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.

May 6, 2021

Breaking News

A New Pill Treats Arthritis Pain While Protecting the Stomach

Stomach ulcers are a well-known side effect of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), the common pain- and inflammation-relieving medicines that include ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen sodium (Aleve). A new drug, Vimovo, combines an NSAID with a stomach acid–reducer in a single pill to reduce the risk of the painful ulcers.... Read more »

Taking Action

Arthritis Resources: Advocacy

Have you ever been an advocate? Before you answer “no,” you may be surprised to learn that advocacy is more common than you think. If you have championed a cause on behalf of a wider community or even pleaded your own case to an insurance company, you know that advocacy can have a real impact on people's lives. ... Read more »

Living Well With RA

18 Myths About Rheumatoid Arthritis

Despite the long history and prevalence of RA, there remain some widely held myths and misconceptions about it. If you have RA, separating fact from fiction can help you manage your condition better and deal more effectively with the physical, psychological, social, and work issues associated with RA.... Read more »

Featured Recipe

Cinnamon Fajitas

Didn't get your fill of Mexican food on Cinco de Mayo? Enjoy south-of-the-border flavor anytime with this delicious dish that's far lower in fat, calories, and sodium than typical Mexican-restaurant fare.... Read more »

Featured Definition

Refractory RA

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) that doesn’t respond adequately to conventional therapy. RA is usually considered refractory if it doesn’t respond to a relatively new class of drugs called TNF inhibitors.... Read more »

April 22, 2021

Breaking News

Research Links RA to Lack of Vitamin D

Could getting out in the sun reduce a person's risk for rheumatoid arthritis (RA)? A recent study looked at a large sample of American women and found that those living in northern latitudes — where the sun is not as strong — are more likely to develop RA. The results suggest that a lack of vitamin D, which is made by the body in response to sun exposure, may be to blame for the increased risk.... Read more »

Living Well With RA

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gum Disease

On the face of it, RA and gum disease do not seem to have much in common, other than inflammation, but several studies have shown that people with RA are more likely to have gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss, so it’s important to understand what gum disease is and how you can keep your teeth healthy.... Read more »

Taking Healthy Steps

Weight Control and Arthritis

You may know that reaching and maintaining a healthy weight can help you improve or prevent several health conditions, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It can also help you manage arthritis symptoms by easing the load on painful joints. But knowing the benefits of weight loss and achieving it are two different things. To meet your goals, you need to rely on proven strategies.... Read more »

Featured Recipe

Lower-Fat Brownies

A little applesauce in place of oil cuts some of the fat out of these brownies — while leaving all the flavor in. Enjoy these scrumptious treats fresh out of the oven and serve with a glass of cold milk.... Read more »

Featured Definition


A condition characterized by muscle wasting, fatigue, weakness, and sometimes weight loss that is associated with certain serious inflammatory conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA).... Read more »

In This Issue

Breaking News

Many People Not Getting Recommended RA Drugs

Feeling Good


Living Well With RA

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Your Heart

Featured Recipe

Sweet Roasted Almonds

Featured Definition

Omega-3 Fatty Acid

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