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  1. How to Strengthen Your Joints

    As you age, you lose muscle and bone mass, which can lead to joint problems. Building and maintaining joint strength now can help you stay active and ward off problems down the road. Exercise improves bone density and keeps the muscles that surround your joints strong, says A. Lynn Millar, PhD, prof

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  2. 10 Habits That Can Wreck Joint Health

    You know high heels might cause achy joints. But those aren’t the only things that aren't so good for your joints. What you do -- or don't do -- every day can make a big difference in how your joints feel and function, both now and in the long term. Here are 10 habits that you should break, for your

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  3. Tai Chi: A Gentle Way to Help Your Joints

    Maybe your knees twinge, your hips creak, or your shoulders are stiff. There's an excellent chance that tai chi can help. This meditative martial art -- which features slow, gentle movements and deep breathing -- is a traditional Chinese mind-body practice that traces its roots back thousands of yea

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  4. Vitamin D Supplements May Ease Fibromyalgia Pain

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People suffering from the chronic pain of fibromyalgia might benefit from taking vitamin D supplements if they suffer from low levels of the vitamin, a new study from Austria suggests. There's no cure for fibromyalgia, whi

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  5. Death Rate After Hip, Knee Replacements Has Dropped

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of death from hip- or knee-replacement surgery has dropped substantially in recent years, a large new study finds. Dutch researchers found that since the early 1990s, death rates have fallen by almost two-thirds amo

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  6. Breastfeeding Might Reduce Moms' Odds of RA

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who breast-feed may have a lower risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis later in life, new research suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 7,300 women, aged 50 and older, in China who completed questionn

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  7. RA Patients See Big Boost in Quality of Life

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 3, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Rheumatoid arthritis patients can generally look forward to a much better quality of life today than they did 20 years ago, new research suggests. The observation is based on a comparative multi-year tracking of more than 1,1

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  8. Rheumatoid Arthritis and Aerobic Exercise

    Aerobic exercise -- like swimming, using cardio machines at the gym, or simply going for a brisk walk -- is not only possible when you have rheumatoid arthritis, it’s good for you, too. Aerobic exercise gets your heart rate up. It's great  for your heart and lungs, and it also: Helps you move better

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  9. 10% of U.S. Adults Physically Limited by Arthritis

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 7 (HealthDay News) -- More than 50 million Americans have arthritis, and almost half of them can't perform normal daily activities because of the disease, U.S. health officials said Thursday. Aging and obesity are the chief culprits behind this gr

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  10. Brain Scans Show Fibromyalgia Patients Process Pain Differently

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Brain scans reveal that people with fibromyalgia are not as able to prepare for pain as healthy people, and they are less likely to respond to the promise of pain relief. This altered brain processing could explain why people

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