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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 […]

Heart Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis

(ĐTĐ) – According to the American College of Rheumatology, rheumatoid arthritis almost doubles the risk of having a heart attack within the first 10 years of getting an RA diagnosis. The good news is that a heart-healthy lifestyle and certain medications may help protect the heart.   What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is […]

Rheumatoid Arthritis: 8 Top Myths

(ĐTĐ) – Rheumatoid arthritis affects about 1% of the population worldwide, but still misunderstanding swirls around this common and severe joint condition.   “There are so many misconceptions out there about rheumatoid arthritis,” says Paul Kremer, MD, a rheumatologist and professor of medicine at Albany Medical College in New York. “Arthritis is common, and rheumatoid […]

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 […]

The Rheumatoid Arthritis Gender Gap: How RA Differs in Women

(ĐTĐ) – Some things in life seem to be more gender-specific to women: scrapbooking, stretch marks, book groups, addiction to Desperate Housewives. Unfortunately, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is also one of them.   Anyone can get RA, but from the number of people who get rheumatoid arthritis to how it affects them, the disease can be […]

Poor Sleep May Worsen RA Symptoms

(ĐTĐ) – 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 sleep quality and functional disability in 162 patients with rheumatoid arthritis. […]