Latest by Lene Andersen, MSW

What You Need to Know About RA and Pregnancy

Can you take your medication while pregnant? Will you pass RA to your baby? Will your condition get worse during pregnancy? Read on to learn the answers.

Learning Self-Defense With Chronic Pain

Living with a chronic illness can make it hard to resist an attack. So how can you learn self-defense in a way that fits your needs? Follow these tips.

10 Tips for Traveling with RA Medication

It can be a challenge to travel with rheumatoid arthritis medications. Follow these tips for packing and prepping your RA medications on your next trip.

5 RA Questions With Actress Julie Chayko

Learn how she pushes through her rheumatoid arthritis to continue dancing, acting, and performing on stage in front of a live audience.

Don't Judge Me Because I Have RA

Words can hurt when the people around you don't understand what it's like to have rheumatoid arthritis. Here's how to cope with judgement and bullying.

Are You at Risk for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Genetics, gender and age, and environmental factors can all contribute to your risk of developing RA. While there isn’t a surefire way to predict if you’ll get RA, this new blood test might give you some insight.

Dating Sites for People With Chronic Illness

Living with a chronic illness and looking for love? Check out these sites that were made just for you — plus some advice on how to navigate them.

Let Patients Help: Q&A With "e-Patient Dave"

HealthCentral talks to "e-Patient Dave," an advocate who empowers people with medical conditions to become active in their healthcare.

Environmental and Geographic Influences on RA

New studies show that where you live and the environment in which you live - such as highly polluted areas - can be the reason why you have RA.

What Causes Rheumatoid Arthritis?

The exact cause of RA remains unknown, but research has provided clues about what may trigger this chronic illness. Here's what you should know.