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Latest by Lene Andersen, MSW

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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.

4 Surprising Joints Affected by RA

4 Surprising Joints Affected by RA

It’s common knowledge that RA affects joints in the hands, arms and legs. But there are other joints you should know about.

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Pushing Boundaries With Rheumatoid Arthritis

What’s happening in the RA community this month? We’ve got you covered with upcoming articles that are all about pushing your boundaries.

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Autoimmune Diseases

Helpful Hand Exercises for RA

If your hands hurt from rheumatoid arthritis, hand exercises like curling your fingers and doing jazz hands can help keep your hands flexible and strong.