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  1. Some RA Drugs May Lower Diabetes Risk

    June 21, 2011 -- Specific drugs used to treat inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriasis may also help protect patients with these conditions from developing type 2 diabetes, a study shows. Use of TNF-inhibitor biologic agents such as Enbrel, Humira, and Remicade, and hydroxy

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  2. New Oral RA Drug Works in Unique Way

    May 26, 2011 -- An experimental drug called tofacitinib may help treat rheumatoid arthritis -- and it's taken as a pill, rather than as an injection or infusion. In London, researchers reported results from a study in which rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients took tofacitnib or a placebo. Tofacitinib

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  3. Poor Sleep May Worsen RA Symptoms

    Feb. 16, 2011 -- People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who don’t sleep well face significant risks of greater functional disability due to pain and fatigue symptoms associated with poor sleep quality, a new study shows. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh studied the relationship between sle

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  4. Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs Are Underused

    Feb. 1, 2011 -- Widely available drugs that are recommended early in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis are not being prescribed nearly as much as they could be. That’s the conclusion of a new study that says effective medicines called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are not being

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  5. Raising a Baby When You Have RA

    Amy Louise Nelson, 34, relied on her Boppy support pillow while nursing her two children. While many new moms find comfort with this fluffy U-shaped pillow when breastfeeding, Nelson physically depended on hers to take the strain off her arms. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in 1998, this m

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  6. RA and Exercise: Getting Fit at Home and With Your Family

    When Melinda Winner was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), she was overwhelmed by depression. “I laid around the house eating,” says Winner, now the author of A Complete Guide to Living with Arthritis. “The more I laid, the more depressed I became, and the bigger I became, and with the weight

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  7. Sex, Aging, and Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Some women with rheumatoid arthritis sail through menopause without a care while others experience a full menu of menopause symptoms: hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, weight gain. Menopause can also increase symptoms of RA, such as joint pain and fatigue. There is actually a slight rise in new di

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  8. Depression Lurks for Low-Income RA Patients

    Jan. 28, 2011 -- Rheumatoid arthritis patients from lower socioeconomic groups are more likely to develop symptoms of depression than people who have higher incomes and better access to health care services, a new study indicates. Researchers at the University of California in San Francisco examined

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  9. RA and Intimacy: Keeping Relationships Strong

    So how's your sex life? With rheumatoid arthritis, that question may make you sigh instead of smile. Fatigue can kill desire. Fear of hip or knee pain can keep you from trying. Or perhaps emotional pain is holding you back -- you just don't feel as connected to your lover as you used to or you don't

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  10. 5 Things RA Can Teach Your Kids

    That doesn't sound right, does it? The last thing rheumatoid arthritis does is help anyone, least of all you as a parent or your kids, right? Some days RA can keep you from doing all the things you’d like to do. It makes it harder to open a jar of baby food, braid hair, or play catch. But moms with

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