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Pennsylvania Arthritis Advocates Achieve Biosimilar Substitution Success!

Pennsylvania Arthritis Advocates Achieve Biosimilar Substitution Success!

Devon Salasin is a junior at Penn State University and a talented snow skier. So good, that she recently placed 23rd out of 107 skiers at the National Collegiate Alpine Race. But skiing wasn’t always fun or easy for Devon. In 2011, Devon was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA). Overnight she went from a carefree kid pursuing her snow ski racing passion to a kid burdened with pain, swollen and deteriorating joints, and fatigue. Devon had difficulty finding a medication that effectively treated her arthritis. She tried and failed three different biologic drugs before finding one that worked. Two years later, ...more
Iowa Teen with Arthritis is an Ace on and Off the Tennis Court

Iowa Teen with Arthritis is an Ace on and Off the Tennis Court

You would never know by watching Kyle Elmore’s backhand shot that the 14-year-old athlete from Iowa has polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). Kyle was diagnosed with JIA two years ago, but he decided that he was not going to let arthritis stop him from doing what he loves. The Elmore family’s journey to a diagnosis was long and frustrating. “I remember experiencing a lot of pain in my knees and ankles, especially in the morning,” says Kyle. “My knees were so swollen that you couldn’t see my knee caps!” After six months of inconclusive lab tests and many visits to specialists, Kyle ...more
Drug Combination May Slow Ankylosing Spondylitis in Some Cases

Drug Combination May Slow Ankylosing Spondylitis in Some Cases

For people with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) – a type of inflammatory arthritis that primarily affects the pelvis and spine – a pair of recent studies is shedding light on the possible benefits of a combination treatment with a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and a tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor (a type of biologic drug). In AS, chronic inflammation in the sacroiliac joints (in the pelvis) and in the joints and ligaments along the spine creates pain and stiffness. During the early stages of the disease, joint damage may not be apparent in X-rays. (In these cases, the condition is called nonradiographic ...more
100 Miles for a Cure: Cycling in the RiverRide 100

100 Miles for a Cure: Cycling in the RiverRide 100

Introducing the first nation-wide RiverRide 100 bike riding challenge, created for riders of all skill levels, anywhere in the nation! Founded by Jeff Krakoff in 2013, this year’s RiverRide 100 is open to anyone, anywhere, with any level of bike-riding ability, and all proceeds from the challenge benefit the Arthritis Foundation to help: Raise funds to support advocacy efforts and improve access to arthritis care Provide tools and resources to help people with arthritis live better Fund critical research to investigate new diagnostic tools, treatments and ultimately, find a cure for arthritis Don’t have a bike? Don’t like to ride outside? No problem – ...more
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