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Arthritis Foundation Resources to Help You Live Better

Arthritis Foundation Resources to Help You Live Better

Whether you are just diagnosed, have been battling daily arthritis pain or are simply looking for resources to improve your quality of life, the Arthritis Foundation has something for you. Ease Your Pain Exercise has been proven to reduce arthritis pain, improve your outlook and help you sleep better. Get moving with Walk With Ease guidebook or keep your body energized with Arthritis-Friendly Yoga DVD. LEARN MORE Get the Facts Our books and FREE brochures help you understand your arthritis, learn about the treatments and medications available, and better manage your disease. LEARN MORE Live Your Best Stay informed, inspired and motivated with Arthritis Today magazine. Each ...more

Advocates in Illinois Get a Big Win for Biosimilars

Thanks in large part to the many letters, calls and visits made by Arthritis Foundation Advocates in Illinois, on July 30, Gov. Bruce Rauner (R - IL) signed Senate Bill 455 into law. The law creates a pathway for the introduction and use of biosimilars into the mainstream marketplace. Biosimilar medications have the potential to provide safe and effective treatment to people with arthritis at a potentially lower cost than name-brand biologic medications. Biologics are carefully engineered, and they can never truly be duplicated. This means that even biosimilars deemed interchangeable are not generic replicas of original biologics. Nationwide, states are now ...more
From Methotrexate to Miss Teen Minnesota: Nicole Finds Strength In Doing What She Loves

From Methotrexate to Miss Teen Minnesota: Nicole Finds Strength In Doing What She Loves

Call it mother’s intuition. When Nicole Doyle woke up one morning with an unexpectedly swollen, hot and painful finger, her mother knew something was wrong. Even though Nicole’s pediatrician initially dismissed the thumb mystery as an injury caused by play, Nicole’s mom kept pressing for answers. “We went to doctor after doctor, eventually ending up at an adult rheumatologist due to the fact that only about 250 pediatric rheumatologists exist in the entire United States,” recalls Nicole, now 18 years old. “As a three year old, I did not want to be there and have them examining me. I just wanted ...more
Chronic Pain and Insomnia- Here's Why You're Tossing and Turning

Chronic Pain and Insomnia- Here's Why You're Tossing and Turning

Tammy Applegate dreams of sleep – when she dreams, that is. Most nights, she can’t sleep soundly; pain rousts her four or five times. She turns over, repositions the pillow under one shoulder – the only position that offers some relief – and waits for slumber to overpower her discomfort. “Sometimes it takes me so long to get comfortable that I stay awake anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple of hours,” says the Fort Worth, Tex., mother of four, who has mixed connective tissue disease and requires sleep treatments to resolve her issues with pain and sleep. She’s got plenty ...more
The Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Arthritis

The Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Arthritis

You’ve probably heard of omega-3 fatty acids, especially if you have an inflammatory type of arthritis. They help reduce inflammation throughout the body, and some studies have shown benefits for heart health, brain function and diabetes. There are two major types of omega-3 fatty acids in our diets. One type is alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and the other type is eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The body partially converts ALA to EPA and DHA. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), fish oil (EPA and DHA) is the most commonly used dietary supplement in the United States. A study published in ...more

Future Rheumatoid Arthritis Therapy: Nerve Stimulation

New research suggests that electrical impulses may one day be used to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Neurosurgeon Kevin J. Tracey, MD, president and CEO of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, N.Y., discovered that stimulating the vagus nerve, which extends from the brain stem to the stomach, could control the inflammation that is central to RA. In healthy people, the nervous system, including the vagus nerve, maintains key bodily functions within a safe zone. One of the vagus nerve’s jobs is to control the production of tumor necrosis factor (TNF), a molecule that triggers inflammation. But in people with RA, ...more
Hope Grows Here: Highlights from the 2015 Juvenile Arthritis Conference

Hope Grows Here: Highlights from the 2015 Juvenile Arthritis Conference

That’s a wrap, folks! After four incredible days of educational sessions, networking opportunities, tears, joy and tears of joy, the 2015 Juvenile Arthritis Conference is officially in the books! The Opening Dinner was truly spectacular, as the room filled with 1,700 parents, kids and caregivers eager to greet old friends and meet new ones.  When Ana Villafañe took the stage, she wowed everybody in the room – her amazing talent and true passion for kids with JA were spellbinding. The official programming kicked off Friday morning in grand style, with an overview of the new Arthritis Foundation brand and some amazing JA success ...more
2015 Juvenile Arthritis Conference: Highlights From Day 3

2015 Juvenile Arthritis Conference: Highlights From Day 3

Day 3 in the books! Another full day of informative breakout sessions for parents and our YA groups. Thank you to all of our great speakers and volunteer leadership for so many great sessions. The Food Truck Rally was an awesome opportunity to hang out with new friends and families and sample some of Orlando's finest. Have you added your message of hope to the tree? And have you, your child and/or your family snapped your Green Shirt Selfie?! Don't forget to tag us and ‪#‎yes4hope‬! We are LOVING all the selfies so far! You could win registration to next year's ...more
2015 Juvenile Arthritis Conference: Highlights of the Young Adult Program

2015 Juvenile Arthritis Conference: Highlights of the Young Adult Program

Each year as the Juvenile Arthritis Conference commences; another group also comes together at the conference. While there are over 700 kids in attendance with their families, the Young Adult Program, or “YA” as it’s affectionately known, are for attendees 18 and older. Many YA participants previously attended JA Conferences as a kid, while some are coming for the first time this year! Young Adults face a completely new set of challenges as they grow up with juvenile arthritis. Going off to college, living on their own and starting a new career are a few of the topics often talked about ...more
2015 Juvenile Arthritis Conference: Highlights From Day 2

2015 Juvenile Arthritis Conference: Highlights From Day 2

Day 2 of the 2015 Juvenile Arthritis Conference was jam-packed full of informational breakout sessions for parents and care givers. The morning featured disease-specific round tables, while the afternoon got into other topics such as educational rights and seeing JA through siblings' eyes. Kids and teens enjoyed their first full day of program activities that included a visit from the Orlando Zoo, Canine Companions and arts and crafts. Family Fun Night for everyone kicked off simultaneously - babies through 3rd grades enjoyed a Pajama Party; Tweens and Teens had their own Glow Party, the Young Adult hung by the pool and even ...more