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Same dragon, different day.

You’ve probably seen the commercials about getting the shingles vaccine on TV. If you had chickenpox as a child (or as an adult), you’re at risk. The chickenpox virus (varicella) remains in your body after the contagious rash and other symptoms are long gone. It mutates, nestles down somewhere in your body near a nice cozy bundle …

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You’re in the midst of a rheumatoid flare. You’re hurting, fatigued, and feeling like a flattened bag of week-old French fries someone dropped in the parking lot. So when a friend or family member says to you, brightly (and sincerely), “A smile is the best medicine,” it’s likely to elicit a biting snarl—or at least …

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You know how utterly frustrating it can be to open many types of packaging these days! Whether it’s a bubble-wrap-lined mailer with a glued-on-flap-from-hell, a sealed-tight bag of kitty treats, or an annoying and potentially wrist-slashingly sharp plastic clamshell package, opening any of them can be a (literally) serious pain for arthritic hands, fingers, and wrists. Scissors …

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