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  1. Weight Could Influence Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief

    By Alex Kramer HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with rheumatoid arthritis may be more likely to achieve remission if they maintain a healthy body weight, according to new research. The study found that those who were heaviest had almost 65 percent reduced odds o

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  2. Beyond the Back

    Most people with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) know about back pain. But other areas of your body can swell and hurt, too. That’s what happened to 23-year-old Stefanie Gomez. When she was 15 -- before she ever had back pain -- the joints in her toe, ankle, and knee swelled up. They became red, warm, a

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  3. How to Get Ankylosing Spondylitis Support

    When Shannon Coleman was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), she was surprised by how hard the condition hit her. “I’d had issues with my back for more than 10 years before I finally got a diagnosis in May 2014,” she says. “I thought I’d be prepared because I work in the health care field --

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  4. How Stress and Fatigue Affect RA

    If you have rheumatoid arthritis, it’s important to learn ways to manage stress. “Chronic or intense stress seems to cause certain chemical reactions in the body that may increase inflammation,” says Patricia Katz, MD. She's a rheumatologist and professor of medicine at the University of California,

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  5. 10 RA Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

    If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you’re familiar with painful, swollen joints. There are other symptoms to watch for, though. RA can affect any part of your body, from your eyes to your heart to your toes. Also, newer drugs called biologics often have serious side effects. The big upside to these m

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  6. 7 Ways to Ease RA Depression

    It’s normal to feel a little overwhelmed when facing a long-term illness. With rheumatoid arthritis, the chances of being depressed are about double those of people who don’t have RA. More and more studies link depression and RA pain. The good news is that you can do a number of things to boost your

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  7. RA: Tips to Manage Your Fatigue

    If you have rheumatoid arthritis and often feel tired, you’re hardly alone: More than 80% of people who have it say it causes fatigue. You might also find that weakness -- either all over or in areas of your body affected by RA -- gets in the way of things you used to do with ease, whether it’s open

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  8. How to Handle RA at Work

    Years ago, a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis might've meant you had to drop out of the workforce. Today, drugs that treat RA can manage symptoms so well that you can keep right on working. Making small changes like these can also help. Talk to your boss. Don’t be are afraid to ask for help. You mi

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  9. Study: Running Won't Raise Risk of Knee Arthritis

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, Nov. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regular running doesn't seem to increase your chances of developing knee osteoarthritis, and it may even help prevent the disease, researchers report. The researchers analyzed data from more than 2,600 people who provide

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  10. RA in Moms-to-Be Tied to Premature Births

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women with rheumatoid arthritis are at increased risk for giving birth prematurely, a new study suggests. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic joint inflammation. For the study, rese

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