arthritis

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The immune system generally keeps you healthy, but there are times when these biological processes can actually harm you. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease -- which arises when the immune system mistakenly attacks its own bodily tissues.

This week, on “Take Care,” Dr. Robert Shmerling explains the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Shmerling is clinical chief of the rheumatology division of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a senior editor of internet publishing at Harvard Health Publications.

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You've heard about it for years and you've come to accept it as fact, but is it backed by medical science or is a story repeated so often that it's taken on a veneer of truth? We pick apart medical facts from health and wellness urban legends in our segment "Debunk or da Truth." We ask the experts and come up with an answer you can trust. Here are some of the myths we've been busting lately:

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Osteoarthritis affects millions, but who's most at risk?

Jul 28, 2013
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It may be common to have pain and stiffness in your joints -- especially as you age-- but what’s the difference between routine pain and a serious disease? This week on “Take Care,” we talk to Dr. Robert Shmerling about osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, which affects millions of people. Shmerling an associate professor in medicine at Harvard Medical School, senior medical editor at Harvard Health Publications and associate physician and clinical chief of rheumatology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Shmerling.

On Pain and Alertness

Mar 5, 2013

John Weeks discusses an uncomfortable pain he experienced during a walk at Baltimore Woods Nature Center. He advises getting out in nature as much as you can before old age begins to limit your chances.