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In the News: 02/05

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In the News: 11/04

Methotrexate: In Low Doses, No Harm To Bone Health Despite in vitro studies showing that methotrexate can bring on negative changes in bone mass, in low doses-from 7.5 to 20 milligrams a week-the popular arthritis drug poses no risk of osteoporosis. So concludes a recent Italian study that tested 731 female patients with rheumatoid arthritis who were divided on the basis of methotrexate use (non-users vs. patients who had taken the drug for at least six…
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In the News: 04/03

New Arthritis Drug Breaks The Marketing Mold-Its Free Abbot Laboratories, makers of the rheumatoid arthritis drug Humira, announced in January that it will provide its recently approved drug free to Medicare patients without drug coverage-at least until the government agrees to pay for it. The move, according to an article by reporter Bruce Japsen in the Chicago Tribune, is part altruism and part marketing because the companys drug is competing with a rival-Remicade-that has Medicare coverage.…
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In The News: 07/04

Scaffolding Could Be Arthritis Breakthrough Based on a recent procedure developed at the University of Missouri, the science of tissue engineering and biological stimulation is fast becoming one of the most important developments in orthopaedic medicine. And it may make osteoarthritis a thing of the past. In most cases, patients who undergo surgery to repair a damaged knee, for example, end up experiencing arthritis as they grow older. When a portion of a torn meniscus-the cartilage that…
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In The News: 08/04

Alendronate: Staying Power For Osteoporosis Patients The osteoporosis drug alendronate (Fosamax), a non-hormonal medication which slows bone loss and increases bone density by promoting bone mineralization, continues to help prevent bone loss years after patients stop taking it. A 10-year study among 247 post-menopausal women found that bone mineral density in the spine increased nearly 14 percent among those who took 10mg of alendronate daily for 10 years. Patients who took 20mg of the drug daily…
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In The News: 05/04

Sound Fishy? Cod-Liver Oil Can Delay Cartilage Damage Maybe your mother knew something, after all. Cod-liver oil-that nasty stuff she made you take as a child-has been shown to slow the destruction of joint cartilage in osteoarthritis patients, potentially reducing the need for joint-replacement surgery later in life. A study conducted at Cardiff University in Wales, U.K., shows that tissues from 86 percent of 25 patients awaiting joint replacement who took 2,000mg of cod-liver oil daily…
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Ask Dr. Marks: 08/04

Ive heard that certain medications can lead to osteoporosis. Which ones are they? At what point, or under what circumstances, should someone have a bone density test? Fortunately, very few arthritis medications cause osteoporosis. Two that can cause osteoporosis, however, are corticosteroids and methotrexate, medications that are frequently used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. When used in the low doses that are commonly prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis, methotrexate will not cause osteoporosis. It is…
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