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  1. Fighting Lupus Fatigue and Boosting Energy

    Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of lupus. In fact, most people with lupus have fatigue at some point in their illness. “When lupus hit, it was like running into a wall at 80 mph,” says Ann S. Utterback, PhD, a broadcast voice specialist in Virginia who was diagnosed with lupus in 2006. “I

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  2. Smoking Raises Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk

    Dec. 13, 2010 -- Add severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to the list of diseases linked to cigarette smoking. Findings from a study, which appear in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, suggest that smoking accounts for more than a third of cases of the most common form of RA and for more than 50% of

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  3. Lupus and Sex: 8 Ways to Improve Your Sex Life

    When Adam Brown was diagnosed with lupus in 2007, he was afraid it would mean the end of his sex life. “Sex was definitely a big concern, especially since I was only 23,” he says. But Brown, now 26 and married, was relieved to find that wasn’t the case. “It was a little rough going at first, but my

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  4. Lupus on the Job: Your Rights and Responsibilities

    When you’re diagnosed with lupus, you may have many questions about how to handle your lupus at work. You may wonder how long you’ll be able to work. Or what to do if there are certain job functions you have difficulty doing. And you may worry about whether to tell your employer and coworkers that y

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  5. Heart Attack Risk Quickly Follows RA Diagnosis

    Dec. 8, 2010 -- Heart attack risk significantly increases one year after rheumatoid arthritis (RA) diagnosis, new research suggests. The new study, which appears in the December issue of the Journal of Internal Medicine, is not the first to link RA and heart disease, but it does show that an increas

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  6. Light Exercise May Prevent Osteoarthritis

    Nov.  29, 2010 (Chicago) -- Light exercises such as walking and bowling and avoidance of knee-bending activities such as climbing and squatting may protect against osteoarthritis of the knee in at-risk people, researchers report. On the flip side, high-impact sports such as running and skiing are as

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  7. FDA Advisory Panel Backs New Lupus Drug

    Nov. 16, 2010 -- At the end of a day of often emotional testimony, an FDA advisory panel overwhelmingly voted to recommend the approval of a new drug for the treatment of systemic lupus. If the FDA follows the panel’s advice, the drug, belimumab, will be the first drug approved in more than 50 years

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  8. Benlysta Shows Promise for Lupus

    Nov. 15, 2010 (Atlanta) -- People with lupus given the first in a new class of experimental drugs that target the disease process did better than patients given standard treatment, according to one-year results of a large clinical trial. Longer follow-up of the patients suggests that over time, the

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  9. Finding Dr. Right for Your Fibromyalgia

    Not every doctor understands fibromyalgia well -- yet it's critical to find one who is up to date on the latest fibromyalgia treatment and research. Wherever you live, you'll have to do some research to find a health care provider who is the best fit for you. Here's the good news: "It's easier now t

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  10. Cherries May Cut Risk of Gout Flare-ups

    Nov. 11, 2010 (Atlanta) -- People with gout may be able to cut in half their risk of recurrent attacks by eating about 20 cherries a day, preliminary research suggests. The findings support years of anecdotal reports from patients that cherries help keep the inflammatory arthritic condition in check

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