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Too Many Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Inactive, Study Finds

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THURSDAY, Jan. 26 (HealthDay News) -- More than 40 percent of rheumatoid arthritis patients live a sedentary life, a new study finds.

It used to be thought that medication and rest was the best treatment, but now experts believe physical activity is important to keep joints flexible, improve balance and strength and reduce pain, the researchers noted.

"Our results suggest that public health initiatives need to address the lack of motivation to exercise and to promote the benefits of physical...

THURSDAY, Jan. 26 (HealthDay News) -- More than 40 percent of rheumatoid arthritis patients live a sedentary life, a new study finds.

It used to be thought that medication and rest was the best treatment, but now experts believe physical...

Mindfulness Training May Help Arthritis Patients Cope

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TUESDAY, Dec. 20 (HealthDay News) -- A small study finds that mindfulness training, which teaches people to push away troublesome thoughts, helped improve well-being in people with rheumatoid arthritis and similar diseases.

Patients in Norway who received the training didn't have less pain compared to those who didn't receive the training, but researchers found they coped better, were less tired and showed less stress.

"Yes, they still have pain, but they are able to manage their pain in...

NIAMS Scientists Find Potential New Target for Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

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December 2011

A new study supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) has identified a potential way to halt the cartilage destruction that occurs with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) without suppressing the immune system, as current therapies do. The work was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA.

The technique involves blocking a molecule called cadherin-11 (cad-11) found on cells of the synovium, the membrane...

Health Tip: Rheumatoid Arthritis Can Damage Joints

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Here are some typical symptoms to watch for (*this news item will not be available after 02/20/2012)

By Diana Kohnle Tuesday, November 22, 2011

(HealthDay News) -- Rheumatoid arthritis causes chronic swelling and inflammation in the joints, which can result in permanent damage and long-term complications.

The Cleveland Clinic cites these possible symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis:Joints that are swollen, painful, red and tender to the touch.Worn cartilage -- the cushions at the ends...

Studies Suggest Link Between Smog, Joint Disease

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More rheumatoid arthritis in those exposed to certain air pollutants, researchers say

SATURDAY, Nov. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to certain types of air pollution is associated with an increased risk for the painful joint disease known as rheumatoid arthritis, new research suggests.

This link is strongest for sulfur dioxide, one of the six most common air pollutants in the United States, according to the findings from two studies scheduled to be presented Wednesday at the American...