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Rheumatoid Arthritis, Smoking, and Alcohol

(ĐTĐ) – The potential risks smoking and drinking pose to people with rheumatoid arthritis. 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 […]

Rheumatoid Arthritis Imaging

Rheumatoid arthritis is a connective tissue disorder of unknown etiology that can affect any synovial joint in the body. It is a bilaterally symmetric inflammatory degenerative disease that involves the following joints in order of decreasing frequency: : Small joints of the hands and feet, with the exception of the distal interphalangeal joints Knees Hips […]

10 Serious RA Symptoms to Never Ignore

(ĐTĐ) – Painful, swollen joints are a hallmark of rheumatoid arthritis. But for people with RA, it's not the only thing to watch out for.   A result of the body’s immune system attacking its own tissues, rheumatoid arthritis requires more than just managing the pain. Other symptoms that might even seem unrelated to the […]

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Avoiding 6 Common Mistakes

(ĐTĐ) – Most people with rheumatoid arthritis can live full, active lives despite their disease. But living a good life with RA often means you need to work at managing your disease and get the help you need. Take care to avoid these six common mistakes.   RA Mistake 1: Not Seeing a Rheumatologist If […]

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Best and Worst Supplements and Herbs

(ĐTĐ) – At 35, Chicago flight attendant Michele Mason says her bones felt like “pins and needles” were in them, and her hands were so swollen that she found it difficult to put on her infant son’s socks. Her knees ached, too. “I couldn’t even get out of the bathtub by myself,” she says.   […]

Rheumatoid arthritis: Lower Stress, Lower Pain

(ĐTĐ) – Hilary Wilson of Duluth, Ga., now 60, was officially diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis or RA in 1987, but she is pretty sure she had the inflammatory arthritis long before that.   RA is a chronic disease, marked by inflammation of the lining of the joints. It can lead to chronic joint pain, loss […]

Life Stages With Rheumatoid Arthritis

(ĐTĐ) – How much can what you eat help – or hurt – your rheumatoid arthritis (RA)? For decades, researchers have looked into whether there is a link between food and RA. For almost as long, various diets and supplements have claimed to relieve swollen joints and morning stiffness — or even falsely ”cure” RA […]

Eating to Keep Your Heart Healthy With RA

(ĐTĐ) – If you consider heart disease a man’s disease, it’s time to reconsider — especially if you have rheumatoid arthritis. Post-menopausal women have a rate of heart disease two to three times higher than younger women. For women with inflammatory diseases like RA, the risk is even greater, making a heart-healthy lifestyle – including […]

5 Things to Know About Rheumatoid Arthritis

(ĐTĐ) – Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is perhaps the most common inflammatory arthritis in the world, says Gary S. Firestein, MD, professor of medicine, dean and associate vice chancellor of translational medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. In the United States, an estimated 1.3 million people have the disease, and it […]