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    1. RA Medicines: Finding What You Need

      Living with rheumatoid arthritis usually means taking medication. "Treatments are working better than we could have imagined 15 years ago," says Clifton O. "Bing" Bingham, MD, director of the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center in Baltimore. Thanks to aggressive treatment, symptoms like painful, swollen

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    2. How Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects Pregnancy

      If you're pregnant or planning to be, you may wonder how having rheumatoid arthritis (RA) could affect your pregnancy. Here's some good news: Many women with RA find that their symptoms go into remission during pregnancy. What’s more, RA doesn't seem to affect your chances of getting or staying preg

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    3. Traveling Pain-Free With RA

      Traveling with rheumatoid arthritis is a little more complicated, but it doesn't have to be less fun. "There's no reason you can't travel just because you have RA," says Victoria Ruffing, RN, program manager at the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center in Baltimore. "You just need to take some extra precau

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    4. How RA Affects Your Overall Health

      When most people think of arthritis, they think of achy wrists and knees. But rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is another story. "RA goes way beyond the joints," says M. Elaine Husni, MD, MPH, director of the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Treatment Center at the Cleveland Clinic. The inflammation that's pa

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    5. 8 Affordable Aids for Rheumatoid Arthritis

      Need a little help sometimes? Maybe you could use a hand when you get out of a chair, cook a meal, or write out a shopping list. You can make life with rheumatoid arthritis easier with a few gadgets that are easy on your wallet. "People say that they don't want to use an assistive device because the

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    6. Lidocaine Injection May Help Treat Fibromyalgia

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The pain of fibromyalgia might be eased with injections of the painkiller lidocaine, a new study suggests. People with fibromyalgia complain of chronic pain throughout their body as well as an increased sensitivity

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    7. One Tick Bite Can Equal Two Infections

      By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you're planning to spend quality time outdoors this summer, new research may give you another reason to guard against ticks. In a New York state study, about one in 10 deer ticks were found to be harboring at least tw

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    8. Treatments for Chronic Lyme Disease (PTLDS)

      A bite from a bacteria-infected tick causes Lyme disease. If you get the disease, you might have lingering symptoms. Some people have ongoing pain and fatigue, says Afton Hassett, PsyD, principal investigator at the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center at University of Michigan. The continued sy

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    9. Can 6,000 Steps a Day Keep Knee Arthritis at Bay?

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Walking the equivalent of an hour a day may help improve knee arthritis and prevent disability, new research suggests. Because of knee arthritis, many older adults find walking, climbing stairs or even getting up from

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    10. Drug Shows Promise for Psoriatic-Linked Arthritis

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new drug called brodalumab appears to be effective in treating patients suffering from psoriatic arthritis, a study says. Patients who responded to brodalumab had a significant improvement in their skin and reductio

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