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  1. Fibromyalgia Pain Takes Toll on Everyday Life

    May 13, 2011 -- Fibromyalgia affects relationships, parenting duties, and life decisions of people afflicted with the chronic pain disorder, a new survey finds. Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread muscle tenderness and pain, fatigue, and sleep problems. The cause is unclear, but abnormalitie

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  2. Fighting Lupus Fatigue

    If you have lupus, chances are good that you are no stranger to fatigue. It is one of the most common complaints among people with the disease. Artist and children’s book illustrator Adjoa B., who asked that her last name be withheld to protect her privacy, knows what it's like.  “I do experience th

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  3. WebMD 5: Our Expert's A's to Your Top Lupus Q's

    About 1.5 million Americans have lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE), the most common form), according to the Lupus Foundation of America. The majority, 90%, are women, who usually develop the disease between ages 15 and 44. African-American, Hispanic, and Asian women have a higher risk. El

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  4. Survey: Arthritis Can Hurt Quality of Life

    April 29, 2011 -- Arthritis may hurt more than just the joints of the 50 million Americans with the disease. A new survey suggests arthritis negatively affects physical as well as mental health. The results show the health-related quality of life of people with arthritis was two to three times worse

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  5. Arthritis Patients More Likely to Be Obese

    April 28, 2011 -- Adults with arthritis are more likely than those without arthritis to be obese, according to a new government study. ''The frequency of obesity is 54% higher among people with arthritis compared to those without,'' says Jennifer Hootman, PhD, an epidemiologist with the CDC. She is

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  6. Shorter Hospital Stay After Hip Replacement Surgery

    April 19, 2011 -- The average length of a hospital stay for hip replacement surgery has decreased significantly in recent years, new research indicates. But the rate of readmissions for complications or referrals to skilled care facilities has increased. Researchers say the two findings are not like

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  7. How Fibromyalgia Affects Men

    Randy Wold, 58, was an auto mechanic, an excellent golfer, and a bowler who never scored below 200. Then, nearly 10 years ago, when he was suffering from intense chronic pain, he received a surprise diagnosis. His doctor told him he had fibromyalgia. A disorder that causes chronic pain and fatigue,

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  8. Weight Loss Strategies to Help Ease Osteoarthritis Pain

    It makes perfect sense if you think about it: carting around extra weight in your middle, for example, places a burden on your knees and hips. And study after study shows that this extra stress can put you at risk for developing osteoarthritis (OA), the wear-and-tear form of the disease. Being overw

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  9. New Lupus Drug Benlysta Approved

    March 9, 2011 -- The FDA has approved Benlysta, the first new lupus drug since 1955. Benlysta is approved for the treatment of patients with active, autoantibody-positive lupus who are getting standard therapy. Standard therapy includes corticosteroids, antimalarial drugs, immunosuppressive agents,

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  10. New Lupus Treatment Benlysta: FAQ

    March 9, 2011 -- The FDA has approved Benlysta, the first new lupus treatment in 50 years. An FDA advisory panel last November voted 13-2 in favor of approval. But the panel noted that Benlysta is no wonder drug. Overall, it offered a modest benefit. Only 30% of patients who took the drug in clinica

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