Latest by Christine Miller

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New Study Challenges Theory that RA is an Autoimmune Disorder

Researchers believe that there is no solid evidence of RA being an autoimmune disorder, even though it is the most accepted theory

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Stress and Depression in Rheumatoid Arthritis

People suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and other illnesses causing chronic pain often experience stress and are significantly more likely than the general population to experience depression because the painful limitations of RA affects so many p...

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Does Rheumatoid Arthritis Cause Hearing Loss?

Some people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) complain of hearing loss, a full feeling in their ears or fluid in their ear. Although hearing loss is not a common symptom of RA, it can be chronic for those who have RA. Studies seem to disagree about what ...

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Orencia and Enbrel should not be used together to treat RA

Orencia (Abatacept) and Enbrel (Etanercept) should not be used together in the treatment of RA, according to a study published in the August 25 Online First issue of the A_nnals of Rheumatic Diseases_. The goal of the research was to study the effica...

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Rheumatoid Arthritis on the Job

RA has a great impact on our lives, from our ability to perform daily activities such as caring for ourselves and our homes to getting around town and performing effectively at work.

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Nutrition and Exercise for Children with JRA

Appropriate diet and exercise are important for a child’s growth and development, especially for children with JRA and other chronic illnesses. Chronic illness and medications have a great impact on a child’s weight, appetite and overall health. Some ...

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MabThera (rituximab) Approved for Use in Europe

Roche Holding AG announced that the European Commission has approved the use of MabThera (rituximab) in Europe for patients with RA. The European Commission also approved the drug as maintenance therapy for patients with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. In it...

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Children with JRA Benefit From Sports and Exercise Programs

Many doctors recommend children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis play team sports or participate in other activities during periods when the child is symptom-free or has symptoms under control.

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Newest Biotech Drugs for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Two new biotech drugs, Orencia and Rituxan, have been approved for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

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Misconceptions About Rheumatoid Arthritis

Although arthritis is a common disease, there are several common misconceptions that I will try to clear up in this blog. #1 Rheumatoid Arthritis mainly affects the elderly. Approximately 2.1 million Americans have rheumatoid arthritis. Approximately ...