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Latest by Lene Andersen, MSW

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Vectra DA: A New RA Blood Test

The Vectra DA test is designed to measure how effective your rheumatoid arthritis medications are. Here’s how it works.

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Living With

12 Books About Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Figuring out how to live well with rheumatoid arthritis can feel isolating. These 12 authors have been in your shoes and their books are incredibly helpful.

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Living With

Do You Have Painsomnia From RA?

When rheumatoid arthritis pain hits, it can wreak havoc on your sleep, causing a condition called painsomnia. Learn how these advocates are helping.

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Medication

New Tool Compares Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs

How do you decide which rheumatoid arthritis medication is right for you? A new tool can help you and your doctor compare your options.

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Stop Pretending That You’re Fine With RA

We all do it — pretend that everything is OK when really, it isn’t. Here's how to be yourself with rheumatoid arthritis, even if it means showing your pain.

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Medicare

How to Navigate Medicare With RA

How can you know which Medicare plan you'll need for rheumatoid arthritis? We break it all down to help you determine which is right for you.

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Treatment

Why Isn't Your RA in Remission Yet?

People with rheumatoid arthritis should be doing better by now. There are more new treatments than ever, so why isn’t everyone in remission yet? Here's why.

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Why You Need to Protect Your Kidneys With RA

People with rheumatoid arthritis have a higher risk of developing kidney disease. Here are the symptoms to watch for and what you can do about them.

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Treatment

How to Get the Best RA Treatment

A new treatment style called treat-to-target tailors your rheumatoid arthritis care plan to your symptoms. Here's how it works.

Woman asking her doctor about seronagative rheumatoid arthritis.
Living With

What Is Seronegative Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Seronegative rheumatoid arthritis can make it difficult to diagnose your condition. Hear from people who have seronegative RA, and learn how they deal with it.