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A Healing Touch: The Benefits of Massage for Arthritis

Diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) when she was just eight years old, Camille has her treatment regimen down pat -- medicine, movement and massage. “My rheumatologist recommended that I try getting a massage to deal with some of the more stubborn knots I have in my joints,” says Camille, who is now 24. “I have always loved getting massages, and they have helped my arthritis in ways I would have never guessed.” As the benefits of massage become better known, more and more people like Camille are turning to regular massages to control pain and de-stress. Though often characterized as an ...more
Awareness, Community and a Cure: Why We Give

Awareness, Community and a Cure: Why We Give

Going to overnight camp for the first time is a major milestone in a child’s life -- often one that is more difficult for the parents than the child, admits Matt Mooney, a volunteer for the Arthritis Foundation. “I think sending Katherine to camp was a little harder on me and her mom,” says Matt. “Katherine ran right in to play with her friends.” Diagnosed with juvenile arthritis (JA) at just two years old, Matt’s daughter Katherine, now six, is attending the Arthritis Foundation’s Camp AcheAway for the first time. Camp AcheAway is an overnight camp in Georgia created specifically for children ...more

1,400 Miles for 300,000 Children - Jen and Keegan Hit the Road!

And, they’re off! This morning, Jen and her partner Keegan took off from Queens, N.Y. on their 1,400 mile tandem bike ride down the east coast. Their journey will take them to the Juvenile Arthritis Conference in Orlando. While Jen admits that the next 17 days are going to be quite the journey, at the forefront of her mind as the miles pass will be the 300,000 children who are on a journey of a different kind -- juvenile arthritis (JA). Diagnosed with JA when before she was even one year old, Jen has made a lot of friends in the ...more
Skin Protection Tips for Psoriatic Arthritis

Skin Protection Tips for Psoriatic Arthritis

Keeping disease activity under control with disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs and biologics is an important part of managing the skin symptoms of psoriatic arthritis. But many lifestyle habits can help or worsen psoriasis.  Here are 9 self-care tips that can relieve symptoms and promote healthier skin. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. One of the best remedies for scaling skin is moisture.  Applying moisturizers frequently can relieve dryness and itching and promote healing, particularly in cold, dry weather. The best one for you will depend on how dry your skin is – the thicker the product the more moisture it will hold in, says Steven R. ...more
July Is National Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

July Is National Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

Each year at this time, we commemorate the estimated 300,000 children and their families in the United States who face the everyday challenges of living with juvenile arthritis (JA) and related diseases. Juvenile arthritis is an umbrella term used to describe the many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions or pediatric rheumatic diseases that can develop in children and teens. The various types of juvenile arthritis share many common symptoms, like pain, joint swelling, redness and warmth, but each type of JA is distinct and has its own unique characteristics and how it affects the body. Common Types of Juvenile Arthritis Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) Considered the most common form ...more
Kelli Schandel: Why I'm a Massage Envy Member

Kelli Schandel: Why I'm a Massage Envy Member

Oh, Massage Envy, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways! Massage Envy Spa has raised more than $3 million in events to help the 50 million Americans, including 300,000 children affected by the disease. I am one of those 50 million. I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis sixteen years ago at the age of 26. With my diagnosis came fear and a misunderstanding that arthritis was an old person’s disease. I didn’t want to accept that I had arthritis. I was young and had always been an active person. I played sports my entire life and went ...more
Your Body’s Internal Clock Affects Arthritis Symptoms

Your Body’s Internal Clock Affects Arthritis Symptoms

Like most people with arthritis, you probably have symptoms that are better at some times of day than others. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is usually worse in the morning, for instance, whereas gout more frequently flares in the evening, and pain from fibromyalgia (like other conditions) is more intense after a poor night’s sleep. Researchers believe these variations in the timing and severity of arthritis symptoms may result from disruptions in circadian rhythms – the 24-hour cycles of biologic activity that regulate sleep, immune response and many other functions.  Cortisol: At the Heart of the Matter Maurizio Cutolo, MD, a professor of rheumatology ...more
Making Progress: Arthritis Foundation and FDA Meet to Make a Difference for Those with OA

Making Progress: Arthritis Foundation and FDA Meet to Make a Difference for Those with OA

With several years gone by since the last drug for osteoarthritis (OA) was approved, the 27 million Americans with OA are ready to hear Yes when it comes to new therapies and diagnostic tests for OA. Fortunately, this past May, Arthritis Foundation met with Janet Woodcock, the Director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and her colleagues. A representative from the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) also attended the meeting. The goal of the meeting was to discuss how the organizations can work together to design and implement new ...more
Being a Champion of Yes Sometimes Means Shouting -Yes!

Being a Champion of Yes Sometimes Means Shouting -Yes!

By now, news of the Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the King v. Burwell ruling has resonated throughout the media and permeated our daily conversations with friends, co-workers and family. As an organization focused on the mission of leading the fight for the arthritis community, we prefer to direct our efforts and energies toward issues that will improve the lives of people living with arthritis and steer clear of polarizing political issues that serve only to divide us and slow progress. However, this ruling is not a political issue for the Arthritis ...more
1,400 miles for 300,000 Children : Jen Bikes Down the Coast to Juvenile Arthritis Conference

1,400 miles for 300,000 Children : Jen Bikes Down the Coast to Juvenile Arthritis Conference

Like many people, Jen Horonjeff is traveling this summer. Don’t look for her on any planes or trains, though. Jen is making the trip from New York City to Orlando -- all on her bike. Diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) when she was just 11 months old, Jen is finalizing plans to ride on a tandem bike with her partner from her home in New York City to the Arthritis Foundation’s Juvenile Arthritis Conference in Orlando. The trip, more than 1,400 miles, will take approximately 17 days. Jen plans to travel along the east coast for the duration of the trip. ...more