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Women With RA and Lupus Have Fewer Kids Than Planned
According to study results published online February 16, 2012 in Arthritis Care & Research, more than half of the young women diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and lupus had fewer children than they had hoped to have. Read more...

FDA Update on Impending Methotrexate Shortage (2/21/12)
In addition to already announced actions, the FDA has approved a new manufacturer of preservative-free methotrexate. This is expected to help avert the impending shortage of the injectable drug. Read more...

Few Trials of Biologic DMARDs for RA Are Head-to-Head
Study results, in the February 13, 2012 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, point out that there are very few head-to-head clinical trials of biologic DMARDs (disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs) for rheumatoid arthritis. A head-to-head trial would compare a new treatment to an existing treatment. Read more...

Depression and Rheumatoid Arthritis Are Common Comorbidities
Psychiatric disorders, especially depression, are common comorbidities of rheumatoid arthritis. Psychiatric and depressive disorders may be related to the stress of living with a chronic disease, disease activity, and chronic pain. Read more...


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