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Arthritis Drug May Help With Type of Hair Loss

Posted 2 days 21 hours ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 – For people who suffer from a condition that causes disfiguring hair loss, a drug used for rheumatoid arthritis might regrow their hair, a new, small study suggests. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that causes patchy or complete hair loss, including on the head, body, eyebrows and eyelashes. Researchers found that more than 50 percent of 66 patients treated with the drug Xeljanz (tofacitinib citrate) saw hair regrowth in three months. "There is hope now that we will have more to tell patients than get counseling and a wig," said lead researcher Dr. Brett King, an assistant professor of dermatology at the Yale School of Medicine, in New Haven, Conn. Xeljanz appears to work by stopping the immune system's attack on hair follicles, King said. In addition, the researchers have identified genes that might predict a patient's response to treatment, he said. ... Read more

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Health Tip: Traveling With Arthritis

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Arthritis doesn't have to ruin your vacation. Here are relief suggestions from the Arthritis Foundation: Book a plane seat with extra room to stretch. Fly in the middle of the week when it's less busy. Ask for a hotel room that's on the first floor or near an elevator. Pack a cane or an extra pillow to help you stay comfortable. Pack a stash of healthier snacks. Pack medications in your carry-on baggage. Make sure meds are packed properly, especially if they need refrigeration. Pack a heating pad or wrap, an ice pack and topical creams. Opt for a hotel with a hot tub or steam room. Request assistance at the airport to prevent long walks or long periods standing. Ask another passenger for help storing carry-on luggage. Move around the plane's cabin as frequently as possible. Read more

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Anti-Inflammatory Agent in Cord Blood Shows Promise in Mice

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 9, 2016 – Scientists report that a factor found in umbilical cord blood helped fight harmful inflammation in mice, and could point the way to new treatments for humans. Inflammation is common, and in certain circumstances it damages healthy tissue. Out-of-control inflammation is associated with a number of conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis and sepsis, a common cause of hospital patient deaths. Sepsis is the body's overreaction to infection. Scientists from the University of Utah School of Medicine isolated neonatal NET inhibitory factor (nNIF) from cord blood. The factor occurs in the blood of newborns for about two weeks after birth. It is not found in older babies or adults. When given to mice, nNIF reduced inflammation and sepsis-related problems such as fever, breathing fluctuations and death, according to the study. Without treatment, only 20 percent of the ... Read more

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FDA Approves Erelzi (etanercept-szzs), a Biosimilar to Enbrel

Posted 1 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

August 30, 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Erelzi, (etanercept-szzs) for multiple inflammatory diseases. Erelzi is a biosimilar to Enbrel (etanercept), which was originally licensed in 1998. Erelzi is administered by injection for the treatment of: moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis, either as a standalone therapy or in combination with methotrexate (MTX); moderate to severe polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis in patients ages two and older; active psoriatic arthritis, including use in combination with MTX in psoriatic arthritis patients who do not respond adequately to MTX alone; active ankylosing spondylitis (an arthritis that affects the spine); and chronic moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in adult patients (18 years or older) who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy. Health care professionals should review the prescribing ... Read more

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FDA Approves New Biological Drug for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted 31 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 31, 2016 – A new biological drug to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The drug Erelzi (etanercept-szzs) is a "biosimilar" to Enbrel (etanercept), which was approved by the FDA in 1998. A biosimilar is a biological product approved on findings that it is highly similar to an already-approved biological product and has no clinically meaningful differences in terms of safety and effectiveness, according to the FDA. It is similar to generic drugs in that it typically costs less than the original biological product. Biological products are typically derived from a living organism and include many sources, including humans, animals, microorganisms or yeast. "The biosimilar pathway is an important mechanism to improve access to treatment for patients with rheumatic and autoimmune diseases," ... Read more

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Health Tip: Use Cold Therapy to Ease Arthritis

Posted 10 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

-- If you're struggling with arthritis, cold therapy can help ease swelling and pain. Here's how to apply cold therapy, courtesy of the Arthritis Foundation: Use an ice pack, a plastic bag filled with ice or even a bag of frozen veggies. Wrap the pack in a towel and apply it to the area for a maximum of 20 minutes at a time. Buy a commercial ice pack, which can wrap around a joint and is less likely to leak. Submerge a painful joint in a bath of ice and cold water. Read more

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Generic Biologic Drugs Seem as Effective as Originals

Posted 1 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 1, 2016 – Generic biologic drugs are similarly effective to brand-name counterparts in treating rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and psoriasis, a new study says. Biologics are medications made from living cells. They are complicated to manufacturer and companies that make brand-name versions say cheaper generic versions aren't interchangeable with their products. The patents of many brand-name biologics are expiring and the use of generic versions (called biosimilars) could save patients and the healthcare system significant amounts of money, the Johns Hopkins University researchers noted. "The billion-dollar question has been whether these 'generic biologics' are the same as the brand-name versions," study leader Dr. G. Caleb Alexander, said in a university news release. "The same debate occurred with the advent of less complicated generic drugs and now ... Read more

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Health Tip: Ease Arthritis Pain With Warm Water

Posted 27 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

-- When joints are stiff and sore, warm water can be just what the doctor ordered. Here's how to reap the benefits of warm water, courtesy of the Arthritis Foundation: Make the water between 92 degrees and 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a warm tub (or pool) to do some stretching. Place a tennis ball beneath the small of your back in the bathtub and roll it gently along the bottom of the tub. Soak in a bath with Epsom salts. But people with diabetes should avoid too much salt, which could trigger insulin production. Read more

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New Treatments Helping Kids With Juvenile Arthritis

Posted 20 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 – New treatments for juvenile arthritis offer hope to children with the chronic autoimmune condition, doctors say. Scientists are still working to understand what causes juvenile arthritis and how to stop its progression. But, kids coping with its effects have reason to be optimistic, according to Dr. Nikolay Nikolov, a rheumatologist and clinical team leader at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. "We don't have a cure for juvenile arthritis – we're not there yet," Nikolov said in an FDA news release. "But we're making progress." But it's important to note that the drugs aren't risk-free. Juvenile arthritis is one of the most common chronic childhood conditions, affecting nearly 300,000 children in the United States, according to the FDA. The disease causes the immune system to attack its own tissues, resulting in pain, swelling, tenderness and stiffness in ... Read more

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Nerve Zap Eased Rheumatoid Arthritis in Small Study

Posted 12 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 12, 2016 – Electronic stimulation of a nerve running from the brain to the gut may help ease stubborn symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, preliminary research suggests. The study, of 17 adults with the painful autoimmune disease, tested the effects of vagus nerve stimulation – a technique long used to control seizures in some people with epilepsy. It found that over six weeks, most of the patients showed some improvements in joint swelling and other symptoms. One rheumatologist called the treatment approach "intriguing." "This isn't pie in the sky. It's a potentially viable alternative to what's available now for RA [rheumatoid arthritis]," said Dr. David Borenstein, a rheumatologist at George Washington University Medical Center, in Washington, D.C. Vagus nerve stimulation, or VNS, is done using a device that is surgically implanted under the skin of the chest, with a ... Read more

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Arthritis Possible Side Effect of Certain Cancer Drugs: Study

Posted 29 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 – Certain cancer immunotherapy drugs may increase risk for joint and tissue disease, including arthritis, new research suggests. "We keep having referrals coming in from our oncologists as more patients are treated with these drugs," said Dr. Clifton Bingham, director of the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center in Baltimore. "In particular, as more patients are treated with combinations of multiple immunotherapies, we expect the rate to go up," he said in a Hopkins news release. Drugs like ipilimumab and nivolumab are called checkpoint inhibitor drugs. Between 2012 and 2016, 13 patients given these drugs at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center (1.3 percent of the total using them) developed new-onset arthritis, or autoimmune disorders that cause dry eyes and mouth, the researchers said. However, further research is needed to confirm a cause-and-effect relationship, the ... Read more

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Inflectra Approved as 'Biosimilar' to Remicade

Posted 7 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved its second-ever "biosimilar" drug, Inflectra, for adults with Crohn's disease, rheumatoid arthritis or chronic plaque psoriasis, among other prescribed uses. In a media release, the agency said Inflectra was biosimilar to Janssen Biotech's Remicade (infliximab), first licensed in 1998. A biosimilar drug is sanctioned based on its maker's ability to show that it is "highly similar" to an already-approved biological drug that is generally derived from a living organism, such as a person, animal, microorganism or yeast, the FDA said. The maker of a biosimilar drug also must prove that the product has no "clinically meaningful difference" in safety and effectiveness from the original drug, and that the newer product has only "minor differences in clinically inactive components" from the original. Inflectra's most ... Read more

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FDA Approves Inflectra (infliximab-dyyb) a Biosimilar to Remicade

Posted 7 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

April 5, 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Inflectra (infliximab-dyyb) for multiple indications. Inflectra is administered by intravenous infusion. This is the second biosimilar approved by the FDA. Inflectra is biosimilar to Janssen Biotech, Inc.’s Remicade (infliximab), which was originally licensed in 1998. Inflectra is approved and can be prescribed by a health care professional for the treatment of: adult patients and pediatric patients (ages six years and older) with moderately to severely active Crohn’s disease who have had an inadequate response to conventional therapy; adult patients with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis who have had an inadequate response to conventional therapy; patients with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis in combination with methotrexate; patients with active ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis of ... Read more

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Study: Smoking Hikes Chances of Early Death for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

Posted 4 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 4, 2016 – Smoking increases the chances of early death in people with rheumatoid arthritis, but quitting smoking significantly reduces that risk, a new study suggests. "This research provides important evidence that the risk of early death starts to decline in patients who stop smoking, and continues year on year," said researcher Deborah Symmons. She is a professor of rheumatology and musculoskeletal epidemiology at the University of Manchester in England. Symmons and her colleagues analyzed data from rheumatoid arthritis patients in the United Kingdom. The investigators found that the patients who smoked were nearly twice as likely to die prematurely as those who never smoked. The risk among former smokers was similar to that of those who never smoked, and fell for each additional year they no longer smoked, the researchers said. "We hope that this research can be used ... Read more

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Experimental Drug for Rheumatoid Arthritis Shows Promise

Posted 31 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 – An experimental drug to treat rheumatoid arthritis showed promise in a new six-month trial. Baricitinib substantially reduced symptoms and improved daily physical functioning among people who failed other treatments for the autoimmune disease, researchers found. "If you have active disease and you've failed existing treatment options, you should have hope," said lead researcher Dr. Mark Genovese. He is a professor of immunology and rheumatology at Stanford University School of Medicine in California. "There is another therapy, which will hopefully become available, that has demonstrated it can work in that situation." The report was published March 31 in the New England Journal of Medicine. The trial was sponsored by Eli Lilly and Co., the manufacturer of baricitinib. Lilly is currently seeking approval of the drug from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. ... Read more

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