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CBS’s Sunday Morning Features 11-year-old Arthritis Foundation Advocate, Graci Diggs

CBS’s Sunday Morning Features 11-year-old Arthritis Foundation Advocate, Graci Diggs

Graci is 11-years-old and stands just five feet tall. But don’t let her age and size fool you. She’s wiser than most and has the stature of a superstar. Graci has battled juvenile polyarticular arthritis for most of her life. As a member of our Advocate program, she has been very active fighting on behalf of people with arthritis. In March, she and her mom, Anna, attended Advocacy Summit where they were trained on advocacy and met with members of Congress, asking them to support legislation that will address the shortage of pediatric rheumatologists, and establish a dedicated Department of Defense arthritis ...more
Get and Keep Control of Your Rheumatoid Arthritis

Get and Keep Control of Your Rheumatoid Arthritis

When arthritis is active and painful, you have a constant reminder and strong incentive to take your medications. But when your disease is under control, it may be easy to forget a dose or two or you may even be tempted to stop taking your medication altogether. But doing so is not a good idea. The way you are feeling – particularly when you are on medication – is not always an indication of whether there is underlying disease activity. Stopping your medication could cause your disease to flare, resulting in the irreparable joint damage your doctor was aiming to ...more
Advocate Success in Ohio: Governor Kasich Signs Prior Authorization Bill Into Law

Advocate Success in Ohio: Governor Kasich Signs Prior Authorization Bill Into Law

On Monday, June 13, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed Senate Bill 129, an important piece of prior authorization legislation, into law. The bill, sponsored by Senators Capri Cafaro and Randy Gardner: ensures that prior authorization requirements or restrictions are listed on the health insurer’s website and allows providers and patients to obtain prior authorization through a web-based system; ensures that any new or future prior authorization requirements are disclosed prior to the new requirement being implemented; requires that once a prior authorization has been approved, the insurer will not retroactively deny the service based upon previously approved medical necessity or coverage criteria; and requires a ...more
Two Minutes of Activity an Hour To Live Longer

Two Minutes of Activity an Hour To Live Longer

Standing up and walking around for just two minutes every hour may help you live longer. That’s good news as evidence continues to mount that prolonged sitting shortens longevity and further increases the risk for several chronic conditions that commonly occur with arthritis, including diabetes, kidney problems, obesity and heart disease. Researchers looked at data from devices that gauge activity levels worn daily for up to a week by 3,626 people in a national health survey. They measured how much time each day participants spent in sedentary and in various low-intensity activities (such as standing) and light-intensity activities (such as walking ...more
Arthritis Foundation Collaborates with Providers at the State Level to Advocate for the Arthritis Community

Arthritis Foundation Collaborates with Providers at the State Level to Advocate for the Arthritis Community

Our advocacy team is incredibly active at the state level, leading the way to make sure that arthritis patients have access to critical medications. Our volunteer Advocates make a significant impact and help achieve tangible results by sharing their stories and asking elected officials to support legislation that is important to them and their families. But beyond fighting for key legislative changes and being vocal in raising awareness and sharing stories that help put faces with arthritis, we also make strides for the arthritis community when we link the voices of patient with the provider community – as we have done recently and successfully in ...more
Health Benefits of Walnuts

Health Benefits of Walnuts

If you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you have twice the risk of heart disease as healthy adults. People with other forms of inflammatory arthritis like gout and psoriatic arthritis are also at increased risk. Studies show that eating nuts – particularly walnuts – may reduce your risk. Almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, pistachios and walnuts are backed by enough scientific evidence to garner recognition from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for their heart-protective qualities. Most nuts are good sources of fiber, antioxidants and unsaturated fat. Walnuts, however, “are unusual because, unlike other nuts, they are high in omega-3 fatty acids,” says Pennsylvania ...more
New Research: Obesity May Reduce the Chance of RA Remission by as Much as Half

New Research: Obesity May Reduce the Chance of RA Remission by as Much as Half

People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who are obese are less likely to achieve disease remission than their non-obese counterparts, according to a meta-analysis published in May in Arthritis Care and Research. The review also found that obesity was associated with higher levels of disease activity and pain, suggesting excess weight may negatively affect overall outcomes in RA. This meta-analysis supports earlier research, including a study presented at the 2015 annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology. There is strong evidence that obesity increases the risk of developing RA, but less is known about its effect on people living with the disease. ...more
Massage Envy’s #HugDrive: Tweet a Virtual Hug on Father’s Day to Benefit the Arthritis Foundation!

Massage Envy’s #HugDrive: Tweet a Virtual Hug on Father’s Day to Benefit the Arthritis Foundation!

This Father’s Day, your hug can benefit those with arthritis thanks to generous support from our friends at Massage Envy! Simply pledge to hug your dad from now up until Father’s Day using the hashtag #HugDrive on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. For every pledge they receive, Massage Envy will donate $1 to the Arthritis Foundation to help fund research! Why hugs? For most, a hug is a simple gesture. But if you have arthritis, chronic pain can make a hug very difficult. Research shows that hugs can boost moods, increase circulation, reduce stress, and more. Start tweeting TODAY to share the love and pledge ...more
Fibromyalgia Flares: Symptoms, Triggers and Treatment

Fibromyalgia Flares: Symptoms, Triggers and Treatment

Fibromyalgia – an example a central pain syndrome – is a chronic health condition characterized by symptoms of widespread muscle pain, fatigue, memory problems and mood changes. As in many chronic diseases, fibromyalgia symptoms can come and go and vary in intensity. Fibromyalgia Symptoms While a person with fibromyalgia might experience certain symptoms on a regular basis, when symptoms worsen or happen more frequently for a period of time, it is called a flare. “A flare is the worsening or exacerbation of symptoms that already exist,” says Daniel Clauw, MD, professor of anesthesiology, rheumatology and psychiatry at the University of Michigan in Ann ...more
Victory for our Advocates! Durbin Amendment to the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act Passes!

Victory for our Advocates! Durbin Amendment to the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act Passes!

The medical research program at the Department of Defense (DoD) has led to many significant discoveries including breakthroughs on nerve regeneration, and traumatic brain and spinal cord injury. Yet the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act contained language that would significantly jeopardize the program’s research, including arthritis research, by creating narrowly defined funding eligibility criteria. This is especially important to us because arthritis affects 1 in 3 members of the US Military (as compared to 1 in 5 in the general population). It is the leading cause of disability discharge among military personnel and the second most common reason soldiers are medically ...more