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Latest by Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

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Risk Factors

For the First Time, Study Shows That Behavior Can Lower Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk

Thanks to a study published in Arthritis Care and Research, we know that sustained smoking cessation can reduce the risk of developing RA.

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Symptoms

Think You Know All the Symptoms of MS?

Find out whether you’re experiencing any of the less common signs of multiple sclerosis and who can help you manage them.

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Living With

10 Ways to Keep (or Improve) Your Balance With MS

Maintaining balance is tough for those of us with MS. These techniques can help prevent falls.

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Nutrition

10 Smoothies to Reduce Your Crohn's Disease Risk

A review of 19 studies reported a decreased risk of Crohn’s disease in people who ate more fruits and veggies and got more fiber. Here are some tasty smoothie recipes to help you meet your nutrition goals and reduce your Crohn's risk.

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Diagnosis

9 Reasons Why a Diagnosis Can Take So Long

Early diagnosis is critical for psoriatic arthritis. Unfortunately, diagnosing psoriatic arthritis can take a long time and may lead to feelings of frustration.

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Living With

When You’re Struggling To Get Your Zzzs With PsA

Writer Tracy Davenport shares the strategies she’s used to get a better night’s sleep with psoriatic arthritis.

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Living With

How’s Your Health With PsA? Look Beyond the Scale

While the number on the scale is a key indicator of health, writer Tracy Davenport discusses other metrics you should consider that carry more weight for your long-term health with psoriatic arthritis.

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Self Care

10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Feel Guilty Putting Yourself First

Did you know self care is one of the best ways you can keep depression, inflammation, resentment, and other psoriatic disease complications at bay?

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Relationships

UC and Your Family: How to Set Boundaries

Family: You can't live with 'em, you can't live without 'em. While your family can be your main support system when you have a chronic illness like ulcerative colitis, sometimes they can harm your wellness efforts. Here's how to deal.

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Living With

10 Tips to Manage the Winter Blues

We know that winter can impact psoriasis. Beyond psoriasis symptoms, we can also have a feeling of sadness is known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD).