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Latest by Lene Andersen, MSW

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Autoimmune Diseases

How a Dietitian Can Help with RA

Learn how adding a dietitian to your health care team can help you be the healthiest version of yourself.

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Vaccines

What You Need to Know Before Getting Vaccinated

When you have RA, you have approximately double the risk of infection compared to the general population because of your suppressed immune system. But before you get vaccinated to protect yourself, this is what you need to know.

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Alternative Treatment

Why a Massage Might Help Your RA

Some people with rheumatoid arthritis think a massage will make their condition worse, but a good massage can actually reduce pain and improve joint function.

Man playing with his son could trigger a rheumatoid arthritis flare.
Risk Factors

8 RA Flare Triggers You Should Avoid

Rheumatoid arthritis flares can happen at any time. Avoid these common triggers to take control of your RA and keep flares at bay.

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Living With

Take Control of RA One Small Step At A Time

Have you been putting off trying a new treatment or starting a rheumatoid arthritis-friendly diet? Try making one of these 12 small changes each month.

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Acupuncture

Can Acupuncture Help Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Learn how this traditional Chinese medicine might help your modern-day RA by reducing pain and inflammation.

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Living With

Mental Health and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Coping with a chronic illness, like RA, can take an emotional toll. You don’t have to go it alone. Here’s how a mental health professional can help.

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Living With

What Others Don’t See When You Have RA

Some of the most challenging symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis can be hard for the people around you to see. Here's how RA can be an invisible illness.

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Treatment

What are DMARDs and How Do They Help RA?

DMARD drugs can help slow down rheumatoid arthritis, and in ideal cases, even bring about remission. Here's how they work.

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Living With

Remission With RA: Is it Possible?

A rheumatology expert describes what remission really means for a person living with rheumatoid arthritis and how likely you are to achieve it.