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 19, 2021

Breaking News

Concerns Over Metal Replacement Hips

The US Food and Drug Administration has ordered makers of hip replacements that use all metal parts to study the safety and effectiveness of their products. The order was prompted by reports that metal particles can wear off these replacement parts and cause problems in the hips.... Read more »

Taking Healthy Steps

Osteoporosis and Exercise

Osteoporosis is called the “silent disease” because you may not know you have it until you break a bone. If you don’t have osteoporosis, your primary goal is to prevent it. If you already have osteoporosis, treatment can prevent further bone loss and reduce the risk of fractures. Exercise and physical activity have an important role to play both in preventing osteoporosis and in treating it.... Read more »

Living Well With RA

Corticosteroid Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Corticosteroids are effective at controlling the inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other inflammatory conditions. But because of their many side effects, which include osteoporosis, their role in treating RA has changed throughout the years. Still, if you have moderate to severe RA, it’s likely that you will take a corticosteroid at some point.... Read more »

Featured Recipe

Orange Vegetable Medley

If you don't eat dairy products, it can be tough to get enough bone-building calcium in your diet. Try this recipe, which features two nondairy sources of calcium: broccoli and fortified orange juice.... Read more »

Featured Definition


Dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, a common test for measuring bone mineral density. DXA is used in the diagnosis of osteoporosis.... Read more »

May 5, 2021


Calcium Supplements May Increase Heart Risk

A new study has found an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes in older women taking calcium supplements. The authors of the study, which reanalyzed data from an earlier clinical trial, note that while the study does not offer conclusive proof that calcium increases heart risk, it does raise concern about the possible side effects of these popular supplements.... Read more »


50 Years of Rheumatology

There may not be a cure for arthritis yet, but the last 50 years or so have seen tremendous progress toward this goal. Today, people with arthritis are better able to have their condition diagnosed and properly treated than ever before. Doctors are able to address arthritis and its symptoms in ways that were barely imaginable in the 1950's and '60's.... Read more »


Participating in Clinical Trials

Recent years have seen important developments in the treatment of arthritis, and all of these changes came about as a direct result of clinical trials. Clinical trials don’t just benefit the researchers investigating a treatment — there are many possible benefits for people who participate as well. What exactly is a clinical trial? Should you join one?... Read more »


Black Bean Salsa

Having people over to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Entertaining is easy with this simple but delicious salsa recipe. This version is mild, but you can always add some diced jalapeno peppers for a spicy kick.... Read more »


Anti-CCP Antibody

Anti–cyclic citrullinated peptide antibody, a protein produced as part of the process that leads to joint inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Blood tests for anti-CCP antibodies can help doctors diagnose RA and determine how severe it is likely to be.... Read more »

In This Issue


Antidepressant Eases OA Pain


Arthritis Self-Help: What Are My Choices?


Living (Reasonably Well) With Pain




Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate Test

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