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News and Features Related to Rheumatoid Arthritis

  1. Gene Discoveries Could Help RA Treatment

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Genetic variations may hold clues to rheumatoid arthritis -- suggesting not only who will develop the painful condition, but also predicting its severity and even who might die from it, a new study says. "Genetic facto

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  2. 5 Things People With RA Want You to Know

    Rheumatoid arthritis is often called a “silent disease.” Why? Unlike many other illnesses, you can’t always tell when a person with RA is feeling their worst. That’s just one of the things people with the condition want you to know, whether you’re newly diagnosed with RA or someone close to you has

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  3. Autoimmune Diseases and RA

    You might be surprised by some of RA's "cousins," like type 1 diabetes, Graves’ disease, and multiple sclerosis. They all have roots in the same family tree -- problems with the immune system. Or, as your doctor may say, they’re "autoimmune diseases." These happen when your body's defense system goe

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  4. How Physical Therapy Helps RA

    You can make your day-to-day life with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) easier by going to physical therapy. It helps you move better, get stronger, and may even mean less pain. To get started, ask your rheumatologist for a referral. She may have a physical therapist that she often works with. You can also

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  5. RA Treatments: What Are Your Options?

    When you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), your body’s immune system attacks your joints and organs. Not only could it cause serious joint damage, it might also raise your risk of other problems like heart disease. That’s why it’s important to diagnose your RA early so you can begin treatment as soon

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  6. Certain Infections Linked to Reduced RA Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with recent gut, urinary tract or genital infections may be less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis, new research says. The findings are "particularly interesting" in light of recent research suggesting that di

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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