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  1. Ask the Expert: I Have RA and My Husband Won't Help

    In every issue of WebMD the Magazine, we ask our experts to answer readers' questions about a wide range of topics. In our May 2011 issue, a reader with rheumatoid arthritis asked WebMD's rheumatology expert, Scott Zashin, MD, why her husband doesn't help her more. A: It is not at all unusual for ma

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  2. New Guidelines for Kidney Disease Due to Lupus

    May 3, 2012 -- When lupus attacks the kidneys, the damage can be life-threatening. Now, updated guidelines from the American College of Rheumatology are aimed at identifying kidney involvement in lupus early and treating it aggressively to stop this damage in its tracks. Systemic lupus erythematosus

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  3. RA and Your Diet

    How much can what you eat help -- or hurt -- your rheumatoid arthritis (RA)? For decades, researchers have looked into whether there is a link between food and RA. For almost as long, various diets and supplements have claimed to relieve swollen joints and morning stiffness -- or even falsely "cure"

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  4. 1/3 With Arthritis Report Anxiety or Depression

    April 30, 2012 -- One-third of people 45 and older with arthritis report that they are depressed or anxious, a new study shows.  And anxiety may even be more common than depression among these people. "The emotional consequences of arthritis are high," says researcher Louise Murphy, PhD. She is an e

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  5. For Women: OA Risk Factors and Coping Tips

    You used to climb stairs, lift toddlers, and work in the garden with ease. Now osteoarthritis makes these activities difficult and painful for you. You're not alone. Nearly 27 million Americans have osteoarthritis. And about 16 million of them are women. If you are a woman with osteoarthritis, don't

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  6. How Stress and Fatigue Affect RA

    Stress and rheumatoid arthritis often go hand in painful hand. Many people trace the onset of their rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to a stressful event in their lives. “I was going through a really stressful period in my life when I first developed RA, and I really believe that it aggravated it a lot,” s

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  7. Rheumatoid Arthritis: 8 Top Myths

    Rheumatoid arthritis affects about 1% of the population worldwide, but still misunderstanding swirls around this common and severe joint condition.   "There are so many misconceptions out there about rheumatoid arthritis," says Paul Kremer, MD, a rheumatologist and professor of medicine at Albany Me

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  8. RA and Your Diet: Can Foods Reduce Inflammation?

    Can your diet help ease rheumatoid arthritis symptoms? The research is mixed, but this much is true: RA pain and stiffness is caused by inflammation, and some foods have an anti-inflammatory effect in the body. While changing your diet won’t eliminate your RA symptoms completely, learning which food

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  9. Biologics for RA: Costs and Insurance

    Biologic drugs for rheumatoid arthritis work for 2 out of 3 people who take them for RA. These genetically engineered drugs often slow or halt the progression of joint damage, and they may even push RA into remission. But the drugs are expensive; they cost about $1,000 to $3,000 a month. Even with h

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  10. Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Have Higher Fail Rates

    March 12, 2012 -- Data from the world’s largest joint replacement registry show that troubled metal-on-metal hip implants have early failure rates that are two to four times higher than implants made with other kinds of materials. The new study, which is published in the Lancet, shows that high earl

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