy of 48. Women who breast-fed were about half as likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis as those who never breast-fed. And the longer a woman breast-fed, the lower her risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, ... Read more

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients See Big Boost in Quality of Life

Posted 3 Dec 2013 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 3, 2013 – Rheumatoid arthritis patients can generally look forward to a much better quality of life today than they did 20 years ago, new research suggests. The observation is based on a comparative multi-year tracking of more than 1,100 rheumatoid arthritis patients. All had been diagnosed with the often severely debilitating autoimmune disease at some point between 1990 and 2011. The reason for the brighter outlook: a combination of better drugs, better exercise and mental health therapies, and a greater effort by clinicians to boost patient spirits while encouraging continued physical activity. "Nowadays, besides research on new drug [treatments], research is mainly focused on examining which treatment works best for which patient, so therapy can become more 'tailor-made' and therefore be more effective for the individual patient," said Cecile Overman, the study's lead ... Read more

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10 Percent of U.S. Adults Physically Limited by Arthritis: CDC

Posted 7 Nov 2013 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 7 – More than 50 million Americans have arthritis, and almost half of them can't perform normal daily activities because of the disease, U.S. health officials said Thursday. Aging and obesity are the chief culprits behind this growing health problem, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "The increase in arthritis definitely has to do with the aging of our population, but it's also potentially linked to the obesity epidemic," said the study's lead author, CDC epidemiologist Kamil Barbour. The report, published in the Nov. 8 issue of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, is based on data from the 2010-2012 National Health Interview Survey. The researchers found that almost one-quarter of U.S. adults – or 52.5 million – have some form of arthritis. And the disease limits mobility for almost 10 percent of adults – 22.7 million. ... Read more

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Certain Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs May Also Protect Patients' Hearts, Studies Find

Posted 27 Oct 2013 by

SATURDAY, Oct. 26 – 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 as tumor necrosis factor inhibitors, or anti-TNFs, slightly reduce the risk for acute coronary syndrome – a condition that includes angina and heart attack in which blood supply to the heart muscle is suddenly blocked. In another study, British scientists also found taking these drugs was associated with a lower risk for heart attack in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. The findings were to be presented Saturday at the American College of Rheumatology's annual meeting in San Diego. Findings presented at medical meetings are typically considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. The roughly 1.3 million Americans affected by the ... Read more

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Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis Early May Cut Damaging Effects

Posted 27 Oct 2013 by

SATURDAY, Oct. 26 – Immediate and effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis reduces the risk that patients will have joint damage and disability within a few years, a new study suggests. The findings show the need for doctors to discourage patients from delaying treatment, according to the researchers at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. "We need to educate people diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis about this. Some want to delay treatment because they are afraid. They haven't wrapped their heads around the fact that they have this disease, or they are reluctant to start taking medication. Some resort to non-medicinal approaches, many of which have limited effect," study lead investigator and rheumatologist Dr. Vivian Bykerk said in a hospital news release. "Unfortunately, I have seen too many people delay effective treatment approaches and they come back a year ... Read more

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Otrexup (Methotrexate) Injection Approved By FDA

Posted 15 Oct 2013 by

EWING, N.J., October 14, 2013 — Antares Pharma, Inc. today announced the approval of Otrexup (methotrexate) injection by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Otrexup is the first FDA approved subcutaneous (SC) methotrexate (MTX) for once weekly self-administration with an easy-to-use, single dose, disposable auto injector. Otrexup is indicated for adults with severe active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who have had an insufficient therapeutic response to or are intolerant of an adequate trial of first line therapy including full dose non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs), or children with active polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (pJIA). The FDA also approved adult use of Otrexup for symptomatic control of severe recalcitrant, disabling psoriasis that is not adequately responsive to other forms of therapy. In 2012, approximately six million prescriptions were w ... Read more

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