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Risk Factors

Avoid Infection While Taking Biologics for RA

Immunosuppressive medications help control rheumatoid arthritis, but they put you at risk of infection. Learn how to boost your immune system while treating RA.

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Preventive Care

How Women Can Stay Healthy With RA

If you're a woman with rheumatoid arthritis, you may be at risk of other chronic conditions. Here's how you can protect your health.

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Chronic Life

Women Are More Likely to Have Chronic Disease

Find out what chronic disease is costing American women — in finances and life — and what we can do to prevent it.

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Relationships

Let’s Talk About Sex With RA Meds

Rheumatoid arthritis medications can have a big impact on your sex life. Fortunately, modifying your treatment can likely help.

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Diagnosis

Important Facts About Diagnosing RA

A rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis is not always straightforward. These are the tests and considerations you may need along your journey.

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Living With

Taking Pride in Your RA Body

If you’re feeling down because rheumatoid arthritis has taken a visible toll on your body, don't let shame overshadow your strength.

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Treatment

Can Antibiotics Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis?

For some people with low RA disease activity, the antibiotic minocycline may help. Here's what you should know about whether it could work for you.

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Medication

Fatty Liver From Methotrexate?

If you're taking methotrexate and battling extra weight, you could be at risk of developing fatty liver disease, which can lead to liver damage.

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Living With

Managing RA After Childbirth

If you live with rheumatoid arthritis, you may wonder how you'll cope with being a parent. Here's what you should know about RA after childbirth.

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Treatment

Methotrexate for RA: What You Should Know

Methotrexate is the gold standard treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Here's everything you should know about this chemotherapy before you start taking it.