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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
Even a Little Exercise Helps Arthritis Pain and Function

Even a Little Exercise Helps Arthritis Pain and Function

Just 45 minutes a week of moderate to vigorous exercise may help improve or maintain a high level of function for people with osteoarthritis (OA), according to study published online recently in Arthritis Care & Research. Current guidelines from the Department of Health and Human Services for adults recommend a minimum of 150 minutes per week of physical activity, which has been shown to help prevent heart disease, depression, osteoporosis, diabetes and colon and breast cancer as well as to prolong life. Fewer than half of Americans meet these standards, however, and many people with arthritis are even less physically active ...more
Matt Iseman is in the Final Challenge on The New Celebrity Apprentice — And He Needs Your Help!

Matt Iseman is in the Final Challenge on The New Celebrity Apprentice — And He Needs Your Help!

This is it! Matt Iseman has made it all the way to the final four on "The New Celebrity Apprentice," and he is undeniably a front-runner in the competition. As Laila Ali puts it, "He's so likeable. He's never made it to the boardroom, so whatever it is, it's working." Week 6 kicked off with Team Prima, with Brooke Burke-Charvet and Boy George, and Team Arete, with Matt Iseman and Laila Ali, creating a product presentation for Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company to pitch to a focus group. Team Arete's pitch focused largely on real-life moments, and the scenery was filled with ...more
Arthritis 101 and Prescription for Access – Making Sure Your Voice is Heard!

Arthritis 101 and Prescription for Access – Making Sure Your Voice is Heard!

Arthritis knows no political affiliation. It affects more than 50 million adults and an estimated 300,000 kids in the U.S., regardless of where they live or for whom they voted. We want to assure you that your voice is being heard by both Republicans and Democrats, especially as lawmakers consider changes to our healthcare system. On January 31, 2017, we hosted a Congressional briefing with the American College of Rheumatology. Entitled, “Arthritis 101,” this program was for new and returning members of Congress, to educate them about the devastating effects of arthritis and the barriers that affect access to affordable care. Arthritis ...more
Researchers on the Path to a Cure - Spotlight on Dr. Farshid Guilak

Researchers on the Path to a Cure - Spotlight on Dr. Farshid Guilak

In July, we reported on Dr. Farshid Guilak’s remarkable breakthrough in orthopedic and osteoarthritis research. That research found a way to grow new cartilage on a hip joint shaped scaffold, using stem cells. His current Arthritis Foundation-funded project, “Engineering New Biologic Therapies for Arthritis,” is just as trailblazing. Dr. Guilak is working on an “arthritis vaccine.” It’s a way to deliver customized drug treatment and cell repair through the use of a biologic product. His current research has created smart stem cells. “Stem cells don’t target specific areas,” said Dr. Guilak. “We are (genetically) reprogramming stem cells to do what we want ...more