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  1. Calcium Plus Vitamin D Won't Cure Joint Pain: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Older women seeking a cure for swollen, painful joints likely will find that taking calcium and vitamin D supplements won't reduce the severity of their condition, a new study reveals. Researchers analyzed data from more than 1,

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  2. Shoe Inserts Don't Help Arthritic Knee Pain: Study

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Lateral wedge shoe inserts don't appear to relieve pain in patients suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee, a new study finds. These inexpensive plastic inserts (or insoles) are designed to shift body weight from the insid

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  3. RA Increases Potential for Blood Clots: Study

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Rheumatoid arthritis increases the risk of developing potentially fatal blood clots in the legs and lungs, according to new research from Taiwan. People with this inflammatory form of arthritis are more than three times as li

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  4. Women With Lupus Seem at Higher Risk for Hip Fractures

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 4 (HealthDay News) -- Women with lupus -- the autoimmune disease that can damage skin, joints and organs -- also are at higher risk of a hip fracture known as a cervical fracture, new research from Taiwan suggests. Dr. Shu-Hung Wang, of the Taipei

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  5. RA Drugs Have Same Impact on Time Lost at Work: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 1 (HealthDay News) -- Treatment with a pricey biological drug was no better than cheaper, conventional therapy in terms of reducing time off from work for people with rheumatoid arthritis, a new study finds. Swedish researchers assessed lost work days

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  6. Why Yoga Can Be Good for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Regular exercise makes a big difference when you have rheumatoid arthritis. "It's important to keep muscles strong to support the joints, and movement is important to reduce stiffness," says Susan J. Bartlett, PhD, an associate professor of medicine at McGill University in Montreal. Yoga can be a fu

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  7. Knee Replacement Often Beneficial for RA: Study

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 20 (HealthDay News) -- The common belief that rheumatoid arthritis patients don't benefit from knee replacement surgery as much as those with the more common osteoarthritis has been challenged by the findings from a pair of studies by New York Cit

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  8. Stress and RA: How to Stay in Control

    Hilary Wilson of Duluth, Ga., now 60, was officially diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis or RA in 1987, but she is pretty sure she had the inflammatory arthritis long before that. RA is a chronic disease, marked by inflammation of the lining of the joints. It can lead to chronic joint pain, loss of

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  9. RA, Smoking, and Alcohol

    You already know that smoking is bad for you and that it's unhealthy to drink too much alcohol. But do you know how tobacco and alcohol relate to rheumatoid arthritis -- your odds of developing RA, or, if you already have RA, your odds of making it worse? Here's what the research shows. Smoking may

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  10. Rheumatoid Arthritis: Best and Worst Supplements and Herbs

    At 35, Chicago flight attendant Michele Mason says her bones felt like “pins and needles” were in them, and her hands were so swollen that she found it difficult to put on her infant son’s socks. Her knees ached, too. “I couldn’t even get out of the bathtub by myself,” she says. When her doctor susp

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