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    1. Smoking Hikes Early Death Chances for RA Patients

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking increases the chances of early death in people with rheumatoid arthritis, but quitting smoking significantly reduces that risk, a new study suggests. "This research provides important evidence that the risk of earl

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    2. Rheumatoid Arthritis May Shorten Life Span

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Rheumatoid arthritis may raise the risk of early death by as much as 40 percent, with heart and respiratory problems the most common contributors to a shortened life span, a new study suggests. And among those who died of

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    3. Could Oral Contraceptives Help Ease RA?

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Oral contraceptives -- also known as birth control pills -- may ease pain and improve functioning in women with rheumatoid arthritis, a small German study suggests. "Women with inflammatory arthritis who were currently u

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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. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. RA in Moms-to-Be Tied to Premature Births

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women with rheumatoid arthritis are at increased risk for giving birth prematurely, a new study suggests. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic joint inflammation. For the study, rese

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    9. Lower Doses of Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs May Work for Some

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Some people in the early stages of rheumatoid arthritis may be able to safely lower their medication doses once their symptoms are well under control, a new study suggests. In a clinical trial, British researchers found tha

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    10. Salty Foods May Double Smokers' RA Risk

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Consuming too much salt may more than double a smoker's risk of developing the painful inflammatory disease known as rheumatoid arthritis, a new study finds. Researchers in Sweden said the interaction between smok

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