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  1. Rheumatoid Arthritis and Aerobic Exercise

    Aerobic exercise -- like swimming, using cardio machines at the gym, or simply going for a brisk walk -- is not only possible when you have rheumatoid arthritis, it’s good for you, too. Aerobic exercise gets your heart rate up. It's great for your heart and lungs, and it also: Helps you move better

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  2. 10% of U.S. Adults Physically Limited by Arthritis

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 7 (HealthDay News) -- More than 50 million Americans have arthritis, and almost half of them can't perform normal daily activities because of the disease, U.S. health officials said Thursday. Aging and obesity are the chief culprits behind this gr

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  3. Fibromyalgia Patients May Process Pain Differently

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Brain scans reveal that people with fibromyalgia are not as able to prepare for pain as healthy people, and they are less likely to respond to the promise of pain relief. This altered brain processing could explain why people

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  4. High Blood Pressure, Steroids May Worsen Lupus

    Nov. 4, 2013 (San Diego) -- High blood pressure and steroid medication may worsen lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect the joints, skin, kidneys, lungs, nervous system, and other organs. The good news is that patients might be able to change both risk factors, says Ian Bruce, MD. He

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  5. Childhood Arthritis: Aggressive Treatment Better?

    Nov. 4, 2013 (San Diego) -- Treating children with juvenile arthritis with multiple medications soon after the disease appears is more likely to make symptoms go away than treating them later or with fewer medications at the start, according to new research. "Remission is achievable if you treat ear

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  6. Can You Have Both Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gout?

    Nov. 4, 2013 (San Diego) -- Rheumatoid arthritis and gout, another form of arthritis, may occur together, despite previous thinking that having both is rare, according to new research. Based on the new findings, doctors should consider looking for gout in RA patients, says study researcher Christina

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  7. Sugary Drinks and Rheumatoid Arthritis Linked?

    Nov. 1, 2013 (San Diego)- Women who drink one or more sugar-sweetened sodas a day might raise their risk of getting rheumatoid arthritis, according to a new study that links RA risk to the sugary habit. The study does not prove cause and effect. Other studies have linked sugary drinks to higher risk

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  8. Activity, Brace May Ease Arthritis Pain

    Oct. 30, 2013 (San Diego) -- Osteoarthritis can be painful, but exercise can improve the quality of life for people with OA or those at high risk for it, according to new research. For people who have OA of the knee, a simple brace can ease pain greatly, another new study says. Both studies were pre

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  9. Lyrica May Ease Pain for Depressed Fibro Patients

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Fibromyalgia and depression often go hand in hand, and a new study finds that the drug Lyrica helps ease pain in patients being treated for both conditions. Lyrica (pregabalin) is approved in the United States to treat fibromy

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  10. Rheumatoid Arthritis and Strength Training

    Strength training is good for you. It builds your muscles and helps protect joints that are affected by arthritis. “Strength training is something that I recommend across the board to my RA patients,” says Marvin Smith, DPT. He’s a physical therapist at Oregon Health and Science University in Portla

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