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Announcing the New and Improved Rheumatoid Arthritis Track + React App!

Announcing the New and Improved Rheumatoid Arthritis Track + React App!

Track what you do and how you feel on a daily basis – even when you’re on the go! The newly relaunched Track + React app can be used as a web tool on arthritis.org as well as on your smartphone via the app. Track + React features a completely revamped free mobile app available for download for iPhone and Android devices that allows you to track key daily activities related to your rheumatoid arthritis (RA) wherever you are. “Why do I want to track how I feel?” you may ask. Tracking certain activities throughout the day can be helpful for identifying health ...more
Failure Risks of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

Failure Risks of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

Bone loss and subsequent implant failure are well known complications of metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implants. Researchers now think they know why. In an article published recently in the journal Biomaterials, German investigators say metal debris from the implants may affect the body’s ability to form new bone. A metal-on-metal hip implant consists of a ball and cup made of a cobalt and chromium alloy. Originally developed as a more durable alternative to implants with ceramic or polyethylene (plastic) components, MoM implants proved to be the opposite. In general, they have a much higher failure rate than implants made of other materials – ...more
Arthritis Foundation Funded Study finds Stem Cells Could Replace Hip Replacements for Osteoarthritis

Arthritis Foundation Funded Study finds Stem Cells Could Replace Hip Replacements for Osteoarthritis

There was exciting news out of the medical world earlier this week. Scientists have developed a way for stem cells to grow new cartilage on a scaffold shaped like the ball of a hip joint. What does that mean exactly? It means new research shows that it may be possible to avoid or delay hip replacements by repairing a damaged hip joint. To do this, they would create new cartilage using a patient’s adipose stem cells derived from liposuction. Although this study is in the early stages, it is a remarkable breakthrough in orthopedic and osteoarthritis research. Project lead, Dr. Farshid ...more
2016 Juvenile Arthritis Conference West a Success!

2016 Juvenile Arthritis Conference West a Success!

From the San Francisco bay to the shores of Boston, Massachusetts, over 1,000 children and their families, young adults and health care professionals descended upon the desert of Phoenix, Arizona for the 32nd Annual National Juvenile Arthritis Conference. The first of two JA Conferences this year hosted by the Arthritis Foundation brought together first time attendees and veteran families who have returned to the annual conference. “I’ve learned that no matter where you are in your journey, no matter what your diagnosis or reason for coming – your struggles, joys or everyday limitations – you will find hope here,” said Colleen ...more
Matt Iseman Shares Touching Video With Families at Juvenile Arthritis Conference

Matt Iseman Shares Touching Video With Families at Juvenile Arthritis Conference

As the iconic voice and host of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, Matt Iseman cheers on athletes every day as they weave their way through different obstacle courses and challenges. Last night at the Opening Dinner of the 2016 National Juvenile Arthritis Conference West in Phoenix, Arizona, Matt sent a touching video message to our JA Warriors full of hope and well wishes. Matt is an actor, host, comedian, physician and an adult with rheumatoid arthritis. As he says in his video, “I can only imagine what its like to be a kid or a teen with arthritis, or a parent or ...more
First of Two 2016 JA Conferences Begins Today!

First of Two 2016 JA Conferences Begins Today!

Today, families from around the nation are gathering in Phoenix, AZ, for our JA Conference WEST – the first of two national Juvenile Arthritis (JA) Conferences we are hosting this year. These two conferences give families, kids, teens and young adults affected by JA and other rheumatic diseases an opportunity to share time connecting, learning, sharing tips and forming bonds that can last a lifetime. More than 1,000 people are attending the first of our JA Conferences – held on the grounds of the Arizona Grand Resort. This week’s conference will kick of our 32nd annual gathering of JA families and offers a variety ...more
Study Shows Fatigue Persists in Some Cases Even When Rheumatoid Arthritis Is Controlled

Study Shows Fatigue Persists in Some Cases Even When Rheumatoid Arthritis Is Controlled

The fatigue that often accompanies rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can be as distressing and disabling as the pain – and often harder to treat. RA-related fatigue has been associated with molecules called cytokines that promote inflammation, such as tumor necrosis factor (TNF), and the use of biologics that block TNF have been shown to somewhat reduce fatigue. But a new study published online in the journal Rheumatology quantifies just how stubborn RA-related fatigue is – even when the disease itself is well controlled with an anti-TNF medication – and characterizes which patients are most likely to beat it. Researchers at the University ...more
Arthritis Foundation Advocate Testifies Before U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Arthritis Foundation Advocate Testifies Before U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Use of her hands meant everything. It’s how she saved lives. It’s how she provided for her family. Susan Behen, MD, trained in general surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital and held a specialty fellowship in colon surgery. For years she used her hands to perform all sorts of abdominal and laparoscopic surgeries. Then came the diagnosis – psoriatic arthritis. Getting a correct diagnosis was difficult. She saw a hand surgeon and physical therapist who prescribed exercise, splints and injections for tendinitis. It wasn’t until she saw a rheumatologist before things got better. For Dr. Behen, being diagnosed with arthritis meant the beginning of ...more
Young Advocates in Pennsylvania Speak Out

Young Advocates in Pennsylvania Speak Out

School is out, so now what do you do to engage your kids? On June 29, a number of parents took their families to Harrisburg, PA, to participate in the 2016 Pennsylvania Advocacy and Access Day. Some of the youth were already pros having attended previous advocacy days and our Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC. For others it was a first time experience. Advocates gathered in Harrisburg to be briefed on three priority issues: prior authorization, high out-of-pocket costs, and biosimilar substitution. Seven youth attendees came with their parents and participated in the advocacy training and legislative visits. Why do parents care ...more
Stronger Than JA: Strength In Numbers

Stronger Than JA: Strength In Numbers

Every day we come across kids and their families who are stronger than arthritis. We hear about their accomplishments, whether it is smiling through soreness, or receiving the game ball from a well-pitched baseball game. Earlier this year we came across a photo of two bright eyed, smiling faces enjoying their time together at a previous JA Conference. Not many 13 year olds can say they have friends across the country, but distance is nothing to Delaney Kuhns and Rhiannon Carter. Delaney and her mom, Kate, of Altoona, Iowa, have been attending the JA Conference since 2009 when Delaney was diagnosed ...more