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6 Sneaky Triggers of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Experts don’t know exactly why so many of us suffer from this autoimmune disorder, but they do know how you can minimize its effects.

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8 Sneaky Signs You May Have Rheumatoid Arthritis

Early diagnosis is key to staying active and independent. Watch for these red flags.

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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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Can the Flu Make My RA Symptoms Worse?

When you have rheumatoid arthritis, getting a cold or the flu can add stress to your immune system and make your symptoms worse.

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8 RA Flare Triggers You Should Avoid

Rheumatoid arthritis flares can happen at any time. Avoid these common triggers to take control of your RA and keep flares at bay.

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When Other Conditions Accompany Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis often occurs alongside other conditions. Health writer Stephanie Stephens interviews medical experts and highlights what we need to know.

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Study: Psoriatic Arthritis Improves in Pregnancy

Researchers in Norway found that 75 percent of women experienced low psoriatic arthritis activity during pregnancy.

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Let’s Get Our Gout Facts Straight

A gout expert from the Cleveland Clinic answers all of your burning questions about gout (no pun intended) — like why it affects more men than women, and which foods to avoid.

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5 Ways to Prevent Falls With Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis can affect balance and lead to falls, which lead to other health complications. Here are five practical ways to minimize your risk of falling.

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Is Autoimmune Disease Triggering Your Hives?

Up to 40 percent of people with chronic hives also have autoimmune issues like thyroid disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and celiac. Are you one of them?