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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. Acetaminophen Won't Help Arthritis Pain, Study Finds

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Acetaminophen -- commonly known as Tylenol in the United States -- isn't an effective choice for relieving osteoarthritis pain in the hip or knee, or for improving joint function, a new study finds. Although the drug

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    5. Vitamin D a No Go for Arthritic Knees

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Vitamin D supplements didn't relieve pain or slow the progression of knee osteoarthritis in a new study, even though the patients involved had low levels of the vitamin. Osteoarthritis is a progressive disease, and curr

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    6. After Hip Replacement, Therapy at Home May Suffice

      By Don Rauf HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Surgeons often recommend outpatient physical therapy to help hip replacement patients get moving again, but researchers report that a home exercise program may work just as well. Experts say that physical therapy plays a vital

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    7. Steroid May Be Safe, Effective Gout Treatment

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A steroid pill may be as good as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for treating painful gout, new research suggests. Researchers who compared the steroid prednisolone with the arthritis medication indomethacin fou

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    8. How to Manage Your RA and Get Relief

      One night Stephanie Hass, then 34, collapsed on her couch, completely exhausted. When she woke up, she could hardly move. "All my major joints were swollen -- my knees, shoulders, ankles, wrists, hands. It was so painful I couldn't walk. It felt like there were knives in my feet," she says. Hass was

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    9. Acupuncture May Help Ease Fibromyalgia Pain

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Acupuncture may help ease pain and improve quality of life for people with fibromyalgia, a new study suggests. Ten weeks after treatment, the pain scores of patients given acupuncture dropped an average of 41 percent, co

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    10. Managing Gout Between Flares

      An attack of gout can be so painful that most people would do anything to avoid another. Unfortunately, flare-ups often occur. Studies show that people who have suffered a first attack of gout have a 62% chance of suffering another within a year. The odds climb to almost 80% within two years. "Over

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