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  1. Hand Exercises for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    You need your hands to cook, clean, type, and do just about everything else. But you probably don’t think much about how important manual dexterity is unless you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or another type of arthritis that attacks your hand and finger joints. RA is a disease in which the body's

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  2. Expert Answers to Top Questions About Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Whether you have just been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or have been living with this autoimmune disease for years, you no doubt have many questions and concerns. To help you get up to speed on the best ways to manage your RA today and for years to come, we took your top questions to rhe

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  3. Alternative Therapies for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    While researchers continue to develop medications to help people with rheumatoid arthritis, many patients and doctors are also exploring alternative therapies for the disease, including yoga, diet, and exercise. And they’re finding these therapies can make a big difference. Once a month, Sheila Will

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  4. Eduardo Xol on Life, Balance, and His Sister’s Lupus

    Landscaper/designer Eduardo Xol of the popular TV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is all about balance: finding it for his own life and bringing it to the people he designs for. His second book, Extreme Entertaining Made Simple, in bookstores Nov. 4, communicates this reassuring philosophy. “I d

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  5. How Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects Your Life

    Rheumatoid arthritis most often strikes between ages 30 and 40, when most people have a lot of living to do. Daily life and future plans suddenly have to include a chronic illness that's as unwelcome as it is unpredictable. "Being diagnosed with RA is a life-changing experience," says Scott Zashin,

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  6. Diet and Rheumatoid Arthritis: How to Fix Fast and Simple Meals

    Everyone wants to save time and energy in the kitchen. It's particularly important when aching joints from arthritis turn preparing a meal into a monumental task. We've put together some ideas for easy meals that take the strain off your hands and body and don't wear you out. At the same time, they

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  7. Rheumatoid Arthritis: Keeping a Positive Outlook

    The stress of waging a constant health battle can get to you. Day after day, week after week. It's easy to get down, depressed. Just ask Carla Guillory. She's become an expert at what psychiatrists call realistic optimism -- reining in your thoughts, keeping fears and negativity at bay. It's been Gu

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  8. Exercise Can Ease Fibromyalgia Pain

    Fibromyalgia is so difficult to diagnose that it can take years before patients understand what’s making their bodies ache. When Lynn Matallana began noticing unexplained pain and fatigue in 1993 -- “pain in every part of my body, pain that felt like acid in my veins” -- it took her nearly two years

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  9. Cosmetic Cover-up Tips for Psoriatic Arthritis: Look and Feel Your Best

    They say looking good is the best revenge, so why not get back at your psoriatic arthritis?  Though you may be concerned over the ways psoriatic arthritis affects your appearance, there are ways to camouflage problem areas and enhance your looks and your self-esteem.   Because most people with psori

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  10. Psoriatic Arthritis and Psoriasis: What's the Connection?

    What's the connection between psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis? Both are thought to be caused primarily by your immune system. But not everyone who has psoriasis -- which causes patches or plaques of scaly and inflamed skin -- develops psoriatic arthritis. This form of inflammatory arthritis causes

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