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  1. Knee Arthritis: Very Low-Calorie Diet May Help

    Dec. 21, 2011 -- Obesity is a major risk factor for knee osteoarthritis, and although weight loss is often recommended to reduce painful pressure on joints, not all patients succeed in shedding extra pounds. Osteoarthritis -- sometimes called "wear and tear" arthritis -- is frequently related to age

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  2. Lupus and Depression: 11 Ways to Help You Cope

    If you have lupus, it’s normal to feel sad or down sometimes. After all, lupus may force you to make big adjustments in your life. Lupus can put a strain on your personal relationships, and make it hard to do some of the things you enjoy. All this can take a toll on you emotionally. But feelings of

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  3. Lupus and Family Support

    If someone you love has lupus, you probably are affected by the illness too. Whether it’s your spouse, parent, child, or close friend who has lupus, chances are that lupus touches your relationship in some way. It can be hard to know how to deal with a chronic illness like lupus. In many cases, you

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  4. Lupus and Pregnancy: Tips for Living with Lupus While Pregnant

    Lupus does not reduce a woman’s chances of getting pregnant. Less than 50% of pregnancies in women with lupus have complications, but all lupus pregnancies are considered high-risk. Lupus can complicate pregnancy with an increased risk of miscarriage, premature delivery, and preeclampsia, as well as

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  5. Exercises for Lupus

    When you’re living with lupus, the very thought of exercising can be painful. You’re tired, your joints ache, and you just want to rest. But research shows that exercise can help people with lupus build stronger muscles, prevent joint stiffness, control fatigue, and avoid weight gain. Just be sure t

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  6. Study: Bone Drugs May Increase Longevity of Replaced Joints

    Dec. 6, 2011 -- New research may help hip and knee replacements last longer in patients who take commonly prescribed bone-loss drugs. Joint replacement surgeries help millions live with less pain, but many people who have them eventually need repeat procedures when the implants loosen over time. Now

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  7. Artificial Hips: Newer Might Not Be Better

    Nov. 29, 2011 -- Traditional hip implants might be safer and last longer than some new ones, an FDA-funded study finds. It’s among the first studies to compare outcomes in people who got different kinds of artificial hip implants with different materials. When researchers evaluated total hip-replace

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  8. Exercise May Improve Memory in Fibromyalgia Patients

    Nov. 17, 2011 -- Exercise improved pain and memory in women with fibromyalgia, even without medication, suggests a new study. Researchers found that regular aerobic exercise decreased activity in memory and pain control areas of the brain. "The decreased brain activity ... suggests that the brain is

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  9. High Uric Acid Linked to Both Gout and Diabetes

    Nov. 11, 2011 (Chicago) -- People with gout should make sure their uric acid levels are under control -- even if they're not experiencing symptoms of the painful arthritic disorder. "Many people are walking around with uncontrolled uric acid levels and we used to not worry about it -- if they're not

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  10. Women Under 50 With RA at Higher Fracture Risk

    Nov. 11, 2011 (Chicago) -- Women under 50 with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are more than twice as likely to break a bone as those without the condition, a large study shows. While it’s known that rheumatoid arthritis is associated with a higher rate of fractures in older men and women, "there is an in

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