Tag: combination therapy

RA Treatment: Simpler is Better

Recent research shows that patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are more likely to follow a simple drug therapy program, such as methotrexate (MTX) plus a tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi), than follow a “triple-therapy” regimen of MTX, hydroxychloroquine, and sulfasalazine, according to a recent study published in Arthritis Care &

New Details on the Risk and Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy

During the 1980s and 1990s, older women were advised to take estrogen and other hormones to ease menopause symptoms and keep their hearts healthy. But in 2002, data from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI)—a large, randomized trial of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in postmenopausal women—revealed that estrogen use failed to

Newsbriefs: Excess Calcium; Prostate Cancer

Excess calcium could be early detector of cancer.
A condition known as hypercalcemia—high levels of calcium in the blood—could be an early indicator of certain types of cancer, according to a study by British researchers. Hypercalcaemia is a common metabolic disorder associated with cancer, and occurs in 10 to 20 percent

2. Beating Skin Cancer

Cancer is the name for a collection of related diseases. The distinguishing characteristic of all them is that cells divide, grow, and spread (metastasize) to other tissues of the body.
Skin cancer, then, is the abnormal growth of skin cells. It is responsible for one-third of all cancers in the United

7. Treatment

Despite reports of promising new therapies for Alzheimer’s disease, there is still no cure. One or more of the drugs currently being tested may offer hope, but the results of those studies are still a few years away. In the meantime, there are drugs that can treat some of the

Hormone Replacement Therapy: Consider Pros and Cons Carefully

During the 1980s and 1990s, older women were advised to take estrogen and other hormones to ease menopause symptoms and keep their hearts healthy. But in 2002, data from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI)—a large, randomized trial of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in postmenopausal women—revealed that estrogen use failed to

Melanoma: Less Common But More Dangerous

Though less common than the other types of skin cancer, melanoma is much more dangerous because it is more likely to invade other parts of the body. While anyone can have melanoma, seniors are more at risk. The average age for melanoma diagnosis is 62. Early detection remains the best

Newsbriefs: Brain Tumors; Cancer Metastasis

Radiation Plus Chemo for Low-Grade Brain Tumors
A randomized phase III clinical trial at Ohio State University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center of 251 people with grade 2 gliomas found that patients treated with radiation plus a combination of chemotherapy drugs have better survival rates—13.3 years compared to 7.8 years—than patients treated with

Find the Diabetes Drugs Best Suited for You

The days in which the only treatment for type 2 diabetes was insulin injections are long past. Now, new classes of FDA-approved drugs and new drug combinations allow physicians to individualize treatment based on the specific needs of the 29 million Americans who have the condition, half of whom are

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