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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. Strength Training for Your Rheumatoid Arthritis

      Strength training is good for you. It builds your muscles and helps support and protect joints that are affected by arthritis. “I recommend [it] across the board to my RA patients,” says Marvin Smith, DPT, a physical therapist at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. Make it a habit, and

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    6. 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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    7. Flexibility Exercises to Help Your Rheumatoid Arthritis

      You can do gentle moves to ease pain, avoid injuries, and improve your balance. They help your joints work well. There are two basic types of flexibility exercises. Stretches keep your muscles elastic, which helps you move your joints more easily. Range-of-motion exercises keep your joints moving th

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    8. A Blood Test for Fibromyalgia?

      Oct. 28, 2013 -- A new blood test may predict fibromyalgia, a condition that can be hard to diagnose. Research about the new test was presented Sunday at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology in San Diego. EpicGenetics of Santa Monica, Calif., developed the test, called the FM/a

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    9. Certain RA Drugs May Also Protect Patients' Hearts

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, Oct. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Drugs that people with rheumatoid arthritis use to help ease the symptoms of the disease might also help ward off heart trouble, two new studies find. Researchers in Sweden found that so-called "biologic" drugs, known

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    10. Treating RA Early May Cut Damaging Effects

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, Oct. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Immediate and effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis reduces the risk that patients will have joint damage and disability within a few years, a new study suggests. The findings show the need for doctors to discourage pat

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