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10 Surprising Ways RA Can Affect Your Eyes—And How to Treat...

Rheumatoid arthritis is a form of arthritis, so that means joints, right? Yes…but also: RA is an autoimmune disorder that “affects multiple body areas and organ systems, including the eyes,” says Rajat Bhatt, M.D., community rheumatologist...

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Does Humidity Make Your Joints Hurt? Here’s Why, and What to...

Some people want to get away from brutal winters; for others, high humidity is the enemy. Here’s what science and arthritis patients themselves say about how weather may impact disease. Elisabetta Mercuri knows when it’s going to rain....

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Gut–Pain Connection Reaffirmed by Microbiome Differences in Fibromyalgia Patients and Controls

People with fibromyalgia have different microbiomes from controls, according to a recent study. “The abundance of some of these bacterial species correlates with the severity of fibromyalgia symptoms—pain, fatigue, cognitive symptoms and...

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Can Moving to a Different State Treat Your Arthritis?

Some people want to get away from brutal winters; for others, high humidity is the enemy. Here’s what science and arthritis patients themselves say about how weather may impact disease. You’ve heard the old saying about how people with...

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What You Need to Know About Gout Treatments

Gout has a name-recognition problem. Even though its prevalence is increasing dramatically in the US, many physicians don’t recognize how serious the condition can be, says N. Lawrence Edwards, MD, a rheumatologist with University of...

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9 Common Questions About Taking NSAIDs for Arthritis

Just because some kinds of NSAIDs are available over the counter doesn’t mean they don’t have important side effects to be aware of. Whether you have osteoarthritis (OA) or inflammatory arthritis, there’s a good chance that your doctor will...

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