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Early Treatment Equals Better Results for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted 25 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 – Treating rheumatoid arthritis early may make for better outcomes, a new study suggests. Patients who were treated within six months of developing the first signs of the autoimmune disease did better in the long run and were less likely to suffer early death, British researchers found. The findings stem from an analysis of more than 600 patients who were initially diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) between 1990 and 1994. They were tracked for over 20 years. Over the study time frame, investigators assessed key symptoms of RA, such as swollen and/or tender joints, and indications of disability. All deaths were also noted. The research team found that patients who started treatment for RA within the first half-year after the first symptoms surfaced tended to have no greater levels of disability over a 20-year period than patients who required no treatment. ... Read more

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug May Not Ease Chronic Fatigue Syndrome After All

Posted 7 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 – A small-scale clinical trial has cast doubt upon the potential usefulness of an anti-inflammatory drug to treat chronic fatigue syndrome. Doctors had hoped that anakinra (Kineret) – a medication for rheumatoid arthritis – also could be used to relieve symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. But after a month of daily anakinra injections, a group of 25 women reported chronic fatigue symptoms as severe as those experienced by a control group receiving placebo shots, researchers reported. "In this carefully and well-controlled study, we were unable to show a beneficial effect," said senior researcher Dr. Jos Van der Meer. "Of course, this is a disappointment," added Van der Meer, chair of internal medicine at Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center in the Netherlands. Anakinra treats rheumatoid arthritis by blocking interleukin-1, a biochemical produced by the ... Read more

Related support groups: Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Kineret, Anakinra

Could a Germ Link Gum Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Posted 15 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2016 – A specific germ may help explain the long-noticed connection between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis, a new study suggests. The discovery might also point to the potential origins of the painful joint illness. "If we're right, this will totally change the view of rheumatoid arthritis and treatment of patients," said study co-author Dr. Felipe Andrade. But, Andrade, an associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, cautioned that this is "an early finding that needs confirmation by others." Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic form of arthritis linked to an overactive immune system. It can affect a variety of body systems, not just the joints. The disease affects roughly 1.5 million U.S. adults, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more than a century, scientists have noticed ... Read more

Related support groups: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Methotrexate, Humira, Oral and Dental Conditions, Enbrel, Remicade, Plaquenil, Hydroxychloroquine, Rituxan, Gingivitis, Otezla, Imuran, Sulfasalazine, Orencia, Rituximab, Leflunomide, Arava, Azathioprine, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Xeljanz

Gene Discoveries Could Help Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

Posted 28 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 – Genetic variations may hold clues to rheumatoid arthritis – suggesting not only who will develop the painful condition, but also predicting its severity and even who might die from it, a new study says. "Genetic factors predisposing to disease, to disease severity, and response to treatment will allow tailoring treatment to individual patients' needs," said lead researcher Dr. Sebastien Viatte, a research fellow at the University of Manchester in England. Using data from several sources on thousands of patients in the United Kingdom, researchers found that gene mutations at a location on a chromosome called HLA-DRBl were associated with rheumatoid arthritis severity and the response to treatment with tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor drugs. This study, Viatte said, is a potentially important first step toward personalized medicine for patients with the ... Read more

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Some Arthritis Meds Cost Seniors Thousands Annually

Posted 21 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 21, 2015 – Arthritis medications known as biologic disease-modifying drugs can cost Medicare patients more than $2,700 in co-payments a year, a new report finds. Researchers say the tab is an immense burden on patients with disabling conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic disorder that affects an estimated 1.3 million Americans. Biologic anti-rheumatic medications – which include drugs such as adalimumab (Humira), anakinra (Kineret) and etanercept (Enbrel) – have allowed patients to gain better control of rheumatoid arthritis when taken early in the course of disease, the researchers explained. But some of the new drugs top $20,000 annually, according to the April 21 online report in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology. "Many patients face a growing and unacceptable financial burden for access to treatment," said study lead author Dr. Jinoos Yazdany of the ... Read more

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FDA approves Kineret for the treatment of NOMID

Posted 8 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

Sobi (STO: SOBI) today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Kineret® (anakinra) for the treatment of children and adults with neonatal-onset multisystem inflammatory disease (NOMID). Kineret is the first and only FDA-approved therapy for NOMID, the most severe form of cryopyrin associated periodic syndromes (CAPS). This is the first approval allowing the use of Kineret in children. Kineret was approved for NOMID under an Orphan Drug designation. A priority review was granted by the FDA based on the product's potential to provide a significant advance in therapy for the NOMID patient population where no adequate therapy exists. Sobi will provide a prefilled syringe with a graduated label to allow flexible dosing in children. Kineret has been approved for the reduction of signs and symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) in adults since 2001. CAPS is, in its ... Read more

Related support groups: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cryopyrin-Associated Periodic Syndromes, Kineret, Anakinra

Newer Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs Don't Raise Cancer Risk: Study

Posted 6 Sep 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 6 – A new review finds that rheumatoid arthritis medications known as biologics don't raise the risk of cancer, contrary to what some previous research has suggested. Rheumatoid arthritis affects an estimated 1 percent of the general population, with women three times more likely to have it. Different from age-related osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis is debilitating autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation of the lining of the joints. Biologics work by targeting specific parts of the immune system involved in the inflammation process. Previous studies have raised questions about whether the drugs might boost the risk of cancer. The new study appears in the Sept. 5 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The researchers, led by a researcher at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, looked at 63 randomized controlled trials of the ... Read more

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