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Rheumatoid Arthritis FAQs
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"Rheumatoid Arthritis FAQs", part of the "Geisinger Healthcare System FAQs" series, is intended as a patient education tool for those afflicted with the joint inflammation, stiffness and pain that accompany rheumatoid arthritis. There are more than 100 types of arthritis and this book will help you and your doctor develop an effective treatment program after diagnosis. The authors provide brief, focused answers to common questions raised by their patients - from how joints work, to how other organ systems can be affected by this autoimmune disease.The text offers discussions of the different methods of treating rheumatoid arthritis while discussing the everyday symptoms, tests and challenges that affect patients. The text includes a detailed discussion of available anti-inflammatory medications, their strengths and weaknesses. A gentle exercise regimen is outlined in detail. As with all titles in the "FAQ" Series, this book works to educate patients and provide concise, current information for common ailments.
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Table of Contents

1. What is Arthritis? What is Rheumatoid Arthritis? 2. Which Parts of the Body Are Affected by Rheumatoid Arthritis? 3. What Causes Rheumatoid Arthritis? 4. How is Rheumatoid Arthritis Diagnosed? 5. How is Rheumatoid Arthritis Treated? 6. What Does the Mind Have to Do with Rheumatoid Arthritis? 7. What Does Diet Have to Do with Rheumatoid Arthritis? 8. What Does Excercise Have to Do with Rheumatoid Arthritis 9. Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis? Glossary

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Eric D. Newman, MD is director of Rheumatology, Vice-Chairman for the Division of Medicine, and director of the Clinical Trials Office for Geisinger Health System. Dr. Newman is very active in clinical research, focusing on clinical trials and outcomes research in rheumatology. He is a well-published investigator and has received serveral teaching awards. Cynthia K. Matkzo is an advanced practiced registered nurse serving as Geisinger's Rheumatology Clinical Nurse Specialist. In collaboration with Geisinger's rheumatologists, Cynthia's clinical practice is directed to providing care for people with arthritis and other related diseases. She serves as a patient advocate, providing healthcare guidance to patients and their families seeking information about arthritis and its treatments.

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