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    1. FDA Approves New Gout Drug

      Dec. 23, 2015 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the use of Zurampic (lesinurad) to reduce high levels of uric acid -- hyperuricemia -- in the blood, a major contributor to the painful condition known as gout. The drug is meant to be used in combination with an already appr

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    2. Rheumatoid Arthritis and Your Sex Life

      Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can change a lot of things, including your love life. Around half of men and women with RA say they’ve had some trouble in the bedroom, like pain during intercourse and low sex drive. But an RA diagnosis doesn’t have to mean the end of your sex life. If anything, intimacy s

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    3. 6 Life Hacks for Your Rheumatoid Arthritis

      When Kelly Ann Pierce was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) at age 15, she didn’t know anything about it. Now 42, Pierce is practically an expert. And if there’s anything she’s learned over the past 27 years, “it’s that you can have a good, full life, even with RA,” she says. Like most people

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    4. Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lymphoma: What’s the Link?

      Sure, it’s scary to see an ad on TV that says your RA drugs might make you more likely to get lymphoma, a type of cancer in your lymph nodes. But that’s not something for most people to worry about, says Eric L. Matteson, MD, chair of rheumatology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. “The majority o

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    5. 8 Diet Tips for Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief

      Food might not be the first thing on your mind when you have the stiffness, swelling, and pain of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). But what if it could provide some relief? It’s no substitute for your medicine, but it can help, says Anca D. Askanase, MD, clinical director of rheumatology at Columbia Unive

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    6. When Men Get Rheumatoid Arthritis

      One morning in 1972, Bill Mulvihill woke up to severe pain and stiffness in his elbow. “It was locked in a right angle. I couldn’t unlock it. And I never fully did again,” says Mulvihill, now 68 and living in Cincinnati. Back then, Mulvihill thought he’d injured his elbow playing basketball. When hi

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    7. RA, Smoking, and Alcohol

      Your joints hurt for weeks from a bout of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). So you reach for a cigarette to make yourself feel better. You’re really making it worse. An occasional glass of wine or two, though, is all right -- as long as your doctor gives you the OK. Will Smoking Ignite Your RA? No one know

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    8. Is It Growing Pains or Something More Serious?

      Your child wakes up in the middle of the night in pain, with a tight grip on her leg. A little TLC gets her back to sleep. You chalk it up to growing pains and get back in bed yourself. But then it happens again. And again. Now you ask yourself: Could it be something more serious? Almost 2 out of ev

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    9. Shots or Injections for Knee Arthritis

      When you have pain, stiffness, or other problems because of knee osteoarthritis (OA), and other treatments haven't helped, your doctor may suggest injections to ease your symptoms. Shots in your knee joint are an option if you don’t get relief from a pain reliever like acetaminophen or ibuprofen, sa

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    10. Walking to Ease Knee Pain

      It's a catch-22 when you have knee pain from osteoarthritis. It hurts, so you don't want to move. But if you exercise, it can eventually make your knees feel better. "I've gone a period of time when I haven’t moved a joint much and, when I first start, it's a little bit sore," says Denver physical t

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