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Panel Recommends Aggressive Treat-to-Target Approach to Gout

Panel Recommends Aggressive Treat-to-Target Approach to Gout

An international panel of leading gout experts has published new recommendations advising that doctors use a treat-to-target approach for managing gout, a painful form of arthritis that affects more than 8 million adults in the United States. Central to the recommendations is using medication to reduce and keep blood uric acid levels below 6 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) – and even lower in people with severe gout. The recommendations were published online in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases in September. Treat-to-target – a method in which doctors identify specific targets relevant to a disease and adjust medications until that target is ...more
21st Century Cures Act Passes House of Representatives – A Big Win for the Arthritis Community

21st Century Cures Act Passes House of Representatives – A Big Win for the Arthritis Community

Thanks in large part to the hard work of our Advocates, the 21st Century Cures Act passed the House of Representatives on Nov. 30, clearing a major hurdle as the bill moves closer to enactment. If enacted, this comprehensive bill will improve access to life-changing care through several initiatives including: $6.3 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health and US Food & Drug Administration to carry out additional research and drug approval. Support for programs to attract scientists into the research field. Provisions that will make research findings and related information available to other researchers. Assurances that juvenile ...more
Unique Fundraiser Pays Off for National Jingle Bell Run Youth Honoree Max Larsen

Unique Fundraiser Pays Off for National Jingle Bell Run Youth Honoree Max Larsen

Max Larsen When Max Larsen wants to raise funds to cure arthritis, he goes all out. As the 2016 National Jingle Bell Run Youth Honoree, Max and Team to the MAX held one of his largest and the nation’s most unique fundraisers on October 8. Max’s annual fundraiser, Big Ox Plop Bingo, raised funds to get him closer to his $50,000 fundraising goal and 75 people joined his team! Max Larsen was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis when he was 8-years-old, and ever since, he has been determined to find a cure. Now 13, Max has undergone many treatments, including physical therapy ...more
You Can Help Change 50 Million Lives on Giving Tuesday

You Can Help Change 50 Million Lives on Giving Tuesday

The Arthritis Foundation is participating in Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. Arthritis is serious. It can even be life-threatening. It compromises the livelihood and outlook of the people it affects. Each day and all year long we help people with arthritis overcome everyday obstacles while working to conquer arthritis once and for all. The arthritis community depends on us for daily support and long-term hope. Today, we ask for your support to help us make an even bigger impact on the lives of more than 50 million Americans, including 300,000 children. Every dollar counts. Donations from people like you ...more
Arthritis Advocate Gives Patient Perspective on Access to Care at Congressional Briefing

Arthritis Advocate Gives Patient Perspective on Access to Care at Congressional Briefing

For 14 years, Elizabeth Krempley has lived with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). She has also lived with the difficulty of affording the high cost of her medications and the burden of getting her medications covered by insurers. She has not always been able to take her drugs as a result of those difficulties, resulting in adverse health consequences. Elizabeth KrempleyArthritis Foundation Advocate As an Arthritis Foundation Advocate, Elizabeth spoke this week at a Congressional briefing on high out-of-pocket prescription drug costs. Elizabeth is a member of the Metro DC Local Leadership Board and has been a member of the local Advocacy Committee ...more
It’s Official: Matt Iseman Announces He Will Be Fighting for the Arthritis Foundation on “The New Celebrity Apprentice”!

It’s Official: Matt Iseman Announces He Will Be Fighting for the Arthritis Foundation on “The New Celebrity Apprentice”!

He’s a standup comedian, a doctor (yes – a real doctor!), a Princeton grad, and he helps people conquer obstacles as co-host of “American Ninja Warrior,” among other things. That’s a pretty amazing resume. As if that wasn’t enough, Matt Iseman also conquers his own personal battles every day, because he has arthritis. Matt has been living with rheumatoid arthritis for years, and through his experiences, he has become a family member to us. He joins us at events across the country and has been a friend and partner in advocating for arthritis awareness and more – helping us raise ...more
Key Highlights and Takeaways from the 2016 ACR Annual Meeting

Key Highlights and Takeaways from the 2016 ACR Annual Meeting

The American College of Rheumatology’s (ACR) Annual Meeting, which just wrapped up in Washington, D.C., saw record attendance, with about 17,000 attendees from around the world, upward of 3,000 abstracts and more than 250 scientific sessions. It is not possible to capture everything that happened in one blog post, but we do want to share some of the interesting highlights we saw and heard there. Cardiovascular Risks One common theme was how patients with inflammatory arthritis (IA) – such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) – are undertreated for risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high ...more
Gifted Athlete Won’t Let Arthritis Stop Her – Becomes Hammer Throw Champ

Gifted Athlete Won’t Let Arthritis Stop Her – Becomes Hammer Throw Champ

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Erika Mitchell never thought she’d have to make lemonade. As a talented high school track star, she was recruited to Alabama State University to compete in the heptathlon – a track and field competition that involves numerous running, jumping and throwing events. “In heptathlon, you don’t dominate in only a few events, like Usain Bolt,” explains Erika. “It’s more about being good at several different events including the hurdles, high jump, long and short distance running, shot put and javelin. It’s about being a really good overall athlete.” Erika immersed herself in heptathlon training, fine tuning ...more
Constant Commitment in the Wake of Transition

Constant Commitment in the Wake of Transition

It has been a year of great transition for our country; one marked by contentious debates and perspectives, months of uncertainty regarding the future of our nation’s leadership, and ambiguity around a wide range of issues, including universal health care coverage. Although to a much lesser extent, it has also been a year of great transition for the Arthritis Foundation. We have gone through an enterprise-wide strategic realignment to create greater efficiencies and deeper impact at the local level, and have evaluated the impact of our programs and initiatives to ensure we are always prioritizing the things that mean the most ...more
Fatigued? Boost Your Energy With These Tips

Fatigued? Boost Your Energy With These Tips

Your arthritis has you exhausted. Instead of dealing with all-day weariness and forgoing activities because you don’t have the stamina, learn some tricks for getting instant energy boosters to fight fatigue from arthritis: Turn up the tunes. Listen to your favorite playlist on the way to work, or sing along with your grandkids’ choices. Researchers have found that listening to music helps boost energy and stimulates positive thinking. Straighten up. Bad posture can slowly sap your energy. According to the International Chiropractors Association, slouching requires your muscles to work harder to hold up your body, and that can lead to fatigue. Just 15 minutes ...more