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    1. 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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    2. 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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    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. 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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    5. Why Does My Doctor Call RA an Autoimmune Disease?

      When your doctor tells you that you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), he may also say it's an autoimmune disease. You might not think it has anything in common with conditions like type 1 diabetes or multiple sclerosis. But it does. They all result when something misfires in your immune system. Instea

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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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