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    1. 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. N

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    2. 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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    3. 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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    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. 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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    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. 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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    8. 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 psoriati

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    9. The Brave Face

      Diagnosed with disfiguring lupus at 12, Nicole Paxson channeled her frustrations into an innovative makeup line.

    10. Fibromyalgia and Medical Marijuana

      Fibromyalgia, a chronic pain syndrome, is hard to treat and impossible to cure. With pain so debilitating, patients may wonder about trying medical marijuana to ease their discomfort. Still widely controversial, "medical marijuana" refers to the smoked form of the drug. It does not refer to the synt

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