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Latest by Lene Andersen, MSW

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Travel

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.

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Profile

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.

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Complications

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.

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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.