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Easy Meditation Options for Pain

Easy Meditation Options for Pain

Researchers agree – meditation can help with a host of health problems. “Relaxing and quieting your mind by focusing on your breathing can reduce stress – even the stress that comes with arthritis flares,” says David E. Yocum, MD, director of the Arizona Arthritis Center in Tucson. His studies, as well as others, found that patients who meditated responded to stress with lower heart rates and improved immune function; and that meditation, in combination with traditional medicines, appears to help patients with chronic pain. Studies have shown that meditation inhibits or relieves pain perception. And in a study published in ...more
JA Conference Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted!

JA Conference Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted!

The scholarship application process for the 2017 National Juvenile Arthritis Conference is now open! Interested families and young adults (ages 18-25) are welcome to apply for a scholarship award that will assist in the cost of traveling to or attending this year’s conference in Houston, Texas or Indianapolis, Indiana. Applications must be submitted by February 26, 2017 to be considered, and all applicants will be notified by April 24, 2017. “The JA Conference is an opportunity like no other. Families are able to network with others on a similar journey. We learn so much about juvenile arthritis, including the latest treatments ...more
Matt Continues His Fight for the Arthritis Foundation on Week 3 of The New Celebrity Apprentice

Matt Continues His Fight for the Arthritis Foundation on Week 3 of The New Celebrity Apprentice

It's been an exciting ride thus far on The New Celebrity Apprentice. Last week, Matt Iseman took home a big win as project manager for Team Arete and brought home $50,000 for the Arthritis Foundation to help support of our cause. This week kicked off with a challenge to create a photo advertising campaign for Kawasaki USA. The Kawasaki execs wanted the teams to push the boundaries with this campaign, and Carson Kressley took the lead as project manager of Team Arete, with Kyle Richards taking the helm for Team Prima. Team Arete took pushing the limits literally - showing the motorcycle with unconventional ...more
Planned Giving: Do More with Thoughtful Planning

Planned Giving: Do More with Thoughtful Planning

Have you ever received information from the Arthritis Foundation’s Planned Giving Department and wondered exactly what it means? Have you ever seen a request to remember the Arthritis Foundation in your will or trust or read that 25% of all revenue the Foundation receives is from donor bequests? Have you ever met one of the Foundation’s Planned Giving Directors and wondered if they could help you? If so, you’re not alone. Sure, the planned giving department is here to help you if you wish to remember the Arthritis Foundation in your will and other estate plans, but they can help you ...more
Women and Long-Standing Ankylosing Spondylitis Patients at Risk for Other Conditions

Women and Long-Standing Ankylosing Spondylitis Patients at Risk for Other Conditions

Women who have ankylosing spondylitis and men and women who have had the disease longer have an increased risk of developing potentially debilitating symptoms beyond the joints, according to a new study presented at the American College of Rheumatology’s Annual Meeting. Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory type of arthritis that predominantly affects the spine and the sacroiliac joints, the two joints that connect the base of the spine with the right and left sides of the pelvis. It is the most common subtype of a group of disorders called axial spondyloarthropathies (axSpA). AxSpA is associated with several symptoms – ...more
Risk of Heart Attack Rises After RA Diagnosis

Risk of Heart Attack Rises After RA Diagnosis

Generally, patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have higher levels of inflammation in their bodies, which can affect other organs and tissues besides the joints. In fact, people with RA have up to twice the risk of heart disease and development of heart failure (especially if they test positive for rheumatoid factor, or RF) than the general population, according to a 2013 Mayo Clinic study published in the American Heart Journal. Patients diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis may have cardiac problems within one year, according to a 2010 study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine. The study also reported that among people with RA, ...more
Matt Iseman Shines as Team Captain on Week 2 of The New Celebrity Apprentice & Wins Big for the Arthritis Foundation

Matt Iseman Shines as Team Captain on Week 2 of The New Celebrity Apprentice & Wins Big for the Arthritis Foundation

Heading into the second week of The New Celebrity Apprentice with two wins under his team's belt, Matt Iseman was supercharged with energy to keep fueling his fight for the Arthritis Foundation and arthritis community. For the first of their challenges this week, the teams were tasked with creating an interactive health segment to promote Welch's grape juice. Laila Ali took the lead as team captain for Team Prima, and Chael Sonnen was project manager for Team Arete. Team Prima held a daytime talk show, complete with ideas for moms and a cooking demo spotlighting the health benefits of grape juice. Team Arete ...more
Yes to Access! Registration for the 2017 Advocacy Summit Now Open

Yes to Access! Registration for the 2017 Advocacy Summit Now Open

While many people with arthritis face different barriers to care, they will stand united in the fight against arthritis and say Yes to Access at the 2017 Advocacy Summit, March 6-7 in Washington, DC. Yes to Access means knocking down barriers to easy and affordable health care. Advocacy Summit participants will learn how to use their voice and arthritis story to advocate for people with arthritis, then meet with members of Congress and their staff, helping them understand how they can remove barriers to treatment that people arthritis need. Registration for the 2017 Advocacy Summit is free. Go to arthritis.org/advocate/advocacy-summit to register ...more
New York Step Therapy Reform Legislation Signed into Law by Governor Cuomo

New York Step Therapy Reform Legislation Signed into Law by Governor Cuomo

As we ring in the new year, we celebrate a major step therapy legislative win in New York! An increasing number of health insurers around the country are utilizing fail first or step therapy practices that require patients to try and fail one or more formulary medications before providing coverage for the originally prescribed non-formulary medication. Rather than taking into account the needs of the individual patient, insurers are determining drug sequences based on cost. These practices can vary wildly insurer to insurer with no consistency on how to establish or apply these fail first protocols. As a result, step therapy ...more
Researchers on the Path to a Cure - Spotlight on Dr. Marcus Wimmer

Researchers on the Path to a Cure - Spotlight on Dr. Marcus Wimmer

The third part of our researcher spotlight series is with Dr. Marcus Wimmer, Associate Chairman of the Department of Orthopedics and Director of Human Motion Analysis and Tribology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. Dr. Wimmer is one of 11 researchers to receive funding in early 2016 for his innovative research project, which uses mobile technology to show how a non-invasive treatment can improve health outcomes for people with osteoarthritis (OA). Dr. Wimmer’s 3 year research project is called “Augmented Feedback Using Pressure Detecting Insoles to Reduce Knee Loading”. The purpose of his research is to look at ...more