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  1. Rheumatoid Arthritis and Strength Training

    Strength training is good for you. It builds your muscles and helps protect joints that are affected by arthritis. “Strength training is something that I recommend across the board to my RA patients,” says Marvin Smith, DPT. He’s a physical therapist at Oregon Health and Science University in Portla

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  2. Flexibility Exercises and Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Looking to make moving easier and cut back on pain? Flexibility exercises are for you, says April Davis, an occupational therapist at NYU Langone Medical Center. These exercises can ease pain, prevent injury, and improve your balance. They keep your joints healthy and moving. There are two basic typ

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  3. A Blood Test for Fibromyalgia?

    Oct. 28, 2013 -- A new blood test may predict fibromyalgia, a condition that can be hard to diagnose. Research about the new test was presented Sunday at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology in San Diego. EpicGenetics of Santa Monica, Calif., developed the test, called the FM/a

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  4. Treating RA Early May Cut Damaging Effects

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, Oct. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Immediate and effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis reduces the risk that patients will have joint damage and disability within a few years, a new study suggests. The findings show the need for doctors to discourage pat

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  5. Many Lupus Patients Forgo Needed Medication: Study

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY Oct. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Many poorer patients with the autoimmune disease lupus don't take their medications as prescribed, a new U.S. study suggests. Researchers found that lupus patients on Medicaid -- the public health insurance program for the poor --

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  6. Certain RA Drugs May Also Protect Patients' Hearts

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, Oct. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Drugs that people with rheumatoid arthritis use to help ease the symptoms of the disease might also help ward off heart trouble, two new studies find. Researchers in Sweden found that so-called "biologic" drugs, known

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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