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Latest by Lene Andersen, MSW

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Risk Factors

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.

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Relationships

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.

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Profile

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.

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Living With

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.

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Complications

The Secret to RA May Be in Your Mouth

Learn more about how your oral health may trigger rheumatoid arthritis, and how RA can affect your teeth.

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Living With

Depression and Chronic Illness: A Real Discussion

A HealthCentral contributor’s experience with depression due to living with multiple sclerosis. How she deals, and how you can, too.

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Living With

Exercise With Severe RA: Making Tea Counts

Sometimes getting out of bed with severe rheumatoid arthritis can be exercise enough - so don’t be so hard on yourself.

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How To Deal With Unsolicited RA Advice

Living with RA is like being pregnant: Other people will always have an opinion about how you live your life with your condition.

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Second Opinion

Not All Rheumatoid Arthritis Is the Same

Just because you can walk, run, or have children with rheumatoid arthritis, doesn’t mean your experience isn't valid. Everyone with RA deserves support.

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Diagnosis

13 Things RA Newbies Should Know

Being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis can be overwhelming. Read these 13 tips for RA newbies to help you understand what happens next.