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  1. Many RA Patients May Skip Meds: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many patients with severe rheumatoid arthritis don't take their expensive medications as prescribed, a new British study finds. Failure to take the drugs correctly reduces their effectiveness and may lead to a worsening

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  2. 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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  3. How RA Affects Your Overall Health

    When most people think of arthritis, they think of achy wrists and knees. But rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is another story. "RA goes way beyond the joints," says M. Elaine Husni, MD, MPH, director of the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Treatment Center at the Cleveland Clinic. The inflammation that's pa

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  4. RA Medicines: Finding What You Need

    Living with rheumatoid arthritis usually means taking medication.  "Treatments are working better than we could have imagined 15 years ago," says Clifton O. "Bing" Bingham, MD, director of the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center in Baltimore. Thanks to aggressive treatment, symptoms like painful, swollen

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  5. How Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects Pregnancy

    If you're pregnant or planning to be, you may wonder how having rheumatoid arthritis (RA) could affect your pregnancy. Here's some good news: Many women with RA find that their symptoms go into remission during pregnancy. What’s more, RA doesn't seem to affect your chances of getting or staying preg

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  6. Complementary Treatments for RA: Acupuncture to Yoga

    Looking for new ways to soothe your stiff joints and other rheumatoid arthritis symptoms? Things like acupuncture, massage, or tai chi could help. About 2 out of 3 people with RA try these kinds of treatments, known as complementary therapies. They may ease your pain, relax you, and improve your lif

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  7. 8 Affordable Aids for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Need a little help sometimes? Maybe you could use a hand when you get out of a chair, cook a meal, or write out a shopping list. You can make life with rheumatoid arthritis easier with a few gadgets that are easy on your wallet. "People say that they don't want to use an assistive device because the

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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