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The Birth Control Pill Might Help Rheumatoid Arthritis

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay 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 using oral contraceptives or who had …

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Blood Test May Predict Rheumatoid Arthritis

(Getty Images) By Denise Mann THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 2010 (Health.com) — A simple blood test may allow doctors to identify a debilitating form of arthritis years before any symptoms appear, which may help to stop the disease in its tracks, new research suggests. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which affects an estimated …

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CDC: Achy Joints on the Rise in U.S.

Getty Images By Ray Hainer THURSDAY, October 7 (Health.com) — More than 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. have arthritis or other joint-damaging conditions, and the ongoing obesity epidemic may be partly to blame, according to a report issued today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). …

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Soda and OJ May Increase Risk of Gout

Getty Images By Amanda Gardner WEDNESDAY, November 10 (Health.com) — Drinking too much soda, orange juice, or other sugary drinks appears to increase the risk of developing gout, an especially painful form of arthritis, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Women who consumed …

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Arthritis Impacts Physical, Mental Health

Getty Images By Amanda Gardner THURSDAY, April 28, 2011 (Health.com) — Arthritis can limit mobility and make everyday tasks painful, and it can also take a toll on your mental health and overall quality of life, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from several national health surveys conducted by …

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Does Smoking Help Protect the Joints?

Getty Images By Ella Quittner FRIDAY, July 8, 2011 (Health.com) — Smoking will increase your risk of cancer, emphysema, heart disease, stroke, and dying young, but if you manage to dodge all those bullets, it may actually reduce your need for joint-replacement surgery later in life. Curious as it may …

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I Had Arthritis—For an Hour

Products carrying the Arthritis Foundation’s Ease-of-Use Commendation logo, like these Fiskars Titanium Easy Action Scissors, are easier to use for people living with arthritis.Health.comTwisting off the top of a bottle of aspirin. Using scissors. Gripping a pen. These are the little tasks that most of us take for granted because …

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