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How Common is Psoriatic Arthritis in People with Psoriasis?

The prevalence of psoriatic arthritis (PsA) among psoriasis patients is higher than previously thought, according to several international studies published between 2013 and 2015. In North America and Europe, between 18 and 42 percent of people with psoriasis, an inflammatory skin disease, also have psoriatic arthritis. In the United States, psoriasis affects about 2.2 percent of the population (7.5 million people), making it the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the US. In addition to skin problems associated with psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis affects the joints and other parts of the body. Psoriatic Arthritis Prevalence Around the World In a study published in 2013 ...more

Today is Gout Awareness Day!

National Gout Awareness Day is recognized annually on May 22 to help raise awareness around gout, a painful disease that affects approximately 8.3 million Americans. Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis that develops as a result of excess levels of uric acid in the blood, which results in a condition called hyperuricemia.. The uric acid can form needle-like crystals in a joint and cause sudden, severe episodes of pain, tenderness, redness, warmth and swelling. Although gout appears to manifest itself suddenly as an acutely red, hot and swollen joint (often the big toe) with excruciating pain, it’s actually the result of ...more
Even With Psoriatic Arthritis, Richard Kandalec Always Finds A Way

Even With Psoriatic Arthritis, Richard Kandalec Always Finds A Way

Psoriatic arthritis has created plenty of challenges for Richard Kandalec, but the 65-year-old has found ways to continue the outdoors activities he loves. Kandalec was diagnosed with psoriasis in his early 30s. Embarrassed by the red, flaky skin patches, the Mentor, Ohio, resident often wore long sleeves, even in the summer and in the woodworking, welding and industrial arts classes he taught – which was risky because his clothes could catch on the machines. When Kandalec learned a few years later that he also had psoriatic arthritis, he says, “It was tough.” He tried numerous medications before finding one that worked. Still, he’s ...more
Obesity Can Increase the Risk of Psoriatic Arthritis

Obesity Can Increase the Risk of Psoriatic Arthritis

From osteoarthritis to heart disease to diabetes, obesity is implicated in a host of diseases. A study now adds one more condition to the list: psoriatic arthritis, or PsA. Psoriatic arthritis, an autoimmune condition, is a form of inflammatory arthritis that affects an estimated 6 to 10 percent of people with of the skin condition psoriasis and up to 40 percent of those with extensive psoriasis. It can also affect people who do not have the skin disease. It’s been known that being overweight or obese increases a person’s chances of developing psoriasis. But a study in the Annals of the Rheumatic ...more

Arthritis Foundation Registry Workshop Ushers in a New Scientific Strategy

For people with arthritis, they’ve only wanted one thing since their diagnosis: a cure. At the Arthritis Foundation, we want the same thing. With that in mind, last week we convened the who’s who of registry experts from around the world for the Arthritis Foundation Registry Workshop: Improving Health Outcomes for People with Arthritis. The goal of the workshop was to find common ground for how registries can work together to improve health outcomes for people with arthritis and related diseases. This important work is helping more people become a Champion of Yes. So, what is a registry exactly? Usually facilitated by ...more

Arthritis Advocates Achieve More State Legislative Successes

Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia and Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee have both signed biosimilar legislation into law. Arthritis Foundation Advocates actively lobbied for both bills, meeting with legislators, testifying at hearings, writing letters, making phone calls and working to put patient safety issues associated with biosimilars in front  of the media. The legislation will allow biosimilar medicines to be marketed in these states.  The new laws also require notifying patients and prescribers when biosimilars are dispensed instead of biologics.  Biologics have been vital for people with arthritis – increasing mobility, reducing pain and improving overall quality of life. Arthritis Foundation Ambassador ...more

Four People Tell Their Stories of Sharing Osteoarthritis Pain & Relief With Their Dogs

When arthritis is diagnosed in dogs, many owners with OA feel true empathy. They know what it’s like to have achy, stiff joints, so they make it a top priority to ease their pets’ discomfort. Carol and Abe When Carol Pierce of Bucks County, Pa., noticed her dog limping last year, she went right to the vet. The diagnosis: knee osteoarthritis (OA). Carol has OA, too – in her right wrist. She occasionally takes an over-the-counter, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). But Abe gets the prescription NSAID carprofen (Rimadyl) daily. “I’m not one of those people who just sits around thinking about my aches and pains,” ...more

Shopping for an Arthritis-Friendly Car

Are you hesitant to trade in your gas-guzzler for a fuel-efficient model because you might have to sacrifice comfort – or safety? Don’t be. Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for an arthritis-friendly car. James Riswick, automotive editor for Edmunds.com, a popular car review site, says there are many fuel-efficient cars with arthritis-friendly features. To be considered fuel-efficient, a car must get 29.7 mpg. Lightweight doors, a small steering wheel that’s easy to turn, push-button ignition and controls (as opposed to knobs) and a big trunk that will easily hold a scooter, are a few of the arthritis-friendly features ...more
Arthritis-Friendly Kitchen Tools

Arthritis-Friendly Kitchen Tools

Cooking poses countless challenges for people with arthritis hands. We found a few arthritis-friendly kitchen tools and gadgets that are easy-to-use to solve common kitchen problems. Problem: Safely and accurately slicing bagels and English muffins. Solution: Use a bagel or English muffin slicer. The Larian Bagel Guillotine is a safe way to cut the perfect bagel or English muffin without having to grip a knife or fear nicking your fingers. Problem: Finely chopping garlic. Solution: There’s no need to wield a knife or squeeze garlic gloves in a press when you can use a handy kitchen gadget. With the Garlic Zoom, you simply roll it across the ...more
11 Cleaning Tips That Will Spare Your Joints

11 Cleaning Tips That Will Spare Your Joints

Streamline cleaning tasks to maximize sparkle and minimize joint pain and strain. Here are some household cleaning tips and cleaning shortcuts. 1. House cleaning tips begin with pacing yourself. Instead of a dedicated chore day, clean just one room a day. “If you do everything in one day, you’ll end up over­exerting yourself,” says Linda Cobb, author of Talking Dirty With the Queen of Clean (Pocket Books, 2004). 2. Focus on heavy-traffic areas. “You may need to vacuum only the pathway from the kitchen to the doorway to help spruce up the place,” says Donna Smallin, author of The One-Minute Cleaner (Storey Publishing, LLC, 2007). 3. Equip yourself properly. If squeezing a ...more