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  1. RA and Your Overall Health

    When people think of arthritis, they think of achy wrists and knees. But rheumatoid arthritis can be much more than that. "RA goes way beyond the joints," says M. Elaine Husni, MD, MPH, director of the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Center at the Cleveland Clinic. The inflammation of RA can affect yo

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  2. Complementary Treatments for RA: Acupuncture to Yoga

    Looking for new ways to soothe your stiff joints and other rheumatoid arthritis symptoms? Therapies like acupuncture, massage, or tai chi could help. About two out of three people with RA try these kinds of treatments, known as complementary therapies. Complementary therapies may help ease your pain

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  3. Traveling Pain-Free With RA

    Traveling with rheumatoid arthritis is a little more complicated, but it doesn't have to be less fun. "There's no reason you can't travel just because you have RA," says Victoria Ruffing, RN, program manager at the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center in Baltimore. "You just need to take some extra precau

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  4. Tips to Fend Off 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. You may not be able to get rid of RA fatigue entirely. But you can prevent or lessen it and have more energy to enjoy life. Here's how. Rest is key to ma

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  5. Could a Few Beers a Week Cut a Woman's RA Risk?

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Having a beer a few times a week might help women avoid painful rheumatoid arthritis, a new study suggests. The disease, which affects women more than men, is a form of arthritis linked to immune system dysfunction. Acc

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  6. Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Kidneys

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with rheumatoid arthritis may be at increased risk for kidney disease and require close monitoring, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at 813 people with rheumatoid arthritis and an equal number of people wit

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  7. RA and Pregnancy: The Facts About Conceiving

    If you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and are thinking about starting a family, you probably have lots of questions and concerns. Will your RA affect your chances of getting pregnant? Are your medications safe during pregnancy? What if you decide to stop taking them? Will your RA flare? These are al

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  8. Shoulder Replacement May Help for Severe RA

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although hip and knee replacements are common, a similar surgery to replace diseased shoulder joints also appears worthwhile for rheumatoid arthritis patients whose severe shoulder pain and stiffness can't be eased by

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  9. Breastfeeding Might Reduce Moms' Odds of RA

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who breast-feed may have a lower risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis later in life, new research suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 7,300 women, aged 50 and older, in China who completed questionn

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  10. RA Patients See Big Boost in Quality of Life

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 3, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Rheumatoid arthritis patients can generally look forward to a much better quality of life today than they did 20 years ago, new research suggests. The observation is based on a comparative multi-year tracking of more than 1,1

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