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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. RA Strategy: Treat Early, but With What Medicines?

      Oct. 30, 2013 (San Diego) -- Most experts agree it’s best to treat rheumatoid arthritis early -- and some say aggressively -- as soon as the diagnosis is made. But debate continues about what medications are best to use first, and in what combinations. Some experts think patients should use three me

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    5. Fibromyalgia Exercise, One Step at a Time

      When Lynne Matallana was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia, she spent most of her time in bed. Then her doctor suggested she get some exercise. “I knew I’d have to start really slowly, so I started exercising while I was still in bed,” says Matallana, president and founder of the National Fibromyalg

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    6. Stelara OK'd for Psoriatic Arthritis

      Oct. 4, 2013 -- Stelara, an injectable drug already approved to treat psoriasis, is now also approved to treat psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune disease. The immune system attacks healthy skin cells and joints, causing inflammation. Of the 7.5 million people with psoriasis, a

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    7. 10% Weight Loss May Relieve Arthritic Knee Pain

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Older people with a weight problem can relieve knee pain from osteoarthritis if they lose just 10 percent of their body weight through diet and exercise, a new study finds. Overweight and obese people 55 or older who partici

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    8. Copper Bracelets 'Don't Help Rheumatoid Arthritis'

      Sept. 18, 2013 -- Copper bracelets and magnetic wrist straps have no real effect on pain and swelling in rheumatoid arthritis, a new study finds. They also seem to have no effect in preventing the disease from getting worse. The practice of wearing copper bracelets to help RA has been popular since

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    9. Broccoli Could Help Fight Arthritis

      Aug. 28, 2013 -- A compound found in broccoli could help prevent or slow the progress of the most common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a joint disease caused by the breakdown of cartilage and bone in joints. It most often affects the hands, feet, spine, hips, and knees. The main symptoms are

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    10. 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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