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    1. How to Talk to Others About Your RA

      Your relationships will get a boost when you open up to your friends and family about the ways rheumatoid arthritis affects you. A little straight talk helps folks understand just what you're going through. "People are not going to know about rheumatoid arthritis like other more common conditions su

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    2. Stay Active With RA and Keep Up the Fun

      Rheumatoid arthritis flares can be hard to predict, but you don't have to let them mess with your plans. Whether you're about to get on a plane or meet friends at a restaurant, the right prep can smooth the way for a good time. Ask your doctor about vaccinations. If you're headed to another country,

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    3. How to Do Household Chores When You Have RA

      Home tasks don't have to be a struggle when you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Tweak your cooking and clean-up style -- and make good use of helpful gadgets -- and you'll be back in charge of your home again. "We don't realize the constant strain we put on our joints," said Sherry Muir, PhD, an ass

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    4. Your Rheumatoid Arthritis When the Season Changes

      You can't change the weather, but if your rheumatoid arthritis acts up when it's cold and rainy, there's a lot you can do ease stiffness and pain. Pittsburgh resident Ashley Boynes-Shuck knows the issue firsthand. The 32-year-old author has RA, and when the weather shifts gears, it tends to flare up

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    5. How to Beat Morning Pain From Rheumatoid Arthritis

      Kelly Clayton usually sets her alarm clock so she's got an extra 45 minutes to get ready for her day. No, she's not a habitual snooze-button presser. Clayton, a 37-year-old PhD student in Rockton, IL, has rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The early wake-up is part of her strategy to curb the extra stiffnes

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    6. Exercise Post-Knee Replacement May Raise This Risk

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, April 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There could be a downside to knee replacement: As people get more active, their odds for hip and spinal fractures rise, a new study suggests. One expert wasn't surprised by the finding. While the exact reason for the in

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    7. Should You Have Hip Replacement Surgery?

      More than 300,000 people have complete hip replacement surgeries in the U.S. every year. About 90% of them feel better and can get back to normal activities months, or even weeks, after the operation. "The happiest patients you have are total hip replacement patients," says orthopedic surgeon Claude

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    8. Smoking Hikes Early Death Chances for RA Patients

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking increases the chances of early death in people with rheumatoid arthritis, but quitting smoking significantly reduces that risk, a new study suggests. "This research provides important evidence that the risk of earl

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    9. Can a Sports Injury Raise My Osteoarthritis Risk?

      Maybe you like to stay fit by hitting the tennis court a few times a week. Or is a backyard catch with your son more your speed? Whatever your sports passion, along with the health benefits comes a risk of injury that can lead to osteoarthritis (OA) later in life. Don't give up your exercise routine

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    10. Alternative Treatments for Knee Arthritis

      Ruth Cohen, DC, a 57-year-old chiropractor in Greenvale, NY, has lived with knee osteoarthritis (OA) for a long time. But the former college gymnast isn't ready for an operation to replace her joint. "I'm always looking to deal with alternative treatments before resorting to drugs or surgery," Cohen

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