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Study Identifies Potential Early Warning Signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Subtle signs of rheumatoid arthritis may appear up to two years before this chronic disease is diagnosed, according to a study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Rheumatology Group Backs Biosimilars

Biosimilars are a safe, effective, and affordable alternative to biologic drugs, according to a report from the American College of Rheumatology.

What You Should Know Before Knee Replacement Surgery

Researchers have pinpointed several factors associated with an increased risk of serious infections after knee replacement. If you're planning to have surgery, here's advice to help reduce your risk.

Musculoskeletal Pain, Swollen Joints? Don’t Overlook Lupus

Lupus, or systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system mistakenly attacks many parts of the body, including the joints. Results from a recent survey show that the condition is often misdiagnosed and that patients' symptoms are often discounted.

Tai Chi: Worth a Try for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia affects approximately 5 million adults, primarily women, and appears to be more common among people with rheumatoid arthritis and other rheumatic conditions. Widespread muscle pain, fatigue, and the presence of "tender points" are characteristic symptoms. Physical activity improves fibromyalgia symptoms, and a study published last year in BMJ suggests that tai chi is a good…

Treated Clothing Kills Ticks that Spread Lyme Disease

Lyme disease can cause a range of symptoms, including a form of arthritis referred to as Lyme arthritis. A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that an insecticide derived from chrysanthemums can help protect you from ticks that spread the disease.

Opioids: The Wrong Choice for Common Osteoarthritis Pain

Some doctors prescribe opioids for chronic muscle and joint pain associated with hip and knee osteoarthritis, despite a lack of research indicating they offer significant relief. But there's no question that overuse of these addictive drugs has contributed to a crisis of overdoses and deaths. So, are opioids worth the risk?

Learning to Live with Hand Arthritis

If you have arthritis of the hand, even the simplest tasks-such as twisting open a jar or lifting a bag of groceries-can seem nearly impossible as a result of pain, stiffness, and weakness. A bounty of new evidence has led to updated recommendations from the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) on how to manage this chronic…

Hip Osteoarthritis: Nonsurgical Treatments to Consider

Many people with hip osteoarthritis (OA) can relieve pain and improve mobility with nonsurgical therapies, according to guidelines from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

Do All Forms of Obesity Increase the Risk of Knee OA?

Obesity increases the risk for knee osteoarthritis (OA), but does where you carry body fat matter?