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  1. 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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  2. Could Oral Contraceptives Help Ease RA?

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Oral contraceptives -- also known as birth control pills -- may ease pain and improve functioning in women with rheumatoid arthritis, a small German study suggests. "Women with inflammatory arthritis who were currently u

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  3. What Helps You Curb RA Fatigue?

    If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you know what fatigue means. Your friends and family might think you're just tired, but that doesn't come close. Although you may not be able to stop RA fatigue completely, you can lessen it and have more energy to enjoy life. These strategies make a difference. Res

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  4. Talking About RA: Who Will You Tell, and How?

    You may be the one who has rheumatoid arthritis, but it's going to touch a lot of other people in your life -- your partner, your kids, your close friends, and your coworkers. They’ll want to know how to support you. But there’s a problem. "Most people don't have a clue what RA is," says Patience Wh

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  5. How to Get in the Mood When You Have RA

    Sex is a huge part of your relationship. It keeps you connected to your partner, and it can still be a great part of your life, even with rheumatoid arthritis. The trick is to take a little extra care. RA can slow you down. These simple tips can help you get in the mood and make your sex life more f

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  6. Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug May Also Ease Vitiligo

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- It's only been tested in one patient so far, but researchers report that a drug for rheumatoid arthritis may be a promising treatment for the discoloring skin condition known as vitiligo. Vitiligo is characteriz

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  7. Autoimmune Diseases and RA

    It might not seem that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has anything in common with type 1 diabetes or multiple sclerosis. But it does -- they’re all autoimmune diseases. So what does that mean? These conditions happen when your body attacks itself. Normally, your immune system acts like a loyal bodyguard

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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