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  1. Certain RA Drugs May Also Protect Patients' Hearts

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, Oct. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Drugs that people with rheumatoid arthritis use to help ease the symptoms of the disease might also help ward off heart trouble, two new studies find. Researchers in Sweden found that so-called "biologic" drugs, known

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  2. Treating RA Early May Cut Damaging Effects

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, Oct. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Immediate and effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis reduces the risk that patients will have joint damage and disability within a few years, a new study suggests. The findings show the need for doctors to discourage pat

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  3. RA Strategy: Treat Early, but With What Medicines?

    Oct. 30, 2013 (San Diego) -- Most experts agree it’s best to treat rheumatoid arthritis early -- and some say aggressively -- as soon as the diagnosis is made. But debate continues about what medications are best to use first, and in what combinations. Some experts think patients should use three me

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  4. When Men Get Rheumatoid Arthritis

    For a few years, Andrew Ellis tried to tough out the pain, which started in his thumb. A boxer and football player in college, Ellis, 58, was used to aches and pains. He’d even broken his thumb once, so he told himself the new pain was from the old break. Then his other thumb began to hurt. Soon, he

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  5. Copper Bracelets 'Don't Help Rheumatoid Arthritis'

    Sept. 18, 2013 -- Copper bracelets and magnetic wrist straps have no real effect on pain and swelling in rheumatoid arthritis, a new study finds. They also seem to have no effect in preventing the disease from getting worse. The practice of wearing copper bracelets to help RA has been popular since

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  6. RA Increases Potential for Blood Clots: Study

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Rheumatoid arthritis increases the risk of developing potentially fatal blood clots in the legs and lungs, according to new research from Taiwan. People with this inflammatory form of arthritis are more than three times as li

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  7. RA Drugs Have Same Impact on Time Lost at Work: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 1 (HealthDay News) -- Treatment with a pricey biological drug was no better than cheaper, conventional therapy in terms of reducing time off from work for people with rheumatoid arthritis, a new study finds. Swedish researchers assessed lost work days

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  8. Why Yoga Can Be Good for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Regular exercise is a must when you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA). "It's important to keep muscles strong to support the joints, and movement is important to reduce stiffness," says Susan J. Bartlett, PhD, an associate professor of medicine at McGill University in Montreal. Yoga can be a fun altern

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  9. Knee Replacement Often Beneficial for RA: Study

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 20 (HealthDay News) -- The common belief that rheumatoid arthritis patients don't benefit from knee replacement surgery as much as those with the more common osteoarthritis has been challenged by the findings from a pair of studies by New York Cit

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  10. RA, Smoking, and Alcohol

    You already know that smoking is bad for you and that it's unhealthy to drink too much alcohol. But do you know how tobacco and alcohol relate to rheumatoid arthritis -- your odds of developing RA, or, if you already have RA, your odds of making it worse? Here's what the research shows. Smoking may

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