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  1. Lupus Death Rates Vary by Race, Ethnicity: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Asian and Hispanic lupus patients in the United States have lower death rates than whites, blacks or Native Americans with the disease, a new study reveals. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes joint and organ dama

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  2. No Clear Winner Among Knee Arthritis Drugs

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Pain-relieving treatments for knee arthritis all work better than doing nothing -- but it's hard to point to a clear winner, a new research review concluded. Using data from almost 140 studies, researchers found all of the wi

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  3. Better Pain Relief After Knee Replacement Surgery?

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Postoperative pain is always a concern after knee replacement surgery, but a new study suggests a strategy that might give patients another way to ease discomfort. Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit not

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  4. Gout Attacks More Common at Night: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Acute gout attacks occur two times more often during the night and early morning than during the day, a new study finds. "It is speculated that lower body temperature, nighttime dehydration, or a nocturnal dip of cortiso

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  5. Weight Could Influence Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief

    By Alex Kramer HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with rheumatoid arthritis may be more likely to achieve remission if they maintain a healthy body weight, according to new research. The study found that those who were heaviest had almost 65 percent reduced odds o

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  6. How to Get Ankylosing Spondylitis Support

    When Shannon Coleman was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), she was surprised by how hard the condition hit her. “I’d had issues with my back for more than 10 years before I finally got a diagnosis in May 2014,” she says. “I thought I’d be prepared because I work in the health care field --

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  7. Beyond the Back

    Most people with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) know about back pain. But other areas of your body can swell and hurt, too. That’s what happened to 23-year-old Stefanie Gomez. When she was 15 -- before she ever had back pain -- the joints in her toe, ankle, and knee swelled up. They became red, warm, a

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  8. 7 Ways to Ease RA Depression

    It’s normal to feel a little overwhelmed when facing a long-term illness. With rheumatoid arthritis, the chances of being depressed are about double those of people who don’t have RA. More and more studies link depression and RA pain. The good news is that you can do a number of things to boost your

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  9. How Stress and Fatigue Affect RA

    If you have rheumatoid arthritis, it’s important to learn ways to manage stress. “Chronic or intense stress seems to cause certain chemical reactions in the body that may increase inflammation,” says Patricia Katz, MD. She's a rheumatologist and professor of medicine at the University of California,

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  10. 10 RA Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

    If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you’re familiar with painful, swollen joints. There are other symptoms to watch for, though. RA can affect any part of your body, from your eyes to your heart to your toes.  Also, newer drugs called biologics often have serious side effects. The big upside to these

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