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  1. Chinese Herb Targets Immune System

    Feb. 12, 2012 -- A new discovery about a 2,000-year-old Chinese herbal remedy derived from the roots of the blue evergreen hydrangea may pave the way for a new generation of targeted treatments for autoimmune disorders. A new study suggests the Chinese herb known as Chang Shan selectively weakens th

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  2. 2 in 5 Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Sedentary

    Jan. 26, 2012 -- More than 40% of U.S. adults with rheumatoid arthritis get no exercise, according to a study published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research. RA, which affects 1.3 million adults, is a painful condition that causes joints to be swollen, stiff, and damaged. Inactivity puts RA pati

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  3. Enriched Milk May Ease Gout

    Jan. 23, 2012 -- Drinking a daily dose of enriched skim milk may help reduce gout flare-ups. A new study shows that people who drank an enriched skim milk shake made from powdered milk and additional dairy components had fewer gout attacks and less painful symptoms. Previous research has already sho

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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