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Hand surgery helpful for RA associated deformities

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Both hand function and appearance are improved in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients with severe deformities treated by silicone metacarpophalangeal joint arthroplasty (SMPA), researchers report in an April 17th on-line paper in Arthritis Care & Research. Dr. Kevin C. Chung...

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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...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who are prescribed statin therapy for hypercholesterolemia or ischemic heart disease are at increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease or any cause if they stop taking the medication, according to a Canadian study. The findings...