Drug Combo Improves Remission of Rheumatoid Arthritis - July 16,
According to the Arthritis Foundation, some 1.3 million Americans live with
rheumatoid arthritis, thought to be an autoimmune disease. The disease involves
inflammation of the joints which can lead to both pain and disability. There is
no cure for the condition, although several drugs can provide relief.
More than 500 outpatients who had not previously tried methotrexate, a
chemotherapy drug, were randomly selected to receive either methotrexate alone
(with the dosage increasing regularly) or methotrexate plus 50 milligrams a
week of Enbrel.
Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis Leaves 50 Percent of Recent Onset Patients
Symptom 杅ree within 36 weeks ?June 16, 2008
At least 50% of recent onset rheumatoid arthritis patients achieve remission (a
state free of signs and symptoms) within 36 weeks when following a systematic
approach of step-up DMARD treatment in combination with tight control,
according to results of a study presented June 11 at EULAR 2008, the Annual
Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism in Paris France. Results of
this study indicate that achieving remission is not only possible during
clinical trials but can be a realistic goal of standard clinical care.
Cell Work May Lead to Human Treatments - May 21, 2008
Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the
United States, limiting the
activities of more than 46 million people, according to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and
Health Promotion. The CDC estimates the ailment costs $81 billion in medical
care and $47 billion in lost earnings per year, with the total cost, $128
billion, equaling 1.2 percent of the 2003 U.S. gross domestic product.
switch may benefit arthritis patients - August 31, 2007
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis who fail to respond to one of the biological
drugs will often have a better response to a second drug within the same class,
Danish researchers report in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
pain: Do's and don'ts - August 15, 2007
Will physical activity help or hinder your arthritis pain? A Mayo Clinic
specialist answers this and other common questions about arthritis pain and
Health Canada expands use of new COX-2 inhibitor - July 25, 2007
Prexige now available to patients suffering from osteoarthritis in any joint.