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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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