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Synvisc-One Injections Recalled

Synvisc-One Injections Recalled

Biotech giant Sanofi Genzyme has initiated a voluntary product recall for one lot of Synvisc-One, a brand of hyaluronic acid. The lot, which was found to contain contamination, has been linked to an unexpected increase in side effects. In an urgent “product hold” letter, doctors, clinics and pharmacies who received syringes from that lot were instructed to immediately stop using the injections on patients until the company can investigate. “The voluntary product recall of one (1) lot of Synvisc One, lot 7RSL021, is due to an ongoing investigation which revealed the presence of microbial contamination,” said Sanofi spokesperson Heather Guzzi in ...more
Do's and Don'ts for Holiday Decorating

Do's and Don'ts for Holiday Decorating

Our readers share their do’s and don’ts for holiday decorating! Do a little at a time. Start early so you can take your time. —Yamile Santiago-Casiano Let others do the top of the tree. No need to climb ladders! Buy ornaments with hooks already on them. —Amy Grimm Think about what it takes to remove decorations as well as put them up. Sometimes that’s even harder. —Corinn Halvorsen Cut paper with scissors that let you skim the paper instead of cutting it so your hands don’t tire. —Lynn D. Schneer Let go of the guilt about not being able to put up a tree and ...more
Raquel Masco: Working Through the Pain

Raquel Masco: Working Through the Pain

Raquel Masco is no stranger to making the most out of a difficult situation. In fact, she’s made an entire career from dusting herself off and getting back on her feet. After leaving an unhealthy relationship to raise her child alone, Raquel decided she would help others in similar situations. She co-founded the nonprofit SingleMothers4Change and has spent the last several years ensuring single moms in her Texas community have the resources they need to build an amazing life. With her can-do attitude, it’s no surprise that an arthritis diagnosis didn’t keep her down. She’s determined to make the best of ...more
Study Finds Many More U.S. Adults Have Arthritis Than Previously Thought

Study Finds Many More U.S. Adults Have Arthritis Than Previously Thought

Arthritis might be far more common in the United States than previously thought, especially among adults younger than 65. That’s according to a new study published online in Arthritis & Rheumatology in November. Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) undertook the study because they suspected the current estimate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – which puts the number of adults with arthritis in the U.S. at around 54 million – might be too low. That estimate is based on a single question on the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) that asks whether survey participants have “ever ...more
An Early Look at the New Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment Guideline

An Early Look at the New Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment Guideline

Physicians will soon have a new guideline for the management of psoriatic arthritis (PsA). This ambitious undertaking, the details of which were presented recently at the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Annual Meeting, involved a large panel of experts who analyzed and synthesized the best available evidence to create and support the recommendations. The proposed guideline – which contains approximately 80 recommendations – will undergo final review prior to consideration for publication in 2018 in the journals Arthritis Care & Research and Arthritis & Rheumatism. It will help rheumatologists select treatments for their psoriatic arthritis patients based on the best available evidence, especially in light of all the new treatments recently approved for PsA by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A Need for a PsA Guideline?  “ had formal guidelines for PsA before, but now we have a lot of new treatment options for the management of this disease,” says Jasvinder Singh, MD, head of the panel ...more
Fuss-Free Holiday Party Foods

Fuss-Free Holiday Party Foods

By Jess Thomson Knowing that I’m a cookbook author with culinary school cred, people look forward to eating at our home during the holidays, but it brings a certain amount of pressure. My guests expect interesting, delicious home-cooked food. What they ­often don’t realize is that, as with many people who have arthritis, the combination of December weather and holiday stress usually means my lupus symptoms flare right when I need my body to cooperate. Holding a knife can be downright painful. So when I’m trying to fit party prep into my schedule, I make a few rules. First, I plan a ...more
Researchers on the Path to a Cure – Spotlight on Dr. Edward Doherty

Researchers on the Path to a Cure – Spotlight on Dr. Edward Doherty

Why is my immune system attacking my joints? What is the cause? If you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), this is something you have probably wondered at some point. It’s something Dr. Edward Doherty has wondered as well, and is currently studying. Dr. Doherty and his co-investigator, Dr. Pathricia Tilstam are studying key cells that drive inflammation in their 2-year Arthritis Foundation-funded project, “MIF/CD74 signaling as a new candidate for immunotherapy of rheumatoid arthritis”. With autoimmune disorders like RA, something triggers the immune system to malfunction and attack healthy cells, causing inflammation and disease. Dr. Doherty and Dr. Tilstam are looking ...more
Helpful Hints for the Holidays

Helpful Hints for the Holidays

Wrapping gifts and baking cookies can be a real challenge with arthritis pain and fatigue. We asked some experts for ways to make these time-honored holiday traditions easier and healthier. Smart Gift Wrapping Debbie Amini, of the American Occupational Therapy Association, recommends these tools and tricks to create pretty packages with less pain. Pick the right paper. Small rolls of paper are easier to maneuver than large ones. Better yet, choose paper in flat sheets instead of rolls. Make the cut. Reduce hand strain with Fiskars Titanium Easy Action Scissors No. 8 ($29, fiskars.com). The spring-action blades earned them the Arthritis Foundation’s Ease of ...more
Become a PARTNER to Help Find a Cure

Become a PARTNER to Help Find a Cure

Juvenile arthritis (JA) affects nearly 300,000 kids and families in the United States. Of all the forms of arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is the most common type of arthritis in children. For almost seven decades, the Arthritis Foundation has upheld our unwavering promise to assist them and their caregivers. In an ongoing effort to include the patient voice in everything we do, we’re asking you – patients, parents, loved ones and others with a connection to JIA – to tell us what JIA research matters to you. The Arthritis Foundation is a member of PARTNERS, a network of patients, parents, ...more
Platinum Ambassador Spotlight—Rebecca Gillett, Colorado

Platinum Ambassador Spotlight—Rebecca Gillett, Colorado

In 2016, I was fortunate to attend the Arthritis Foundation Advocacy Summit in Washington D.C. alongside some seasoned advocacy veterans from Denver. I had never met with my legislators or shared my story before, so it was a new experience. It was easy to “catch the bug” for advocacy being surrounded by so many other fellow arthritis patient advocates who want to make a difference for all of us. Raising awareness and fundraising for arthritis has been an integral part of my life for the past several years, but advocacy has become an even greater passion. This year, I achieved ...more