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Lupus Is Killing More Young Women Than Reported

Lupus has been identified as a leading cause of death in young women. Among women aged 15 to 24, it is the leading chronic inflammatory disease, ranking higher than diabetes, chronic lower respiratory disease, and liver disease. We talk to an expert and patient about how to beat the statistics.

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Can You Have Both Graves' AND Hashimoto's?

This is a common question about two separate yet similar autoimmune thyroid diseases. The truth is: You can have both, and at the same time.

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Methotrexate for RA: What You Should Know

Methotrexate is the gold standard treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Here's everything you should know about this chemotherapy before you start taking it.

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Can Gene Therapy Work for RA?

Gene therapy may be on the horizon for rheumatoid arthritis patients. Learn how it could help eliminate pain in specific areas of your joints.

Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-FL, and Candace Lerman on Capitol Hill.

How to Become a Health Advocate

Candace H. Lerman lives with a rare disease. She's also a driven patient advocate on Capitol Hill. Learn how she does it.

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11 Complications of Ankylosing Spondylitis

Because AS is progressive and systemic, it can impact many different parts of the body. These are the potential complications you should know about.

Doctor examining woman with RA.

Is Your Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Working?

Are your rheumatoid arthritis symptoms responding to your treatment plan? Use our assessment to find out whether your RA treatment plan may need adjustments to improve your everyday life.

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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.

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The Thyroid and Immune Benefits of Probiotics

If you’re going to go the highly recommended probiotic route, these are the ones you should be taking for your thyroid.

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A Guy's Perspective on Zumba for RA

A man with rheumatoid arthritis tries his wife's Zumba class. The good: constant movement with no joint pain. The bad: confusion, and...twerking?