December 28, 1988
The Food and Drug Administration announced approval of a new prescription drug it said can prevent stomach ulcers that afflict some of the millions of people who take medicine for arthritis. To be marketed under the trade name Cytotec by G. D. Searle of Skokie, Ill., the drug--misoprostol--is to be labeled for use in patients at high risk for developing complications of stomach ulcers while on arthritis drugs. That would include the elderly and patients of any age with another serious illness.
June 17, 1996 |
Adults might be able to reduce their risk of arthritis by controlling their weight, a government study found. Men who are overweight or underweight are more likely to suffer from the joint disease than adults of normal weight, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. Obese women are at risk, but underweight women apparently aren't. Researchers don't know why weight plays a role.
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September 17, 1990 |
Researchers last week began trials in humans of a new form of therapy for rheumatoid arthritis that may block the progression of the disease, which affects 2 million people in the United States. Current therapies for arthritis, such as aspirin, reduce pain and inflammation but do not halt progression of the disease. The researchers, at Synergen Inc. in Boulder, Colo.
August 5, 1988 |
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday gave approval for a drug that is the most widely prescribed anti-arthritis medication outside the United States. More than 64 million prescriptions were written worldwide last year for diclofenac sodium, which has the trade name Voltaren. But U.S. doctors had not been authorized to prescribe the drug pending the outcome of FDA-monitored clinical trials, which have been completed.
November 4, 2002 |
People with arthritis who take glucosamine have said it makes their joints feel better, and some studies have confirmed these reports. Now a three-year study at the Prague Institute of Rheumatology has confirmed that glucosamine appears to stop the narrowing of the space in the knee joint that typically occurs with arthritis.
May 4, 1998 |
Joan Poe felt the first symptoms of arthritis in 1962, at a time when physicians typically advised people with the disease to avoid exercise in an attempt to "save their joints." Whenever the pain in her knees got bad, Poe would put her feet up and rest.
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January 28, 1999
A new drug called etanercept can dramatically reduce the painful symptoms experienced by the more than 2 million Americans who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, according to a study in today's New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston gave 89 volunteers who suffered from long-term rheumatoid arthritis twice-weekly injections of the drug or a placebo in addition to their regular methotrexate treatments.
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July 17, 1997 |
A new drug that breaks the cycle of inflammation is showing promise against the crippling effects of rheumatoid arthritis. Results of a study with the medicine, which blocks a natural substance known as tumor necrosis factor, are being published in today's New England Journal of Medicine. More than 2 million Americans, mostly women, suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic inflammatory disease that causes pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of function in the joints.
March 8, 1990 |
Ciba-Geigy, a Swiss-based drug and chemicals manufacturer, has awarded UC San Diego's School of Medicine a $20-million grant to study the causes of arthritis, a disease that afflicts 37 million Americans. The agreement will fund a 50-person research team led by Dr. Dennis Carson, who is leaving Scripps Clinic & Research Foundation to join UCSD.
December 17, 2001 |
Question: I have arthritis in my toes and sometimes my hands and elbows, too. I try to walk for exercise, but when my toes get really sore, this isn't easy. Do you have any alternatives for exercise with arthritis? PATRICK WILTON Winter Park, Fla. Answer: Your walking routine is a great low-impact exercise for someone with arthritis, but when you have a flare-up in your toes, opt for a stationary bicycle.