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Step-up therapy favored for early rheumatoid arthritis

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – After about a year, patients with early aggressive rheumatoid arthritis have the same improvement in disease activity whether treated initially with methotrexate plus additional agents as needed or with immediate combination therapy, investigators report. “Initial use of...

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Benzodiazepine use safe during lactation

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The sedative effects of benzodiazepine exposure through breast milk appear to present minimal risk of central nervous system (CNS) depression in infants, results of a new study suggest. Currently, breastfeeding is not contraindicated in women using psychotropic medications such...

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Nomegestrol-estradiol OC effective with good cycle control

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A combined oral contraceptive containing nomegestrol acetate and 17beta-estradiol (E2) taken in a 24–4-day regimen is somewhat more effective in preventing pregnancy than an OC containing drospirenone and ethinyl E2 in a 21–7-day regimen, investigators report in the May...