Arthritis Self-Management Extra Archive

Welcome to Arthritis Self-Management Extra, your source of breaking news and authoritative information about the more than 100 types of arthritis and arthritis-related conditions. Every other week, we bring you the practical information you need to manage your arthritis and improve your overall health and well-being.

February 10, 2022

Breaking News

Many People Not Getting Recommended RA Drugs

In the past 20 years, powerful drugs have improved the prognosis for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), changing RA from a frequently disabling condition to one that can be managed effectively. A recent study, however, has found that many people are not getting these drugs, many of which are available at a low cost.... Read more »

Feeling Good

Intimacy

The pain, stiffness, fatigue, and lack of mobility that can accompany arthritis may prevent you from relaxing and enjoying the experience of sex, bringing added anxiety into the bedroom — and into your relationship. The situation can be difficult for your partner, too, and can result in a breakdown in communication.... Read more »

Living Well With RA

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Your Heart

A number of studies have shown that people with RA are more likely to develop heart disease and therefore are more likely to die from it. Although the reason for this connection is not well understood, the implication for people with RA is clear: They have to take steps to reduce their risk of heart disease.... Read more »

Featured Recipe

Sweet Roasted Almonds

Rich in heart-healthy unsaturated fats, nuts make a nutritious snack. Next time you need a little something to tide you over between meals, try a handful of these lightly sweetened almonds.... Read more »

Featured Definition

Omega-3 Fatty Acid

A type of fat, found in oily fish and in some plant-based foods, that is thought to have beneficial effects on health. Omega-3 fatty acids may reduce inflammation and lower the risk of heart disease.... Read more »

January 27, 2022

Breaking News

New Osteoporosis Screening Guidelines

Osteoporosis, which makes bones thin and prone to fracture, is a common cause of injury in older people. In an effort to help doctors detect osteoporosis early and take steps to prevent and treat it, the US Preventive Services Task Force has issued new guidelines detailing who should be screened for the condition.... Read more »

TAKING HEALTHY STEPS

Setting Goals for Pain Management

When you think of setting a goal to help you manage your arthritis pain, you may remember all of those New Year’s resolutions you’ve made and then broken. There are only a handful of us who have ever followed through and achieved such resolutions. But take heart — it is possible to set goals that address your individual needs and circumstances and make them work for you.... Read more »

YOUR HEALTH-CARE TEAM

Switching Doctors

There may be a number of reasons you feel things aren't working out between you and your doctor. Perhaps you and the doctor do not communicate well, or it seems impossible to get an appointment when you need one. If you aren't happy with your medical care, you might consider at least looking around for a different doctor.... Read more »

Featured Recipe

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Tired of the same old chicken breast recipe you turn to every week? Give your supper a tangy kick with some sweet hot chilis. You can change the type and amount of peppers to suit your taste.... Read more »

Featured Definition

Joints

Any of several types of connections between bones. Joints are classified as fixed, cartilaginous, or synovial according to their structure and movability.... Read more »

In This Issue

Breaking News

Many People Not Getting Recommended RA Drugs

Feeling Good

Intimacy

Living Well With RA

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Your Heart

Featured Recipe

Sweet Roasted Almonds

Featured Definition

Omega-3 Fatty Acid

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