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    1. Combination Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis

      Rheumatoid arthritis is no longer as disabling a condition as it was in the past, thanks in large part to combination therapy - taking more than one RA medicine at a time. Doing so can lessen symptoms such as joint pain and slow joint damage. That can make a big difference in quality of life. "You s

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    2. Ask the Expert: I Have RA and My Husband Won't Help

      In every issue of WebMD the Magazine, we ask our experts to answer readers' questions about a wide range of topics. In our May 2011 issue, a reader with rheumatoid arthritis asked WebMD's rheumatology expert, Scott Zashin, MD, why her husband doesn't help her more. A: It is not at all unusual for ma

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    3. RA and Your Diet: Can Foods Reduce Inflammation?

      Can your diet help ease rheumatoid arthritis symptoms? The research is mixed, but this much is true: RA pain and stiffness is caused by inflammation, and some foods have an anti-inflammatory effect in the body. While changing your diet won’t eliminate your RA symptoms completely, learning which food

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    4. Biologics for RA: Costs and Insurance

      Biologic drugs for rheumatoid arthritis work for 2 out of 3 people who take them for RA. These genetically engineered drugs often slow or halt the progression of joint damage, and they may even push RA into remission. But the drugs are expensive; they cost about $1,000 to $3,000 a month. Even with h

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    5. WebMD 5: Rheumatoid Arthritis

      Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is perhaps the most common inflammatory arthritis in the world, says Gary S. Firestein, MD, professor of medicine, dean and associate vice chancellor of translational medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. In the United States, an estimated

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    6. Young Adults Living With RA

      Last winter, after spending a few afternoons shoveling snow, Heather Miceli, 27, woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t get out of bed. “My joints had swelled up so much that I couldn’t move without crying,” she says. Two months later, the college professor at Johnson and Wales University i

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    7. Treating RA: Is It Time for a Biologic?

      Since they were first introduced in 1998, biologic response modifiers -- or biologics -- have made a huge difference in the lives of people with rheumatoid arthritis. These powerful drugs don't just treat the symptoms of RA. Biologics for rheumatoid arthritis can target the underlying cause, relievi

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    8. Biologics for RA: Understanding Risks and Benefits

      Medications called biologic response modifiers have given new hope to people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and the doctors who treat them. Until the late ’90s, people with RA looked at a future of pain, lost function, and eventual disability. Biologics have changed that outlook. Many people now liv

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    9. Raising a Baby When You Have RA

      Amy Louise Nelson, 34, relied on her Boppy support pillow while nursing her two children. While many new moms find comfort with this fluffy U-shaped pillow when breastfeeding, Nelson physically depended on hers to take the strain off her arms. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in 1998, this m

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    10. RA and Exercise: Getting Fit at Home and With Your Family

      When Melinda Winner was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), she was overwhelmed by depression. “I laid around the house eating,” says Winner, now the author of A Complete Guide to Living with Arthritis . “The more I laid, the more depressed I became, and the bigger I became, and with the weigh

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