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    1. Arthritis Patients More Likely to Be Obese

      April 28, 2011 -- Adults with arthritis are more likely than those without arthritis to be obese, according to a new government study. ''The frequency of obesity is 54% higher among people with arthritis compared to those without,'' says Jennifer Hootman, PhD, an epidemiologist with the CDC. She is

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    2. Shorter Hospital Stay After Hip Replacement Surgery

      April 19, 2011 -- The average length of a hospital stay for hip replacement surgery has decreased significantly in recent years, new research indicates. But the rate of readmissions for complications or referrals to skilled care facilities has increased. Researchers say the two findings are not like

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    3. Poor Sleep May Worsen RA Symptoms

      Feb. 16, 2011 -- People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who don’t sleep well face significant risks of greater functional disability due to pain and fatigue symptoms associated with poor sleep quality, a new study shows. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh studied the relationship between sle

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    4. Obesity, Knee Osteoarthritis Hurt Seniors’ Life Expectancy

      Feb. 14, 2011 -- Obesity and osteoarthritis of the knee substantially affect the quality of life and life expectancy for millions of older Americans, according to a new study. Researchers say obesity and osteoarthritis often overlap in older adults, with increasing body weight putting stress on agin

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    5. Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs Are Underused

      Feb. 1, 2011 -- Widely available drugs that are recommended early in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis are not being prescribed nearly as much as they could be. That’s the conclusion of a new study that says effective medicines called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are not being

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    6. Depression Lurks for Low-Income RA Patients

      Jan. 28, 2011 -- Rheumatoid arthritis patients from lower socioeconomic groups are more likely to develop symptoms of depression than people who have higher incomes and better access to health care services, a new study indicates. Researchers at the University of California in San Francisco examined

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    7. 1 in 12 Women Will Have Autoimmune Disease

      Jan. 11, 2011 -- One in 12 women and one in 20 men in the U.S. will develop some sort of autoimmune disease in their lifetime, according to new estimates. Inflammatory autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), are relatively common conditions, especially among adults aged 50 and older.

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    8. Arthritis Doctors Too Often Opt for Drugs, Surgery

      Jan. 7, 2011 -- Many doctors who treat people with osteoarthritis are prescribing medications or choosing surgical options instead of recommending more conservative treatments such as weight loss and exercise programs. That’s the main conclusion of a new analysis published in the January 2011 issue

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    9. Smoking May Interfere With RA Treatment

      Jan 5, 2011 -- People with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who smoke are less likely to respond to treatment with two of the most commonly used medications -- an older disease modifying antirheumatic drug called methotrexate and biologic drugs known as TNF blockers, according to a new study in Janua

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    10. Smoking Raises Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk

      Dec. 13, 2010 -- Add severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to the list of diseases linked to cigarette smoking. Findings from a study, which appear in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases , suggest that smoking accounts for more than a third of cases of the most common form of RA and for more than 50% of

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