Static Image
Anti-Inflammatory Benefits of Flaxseed

Anti-Inflammatory Benefits of Flaxseed

Step aside, salmon. Scoot over kale. Make room for flaxseed, a rightful member of the healthiest foods club. It has even been shown to ease arthritis, especially in rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and Raynaud’s phenomenon. “Although flaxseed has been used for a long time – Hippocrates ate and wrote about it in 500 B.C. – it’s only been in the past 10 years that researchers have focused on flaxseed’s health benefits,” says Jocelyn Mathern, a registered dietitian and member of the Flax Lignan Information Bureau Advisory Board, a consumer education organization in Minneapolis. Just two tablespoons of ground flaxseed contain more than 140% ...more
Step Therapy Bill Makes Huge Progress in Missouri Legislature with Help of Young Advocates

Step Therapy Bill Makes Huge Progress in Missouri Legislature with Help of Young Advocates

Thanks in large part to the efforts of our amazing Advocates, House Bill 2029 has made tremendous progress through the Missouri legislature. Championed by Speaker Pro Tem Denny Hoskins, House Bill 2029 will put limits on an insurance industry protocol, known as “step therapy” or “fail first,” which require patients to try and fail medications the insurance provider dictates before they will cover medications as prescribed by their physician. This practice has become pervasive in the insurance industry, even when the prescribed drug is deemed more medically appropriate by the patient’s physician. HB 2029 passed through the House and passed unanimously out ...more
Take the #SeeArthritis Challenge During Arthritis Awareness Month!

Take the #SeeArthritis Challenge During Arthritis Awareness Month!

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, and we’re on a mission to spread awareness about the seriousness of arthritis! Arthritis is a complex, widespread, and currently incurable disease. It’s also the number one cause of disability in America. Whether you’re personally affected by the disease or know someone who is, arthritis affects almost all of us. Since arthritis is often an invisible disease, it’s not always easy for people to see the physical and emotional toll it can take on those affected. Living with a disease whose symptoms and effects aren’t obvious adds an additional challenge for people trying to cope with ...more
Meg Maley Uses “Big Brother” Experience to Share Arthritis Story

Meg Maley Uses “Big Brother” Experience to Share Arthritis Story

She is a healthy, energetic 26 year-old from the outside, but Meg Maley has been battling with psoriatic arthritis most of her life. In the summer of 2015, Meg had the opportunity to become a houseguest on the CBS reality show, “Big Brother.” Before and during the show, Meg kept her disease a secret, fearing the thought of others putting limitations on her. After the show ended, Meg decided to use her newly found platform as an opportunity to finally share her story of living with psoriatic arthritis. Meg was diagnosed psoriatic arthritis (PSA) around the age of 12. Leading up ...more
Quest-4-West: National Walk Honoree Doesn’t Let Arthritis Slow Her Down

Quest-4-West: National Walk Honoree Doesn’t Let Arthritis Slow Her Down

Her journey with arthritis began as a 21-year-old college student. One morning, April N. West woke up feeling like she had exercised vigorously the day before. The pain in her ankles, knees and hips was unbearable. Then without health insurance, she relied on over-the-counter medication for relief, but the pain didn’t go away. While visiting family in Florida, April remembers coughing so profusely that she had to rest on their couch the entire time. At that point, she knew something was seriously wrong – and soon found herself hospitalized. After much deliberation, her doctors all agreed that an autoimmune illness was ...more
Chiropractic Care for Arthritis

Chiropractic Care for Arthritis

In a 2015 Gallup poll of more than 5,400 Americans, 60 percent believed chiropractic is an effective treatment for neck and back pain. It’s true that chiropractors manipulate, or adjust, the spine to improve pain and mobility, but the benefits may extend beyond the back. By using varying degrees of force in an effort to adjust misaligned joints, chiropractors try to improve the relationship between the spine and nervous system, which they believe may affect the function of all the organs and systems in the body. “We are certainly the front-line providers for back pain, but we’re also primary care professionals ...more
Does Fish Oil Fight Osteoarthritis?

Does Fish Oil Fight Osteoarthritis?

While the use of nutritional supplements for osteoarthritis (OA) has focused largely on the duo of glucosamine and chondroitin, research suggests that a popular supplement for heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis may also help OA – fish oil. Fish oil is the best source of omega-3 fatty acids, essential fatty acids our body needs to function properly. Most studies of the effectiveness of fish oil for osteoarthritis have been done on animals, but a few studies have also been done in humans. Animal Studies Offer the Most Evidence Early evidence of potential effectiveness of fish oil for OA came in a 2011 study published ...more
Pediatric Rheumatologists, Researchers and Patients Unite in Toronto to Change the Future of Living With Childhood Arthritis

Pediatric Rheumatologists, Researchers and Patients Unite in Toronto to Change the Future of Living With Childhood Arthritis

Last week more than 400 pediatric rheumatologists, researchers, fellows, patients, parents and industry representatives, along with Arthritis Foundation staff members and volunteers, came together for the 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting of CARRA, the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance. Held in Toronto, Canada, this was CARRA’s largest annual meeting to date, with participants from renowned institutions across the United States and abroad. For nearly 70 years, the Arthritis Foundation has been committed to serving families affected by juvenile arthritis and other childhood rheumatic diseases. We’ve supported CARRA since it formed more than a decade ago, and today our partnership is stronger ...more
Walk to Cure Arthritis: From Small Steps to Giant Breakthroughs

Walk to Cure Arthritis: From Small Steps to Giant Breakthroughs

If you think how far we’ve come in treating children with arthritis over the past two decades is nothing short of miraculous, get ready for some spectacular new discoveries in the not too distant future. That’s what Dr. Yukiko Kimura firmly believes – and she should know, since she’s been on the front lines of treating juvenile arthritis (JA) and other childhood rheumatic diseases for more than 25 years. Dr. Kimura is the chief of pediatric rheumatology at the Joseph Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. She earned her MD from the Albert Einstein College of ...more
Acupuncture and Acupressure for Arthritis

Acupuncture and Acupressure for Arthritis

One of several nondrug pain treatments for arthritis, acupuncture involves inserting fine needles into specific points on the body. The goal is to correct imbalances in the flow of life energy – called chi or qi – thereby stimulating healing. Traditional Chinese medicine describes more than 2,000 acupuncture points (acupoints) connected to 12 main energy channels. In the West, acupuncture is mainly associated with pain relief, but the 3,000-year-old practice is a complex and comprehensive system of medicine that emphasizes healing the mind and spirit as well as the body. Acupressure, based on the same principles as acupuncture, uses gentle but deep ...more