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Victory in Montana! Governor Bullock Signs Biosimilar Substitution

Victory in Montana! Governor Bullock Signs Biosimilar Substitution

For years now, many arthritis patients have utilized biologic medications to great effect. Biologics have allowed those with arthritis, as well as many other chronic diseases, to stabilize their condition and help them better quality lives. Now, due to innovation, new medications are coming to market which could provide arthritis patients with more, and potentially less expensive, options. These new medications are called “biosimilar” medications which are similar to, but not exact copies of name brand biologics. The new law will restrict your pharmacist from substituting the biologic medication prescribed by your doctor with a new interchangeable biosimilar without notifying you ...more
Champion of Yes: Meaghan Victory Uses Patient Experience to Propel Nursing Career Dreams

Champion of Yes: Meaghan Victory Uses Patient Experience to Propel Nursing Career Dreams

Meaghan Victory grew up in an active family that spent their summers camping and hiking, and winters in the snowy mountains next to their Issaquah, Washington home. When she was around eight years old, Meaghan was involved in a sledding accident and sprained her right wrist. For six months after the accident, the pain in her wrist never went away. While on vacation in the summer, her mother was putting sunscreen on her arm and noticed Meaghan in significant pain. Unsure of what was going on, her pediatrician referred Meaghan to Seattle Children’s Hospital where she was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid ...more
Researchers on the Path to a Cure - Spotlight on Dr. Delesha Carpenter

Researchers on the Path to a Cure - Spotlight on Dr. Delesha Carpenter

Many of us go to multiple doctors’ appointments throughout the year. Between those appointments, work, family life and other things it can be hard to process and remember the information your doctor tells you. One of our funded researchers, Dr. Delesha Carpenter is looking at how well Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) patients recall information about newly prescribed DMARDs – disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs. Her 3-year Arthritis Foundation funded research project, called “Understanding how RA patients process conflicting information about DMARDs”, was recently presented at the 2016 ACR Annual Meeting & Conference in November. Patients could take part in the study if they were ...more
Meet Our National Walk to Cure Arthritis Adult Honoree: Former MLB Pitcher Tom Walker!

Meet Our National Walk to Cure Arthritis Adult Honoree: Former MLB Pitcher Tom Walker!

Tom Walker, Walk to Cure Arthritis national adult honoree and former MLB pitcher, claims that it’s truly “mind over matter” when it comes to his osteoarthritis (OA) pain. Every day, he rises up and pushes forward, despite the obstacles – like having a harder time walking – that challenge him. Tom describes himself as the “poster child” for arthritis, a disease that’s followed him for 40+ years. When he was 25 years old and playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, he headed to Florida for spring training, and midway through training joint pain spread from his elbow to his shoulder, making ...more
The Truth About Nightshades and Arthritis

The Truth About Nightshades and Arthritis

Every time you eat eggplant, your knuckles start to throb. This sometimes happens after you eat other healthy foods like tomatoes and peppers. What gives? These are some of the very foods you are supposed to eat more of to keep your weight down and boost your heart health, right? Not necessarily. Many people with inflammatory types of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) do report a worsening of symptoms such as joint pain and swelling after consuming nightshades. Known in agricultural circles as Solanaceae, nightshades are a botanical family of plants that share certain characteristics. There are around 2,500 species of nightshades ...more
Aging and Arthritis Pain: Should Treatment Plans Change as We Age?

Aging and Arthritis Pain: Should Treatment Plans Change as We Age?

Pain and aging—it’s an unfortunate fact of life. As we increase in age, so does our risk for painful health conditions. Research also suggests the experience of pain changes as we age; the treatments for it must often change as well. More Painful Problems “As we get older we are more likely to experience pain because of the kinds of health problems that go with getting older,” says Patricia A. Parmelee, PhD, director of the Alabama Research Institute on Aging at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. “There are a number of disorders linked with the aging body that are painful,” she ...more
Bringing the Patient Voice to the Forefront of the Arthritis Foundation

Bringing the Patient Voice to the Forefront of the Arthritis Foundation

Have you ever thought about volunteering with the Arthritis Foundation but you’re not sure how? Do you have arthritis (or care for a loved one with arthritis) and important insights to share? We are forming a new, patient-only group that may be just what you are looking for! The patient voice is critical in all that we do. We are here to meet the need of people with arthritis, so who better to tell us your needs than you? This is one of the reasons we created the new Patient Leadership Council (PLC), so we can hear directly from you and ...more
Arthritis Foundation to Host Meeting for Osteoarthritis Patients to Share their Stories with the FDA

Arthritis Foundation to Host Meeting for Osteoarthritis Patients to Share their Stories with the FDA

Last year, the Arthritis Foundation cosponsored the Accelerating Osteoarthritis (OA) Clinical Trials Workshop with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The focus of the workshop aimed at identifying ways to get new diagnostics & treatments to clinics faster for the arthritis community. Important key takeaways from the workshop included a focus on patients – how they need to be more involved in the scientific discovery process and that scientists should consider their needs and wants in designing clinical trials. We knew we had to take action – today, an estimated 30.8 million Americans have OA1 and the number is growing. ...more
Victory: Matt Iseman is The New Celebrity Apprentice & Brings Home Nearly $1 Million for the Arthritis Foundation!

Victory: Matt Iseman is The New Celebrity Apprentice & Brings Home Nearly $1 Million for the Arthritis Foundation!

The moment we’ve all been waiting for is here—the season finale of The New Celebrity Apprentice and the crowning of a new winner! The finale picked up where last week’s episode ended. The final challenge came down to Matt Iseman and Boy George competing for the win by working with their teams to produce an ad campaign, a party, and a 15-minute variety show for Carnival Corporation to illustrate the incredible value of the cruise experience. The show opened with both contestants in full fundraising mode! Fundraising is something that Matt was worried about all season since he doesn’t have as many ...more
High Cooking Temperature Can Make Inflammation Worse

High Cooking Temperature Can Make Inflammation Worse

Although delicious, crusty seared or grilled meats may exacerbate inflammation. Researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York found that frying, roasting, searing or grilling certain foods at high temperatures produces compounds called advanced glycation end products (AGEs). Your body produces AGEs, also known as glycotoxins, as part of the metabolic process. AGEs are also present in raw animal products, including meat. Cooking, especially at high temperatures, forms new AGEs in foods. Although some AGEs are not bad, high levels of the compounds in the tissues and blood can trigger an inflammatory response and have been linked to the recent ...more