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  1. 5 Steps to Make Physical Therapy Work for Your RA

    Doing physical therapy exercises can help your RA by making you stronger and more flexible. That can help you feel better. "When you get up and move, you'll actually have less pain and more energy," says Brett Cook, a physical therapist at Independence Rehab in Sandy, Utah. Cook knows what he's talk

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  2. Combination Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Rheumatoid arthritis is no longer as disabling a condition as it was in the past, thanks in large part to combination therapy – taking more than one RA medicine at a time. Doing so can lessen symptoms such as joint pain and slow joint damage. That can make a big difference in quality of life.   "You

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  3. Rheumatoid Arthritis: Treatments

    Controlling inflammation is key to controlling rheumatoid arthritis (RA). “Inflammation is at the root of all problems in RA, including most of the joint pain and all of the swelling and stiffness,” says rheumatologist Douglas Conaway, MD, of Carolina Health Specialists in Myrtle Beach, S.C. “Above

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  4. Newer RA Drugs Don't Seem to Raise Shingles Risk

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 5 (HealthDay News) -- The newest medications used to treat autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis don't appear to raise the risk of developing shingles, new research indicates. There has been concern that these medications, called anti-tum

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  5. Sunshine Linked to Lower Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Older women who've had regular exposure to sunlight may be less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis, new findings indicate. This beneficial effect -- which is believed to be due to ultraviolet B (UV-B) in sunlight -- was only

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  6. New Arthritis Drug Xeljanz Gets FDA Approval

    Nov. 6, 2012 -- The FDA has approved Pfizer's Xeljanz (tofacitinib), a first-of-its-kind treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Xeljanz is approved for use by patients not helped by methotrexate, the usual first treatment for RA. It's a pill taken twice a day. Xeljanz is a type of drug called a Janus k

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  7. How Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects Pregnancy With Twins

    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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  8. Pill Instead of a Needle May Soon Be Option for RA

    Aug. 8, 2012 -- A new pill may soon offer people with rheumatoid arthritis an alternative to the injections and intravenous infusions that many rely on to treat their disease. The drug, tofacitinib, is a twice-daily pill that works by turning down the body's immune attack on its own joints and organ

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  9. Gum Disease More Common in People With RA

    Aug. 8, 2012 -- People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may be up to four times more likely to have gum disease than people without this autoimmune disease. What's more, gum disease is often more severe in people with RA, a new study suggests. The findings, which appear in the Annals of Rheumatic Dise

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  10. Newer RA Drugs May Reduce Heart Risk

    June 8, 2012 -- Rheumatoid arthritis patients who take medications known as anti-TNFs may be treating more than their disease. According to new research presented at a European meeting, these patients may be less likely to have a heart attack and are more likely to live longer than those with RA who

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