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  1. Staying Active With Osteoarthritis

    If your doctor tells you that you have osteoarthritis (OA), you might assume your days of indoor cycling classes and lifting weights are over. With joint pain, swelling, and stiffness in your future, it's hard to imagine pumping iron at the gym -- much less peeling your achy body off the couch to dr

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  2. OA: Treatment Overview

    Osteoarthritis, the wear-and-tear form of arthritis, affects one in two Americans during the course of their lifetime. Marked by pain, swelling, and reduced motion in the joints, OA typically strikes the hands, knees, hips or spine -- but any joint is at risk. Does this mean you are a sitting duck?

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  3. Better Sleep with Osteoarthritis

    It’s a vicious cycle. Your osteoarthritis pain keeps you up all night as you struggle to find a comfortable position, and the lack of sleep makes your pain worse the next day and so on and so forth. If you are one of the 27 million people with OA, it can be hard to sleep soundly, but there are 10 tr

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  4. Flesh-Eating Bacteria and Lupus

    May 14, 2012 -- Infection with flesh-eating bacteria, a condition called called necrotizing fasciitis, has struck Aimee Copeland, a 24-year-old Georgia student who reportedly also has lupus. It's estimated that 5 million people worldwide, including 1.5 million Americans, have lupus. Are they at risk

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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