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Latest by Lene Andersen, MSW

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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.

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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.