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  1. RA Strategy: Treat Early, but With What Medicines?

    Oct. 30, 2013 (San Diego) -- Most experts agree it’s best to treat rheumatoid arthritis early -- and some say aggressively -- as soon as the diagnosis is made. But debate continues about what medications are best to use first, and in what combinations. Some experts think patients should use three me

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  2. Fibromyalgia Exercise, One Step at a Time

    When Lynne Matallana was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia, she spent most of her time in bed. Then her doctor suggested she get some exercise. “I knew I’d have to start really slowly, so I started exercising while I was still in bed,” says Matallana, president and founder of the National Fibromyalg

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  3. Stelara OK'd for Psoriatic Arthritis

    Oct. 4, 2013 -- Stelara, an injectable drug already approved to treat psoriasis, is now also approved to treat psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune disease. The immune system attacks healthy skin cells and joints, causing inflammation. Of the 7.5 million people with psoriasis, a

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  4. When Men Get Rheumatoid Arthritis

    For a few years, Andrew Ellis tried to tough out the pain, which started in his thumb. A boxer and football player in college, Ellis, 58, was used to aches and pains. He’d even broken his thumb once, so he told himself the new pain was from the old break. Then his other thumb began to hurt. Soon, he

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  5. 10% Weight Loss May Relieve Arthritic Knee Pain

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Older people with a weight problem can relieve knee pain from osteoarthritis if they lose just 10 percent of their body weight through diet and exercise, a new study finds. Overweight and obese people 55 or older who partici

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  6. Copper Bracelets 'Don't Help Rheumatoid Arthritis'

    Sept. 18, 2013 -- Copper bracelets and magnetic wrist straps have no real effect on pain and swelling in rheumatoid arthritis, a new study finds. They also seem to have no effect in preventing the disease from getting worse. The practice of wearing copper bracelets to help RA has been popular since

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  7. Broccoli Could Help Fight Arthritis

    Aug. 28, 2013 -- A compound found in broccoli could help prevent or slow the progress of the most common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a joint disease caused by the breakdown of cartilage and bone in joints. It most often affects the hands, feet, spine, hips, and knees. The main symptoms are

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  8. Calcium Plus Vitamin D Won't Cure Joint Pain: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Older women seeking a cure for swollen, painful joints likely will find that taking calcium and vitamin D supplements won't reduce the severity of their condition, a new study reveals. Researchers analyzed data from more than 1,

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  9. Shoe Inserts Don't Help Arthritic Knee Pain: Study

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Lateral wedge shoe inserts don't appear to relieve pain in patients suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee, a new study finds. These inexpensive plastic inserts (or insoles) are designed to shift body weight from the insid

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  10. RA Increases Potential for Blood Clots: Study

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Rheumatoid arthritis increases the risk of developing potentially fatal blood clots in the legs and lungs, according to new research from Taiwan. People with this inflammatory form of arthritis are more than three times as li

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