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  1. Autoimmune Disease and RA

    What do rheumatoid arthritis (RA), type 1 diabetes, Graves' disease, and multiple sclerosis have in common? One affects joints, another blood sugar. One puts the thyroid into “overdrive.” And the last condition affects the brain and spinal cord. Although the diseases seem pretty different, there is

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  2. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Diabetes

    There’s research that suggests a connection between rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and diabetes. But the nature of that connection or even whether it’s actually real is unclear. "There are tantalizing links between the two diseases,” says Daniel Solomon, MD, MPH, an associate professor of medicine at Har

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  3. Rheumatoid Arthritis in Women

    Bess Schear, now age 48, once aspired to be a professional chef, but now she is happy just cooking for her husband, Howard, and their closest friends. But she's not complaining because there was a time when she didn't even think this type of informal cooking was possible. Diagnosed with rheumatoid a

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  4. The Link Between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lymphoma

    In the spring of 2006, Dora Burke finished her first triathlon with competitive results. When her ankle started hurting soon afterward, she chalked it up to the tough race. But in little over a month, this normally healthy, active mom in her 30s could barely move. Without warning, rheumatoid arthrit

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  5. Coping With Fatigue, Weakness, and Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Most people think of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) as a disease that causes joint pain. But if you have RA, you know that fatigue and weakness can exact their toll as well. "RA is actually much more than a joint disease," says M. Elaine Husni, MD, MPH. Husni is vice chair of rheumatology and director of

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  6. Getting a Grip on Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

    When you work on the Verrazano-Narrows, one of the biggest suspension bridges in the world, the cold temperatures and heavy lifting can really take a toll on your body. Construction worker John Melendez thought the pain and swelling he was experiencing in his hands, arms, and legs were just side eff

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  7. Juvenile Arthritis at School: 504 Plans, IEPs, and Pain Issues

    Sam Williams and his parents knew something was wrong when it hurt for the 8-year-old to grip a baseball bat, but they never considered juvenile arthritis. It hurt to write, giving Sam a sound excuse for not wanting to do his homework -- or even his work at school. After several weeks, Sam's pain gr

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  8. Rheumatoid Arthritis, Work, and Disability

    Nancy Hardin, age 71, of Dyersburg, Tenn., was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) 11 years ago.  A few months after her diagnosis, she quit her teaching job at a local high school because she could barely walk. Then she started taking the biologic drug Remicade and became nearly symptom-free.

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  9. Rheumatoid Arthritis and Sex

    Your sex life (or the lack of one) is probably not high on the list of topics when you're discussing your rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with your doctor. Even if you didn't have a ton of other topics to talk about, such as side effects of your medicines, morning stiffness and pain, and that promising ne

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  10. Assistive Devices: Living Better With Arthritis

    Eyeglasses, bottle openers, pliers -- we use dozens of assistive devices every day; without them there's a lot we couldn't do. So when rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or another condition puts the brakes on what you do, why not expand your tool set to include a few helpful devices that make it

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