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Mindful Management: Living with Autoimmune Disease

Five steps people living with autoimmune diseases can take to incorporate mindfulness and improve quality of life.  By Elizabeth Kirchner, CNP Mindfulness is a buzzword that seems to be everywhere, but what does it actually mean? In the most basic sense, mindfulness is sim­ply awareness. Being aware of some of…

Ask The Nurse: Arthritis and Intimacy

Q&A with Iris Zink, MSN, RN, ANP-BC President, Rheumatology Nurses Society What are some of the ways that rheumatologic diseases can affect a woman’s physical sexual function? Sexual function can be affected in various ways, depending on a person’s unique diagnosis. For exam­ple, both Sjögren’s syndrome and systemic lupus cause…

Beyond Botox

A once-feared toxin finds wide-ranging medical uses. By Sharon Reynolds On Halloween morning in 1975, Martha Murphy, then a 23-year-old newlywed, woke up with a stiff neck. “I thought I just slept wrong, no big deal,” she recounts. But the pain and stiffness did not go away over the days…

More than A Bit of Back Pain: Ankylosing Spondylitis

Women can suffer for years before being diagnosed with this chronic inflammation of the spine. By David Borenstein, MD My patient, Sarah Wise, a 26-year-old woman, came to my office with a typical story. In her late teens, she noticed some low back and neck pain. Sarah was active in…

A New Role: A Young RA Advocate Makes Her Mark

An actress shares her person­al journey with rheumatoid arthritis to offer the comfort of community to other patients. By Diana Price To fans following actress Megan Park’s career tra­jectory since she gained promi­nence in Hollywood through her por­trayal of cheerleader Grace Bowman on ABC Family’s The Secret Life of an…

Deepak Chopra’s Top Tips to Reduce Stress

By Katie Morell Think back to the last day you did not make a to-do list. Are you at a loss? If so, you are like most women: perpetually busy and often stressed. “Stress is an issue for women; they are struggling with more than one career,” says Deepak Chopra,…
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What Complementary Therapies Can Do for You

By Barrie R. Cassileth, MS, PhD Complementary therapies empower you, the patient. After being diagnosed with cancer, you might feel like you are ceding control to a team of experts—your medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, and surgeon, not to mention their nurses and technicians. Together all of these experts can give…

Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Age of High-Tech Housekeeping

By D.Z. Stone The pain and mobility issues that accompany a chronic illness such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can make perform­ing household chores extremely difficult. The good news: As home design is modernized and technolo­gies evolve in this era of robotics and microfibers, house cleaning is get­ting easier. Add to…

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Finding Words to Describe an Invisible Illness

You look good but feel bad. How do you explain RA to others when you don’t look sick? By D.Z. Stone Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a painful, chronic inflammatory disease that can damage joints throughout the body but often has little impact on patients’ outer appearance— leaving them looking healthy…

A Polite Way of Saying “Incurable”

By Clementine von Radics When I was 21 years old, my writing career took off. I quit my day job, published my first book, and immediately started working on my second. I felt like I was on top of the world or at least on my way to it. I…

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