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  1. Knee, Hip Replacements Carry Blood Clot Risk

    Jan. 17, 2012 -- Doctors have long known that dangerous blood clots can occur after joint replacement surgery of the knees or hips. Now, a new analysis puts numbers on the risk. About 1 in 100 patients who undergo knee replacement surgery and 1 in 200 patients who have hip replacement surgery will d

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  2. Exercise, Talk Therapy by Phone May Help Relieve Fibromyalgia Pain

    Jan. 12, 2012 -- Exercise and/or talking with a therapist on the phone once a week may significantly reduce chronic pain, a new study shows. About 20% to 40% of adults report experiencing chronic pain, Seth Berkowitz, MD, and Mitchell Katz, MD, of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services

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  3. Drug Already on Market May Be a Boon to Gout Patients

    Jan. 5, 2012 -- A drug already on the market for some rare conditions may be able to help many people with the far more common condition of gout. More than 6 million Americans have experienced gout, an excruciatingly painful form of arthritis that comes on suddenly, leaving sufferers miserable and o

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  4. Tai Chi for Arthritis Relief

    The movements of tai chi are gentle, graceful, mystical -- and a safe way to relieve arthritis pain and gain balance, strength, and flexibility. Tai chi is one of many alternative therapies that can provide relief from pain, possibly letting you cut back on pain medications. Early mornings in large

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