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Arthritis Foundation Awards Funding to Researchers on the Path to a Cure

Arthritis Foundation Awards Funding to Researchers on the Path to a Cure

Committed to accelerating the search for new solutions to arthritis, the Arthritis Foundation has awarded nearly $5.5 million in scientific research funding to 11 individuals we’re confident can help get us there. Our 2015 request for “Delivering on Discovery” proposals resulted in 167 submissions from across the United States and Canada. A panel of advisors selected the proposals they felt showed the greatest promise of achieving a faster cure for one or more types of arthritis. The winning proposals, which range in amounts from $216,000 to $1.35 million, cover a diversity of topics and include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis and ...more
8 Ways to Fight Fatigue With Food

8 Ways to Fight Fatigue With Food

When you’re fighting chronic pain, depression and too little sleep, you need easy ways to boost your energy. Start with how – and what – you’re eating. There are many reasons your energy may flag throughout the day: disease-related fatigue, medication side effects, pain that wears you out, depression, poor sleep and even inactivity. But you may be surprised to learn that some of your eating habits can sap your energy, too. Get on the right track with these smart eating tips for an energy boost. 1. Don't Go Hungry The body needs energy to expend energy. That's why when you skip meals, ...more
FDA Approves Biologic Secukinumab for Ankylosing Spondylitis and Psoriatic Arthritis

FDA Approves Biologic Secukinumab for Ankylosing Spondylitis and Psoriatic Arthritis

The dawn of 2016 brought with it the arrival of a new medication option for patients struggling to control symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA). The medication, secukinumab (Cosentyx), was already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of psoriasis, a condition that causes the skin to form scaly patches that are often itchy and painful. Now FDA has given doctors the go-ahead to prescribe secukinumab to people with AS and PsA, two forms of inflammatory arthritis that can be a challenge to manage. Secukinumab, an injectible biologic, belongs to an emerging subgroup ...more
Crocheting for a Cause: Juliette Harrison Handcrafts Animals for Children with Arthritis

Crocheting for a Cause: Juliette Harrison Handcrafts Animals for Children with Arthritis

When you’re feeling down, almost nothing feels better than a snuggle with your favorite friend. Nobody knows that better than Juliette Harrison. At just eleven years old, Juliette was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis (JA), an inflammatory disease that affects nearly 300,000 children in the United States. With the telltale red joints and persistent pain, she was forced to scale back on many of the activities she loves, like horseback riding and running. Understandably, Juliette was sad and in need of a special friend to take with her to all of the doctor’s appointments in her future. But, it couldn’t be just ...more
Research Shows Apples Can Cut Cholesterol and Inflammation

Research Shows Apples Can Cut Cholesterol and Inflammation

Whoever first said “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” was onto something. Research suggests that eating some apple on a daily basis might lower levels of cholesterol as well as C-reactive protein (CRP), a key marker of inflammation in the blood. In a 2012 study of 160 women ages 45 to 65, half of the participants ate three-quarters of a cup of dried apples every day for a year, and the other half ate a cup of prunes – each 240 calories. Within six months, the apple eaters’ LDL (bad) cholesterol decreased 23 percent, their HDL (good) cholesterol increased 4 ...more
Stopping Osteoarthritis with Statins?

Stopping Osteoarthritis with Statins?

Recent research shows that statins -- the drugs people take to lower their cholesterol -- may also lower their chances of getting osteoarthritis or delay its progression. Traditionally, treatment for osteoarthritis (OA) has been limited to relieving symptoms and replacing joints with prostheses once they become irreparably damaged. However, researchers are actively looking for treatments that will not only ease OA’s pain and stiffness, but will slow, stop – or even prevent – the progression of joint damage. Statins may be one possible answer. Proof That Statins May Work Against OA  Several studies have found that all other things being equal (age, weight, ...more
Find Your Voice: Registration for the 2016 Advocacy Summit is Now Open

Find Your Voice: Registration for the 2016 Advocacy Summit is Now Open

Each year, the Arthritis Foundation hosts its Advocacy Summit, which allows people from all around the nation to come together and learn how to communicate with lawmakers and advocate for people with arthritis. The Advocacy Summit creates opportunities to meet with and build relationships with members of Congress while telling your story and taking tangible steps to improve access to care and awareness of the issues and barriers facing the arthritis community. Find your voice. You can help us conquer arthritis! Video: Hear From Our Advocates & Community Why You Should Join Us The 2016 Advocacy Summit is March 14th - March 15th at the Crystal ...more
Olive Oil Reduces Arthritis Inflammation

Olive Oil Reduces Arthritis Inflammation

While tasting extra-virgin olive oils in Sicily, Gary Beauchamp, PhD, director of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, noticed a ticklish, peppery sensation in the back of his throat. It was nearly identical to the “sting” he’d felt when swallowing a liquid form of NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen and aspirin, during previous sensory studies. Beauchamp detected a connection between the olive oil and inflammation. Further studies revealed that a compound in the oil, called oleocanthal, prevents the production of pro-inflammatory COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes – the same way ibuprofen works. “By inhibiting these enzymes, inflammation and the increase in pain sensitivity ...more
Health Benefits of Ginger for Arthritis

Health Benefits of Ginger for Arthritis

Do you keep ginger in your spice cabinet? Maybe it should be in your medicine cabinet. Besides being a tasty spice often used to enhance holiday treats, ginger can soothe upset stomachs and diminish nausea, and studies show it may help pain and inflammation, too. In fact, a University of Miami study concluded that ginger extract could one day be a substitute to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The study compared the effects of a highly concentrated ginger extract to placebo in 247 patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. The ginger reduced pain and stiffness in knee joints by 40 percent ...more
More than Just Aches and Pains - Kmac Fights her Biggest Battle with Arthritis Yet

More than Just Aches and Pains - Kmac Fights her Biggest Battle with Arthritis Yet

152. That’s the number of days Kristen McAllister, also known as Kmac, spent in the hospital in 2015. That’s 152 days out of school, away from friends and way out of her comfort zone. But, 152 days represents a mere fraction of the battle Kristen, now 21 years old, has been fighting since she was child. At just 10 years old, Kristen faced her first surgery to remove rheumatoid nodules from her knee and hand. By the time she turned 11, Kristen had several painful joints, was often fatigued and dealt with unexplained fevers. A three-month course of antibiotics seemed to ...more