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World Arthritis Day 2019

World Arthritis Day 2019

Join the Community, Expand the Movement Although arthritis is one of the most common diseases in the world, most people haven’t heard much about it. Or they don’t know what it really is or how it affects those who live with it. In a Harris Poll of 2,000 adults in the U.S. on behalf of the Arthritis Foundation, only 7% of them knew that arthritis is the country’s #1 cause of disability. A whopping 85% said the disease needs more attention. As someone who lives with arthritis every day, you can help elevate arthritis awareness on Oct. 12 — World Arthritis Day. ...more
Bonnie Simpson Mason Used to Mend Bones. Now She Nurtures Dreams.

Bonnie Simpson Mason Used to Mend Bones. Now She Nurtures Dreams.

Bonnie Simpson Mason, MD, faces the conference room in a power pose, hands on hips, and the medical students rise from their seats to copy her stance. Poised and confident, genial but firm, she shares her tips for success: “Be an initiator. Be a problem-solver. Be resourceful. Be that person who’s there early, who stays late, who’s always enthusiastic.” Dr. Mason herself is all of that. Those attributes helped her become an orthopedic surgeon – an African American woman in a highly competitive, male-dominated field. And when rheumatoid arthritis (RA) made it too difficult to continue, those qualities helped her continue ...more
Open Enrollment: Q&A to Help You Get Ready

Open Enrollment: Q&A to Help You Get Ready

Hi! I’m Tara, and I’m a social worker for the Arthritis Foundation Helpline. When I’m not at work, you can usually find me in the garden. Over more than 20 years as a social worker, I’ve had many roles helping people. At the Arthritis Foundation. I’ve answered thousands of questions about arthritis, how to manage it and the best ways to get and pay for care. You may start to notice a lot of commercials and billboards touting “open enrollment” health insurance coverage benefits. With all the dates, benefits, costs and abundance of other information, it can feel overwhelming. Chances are ...more
Developing New Treatments for Kids With Arthritis

Developing New Treatments for Kids With Arthritis

Developing new treatments for kids with arthritis is challenging. Drugs that work for adults may not work the same way in children. Ask any pediatrician and they will remind you that kids are not just small adults. Children are still growing and developing. They are different sizes and at different stages of development, which makes dosing and safety considerations more challenging. The types of additional medical conditions children experience may be very different from the conditions seen in adults. Add to these considerations the fact that juvenile arthritis (JA) is considered a group of rare diseases; in the U.S., fewer than ...more
The Arthritis Foundation Announces Funding Opportunities for OA Researchers & Fellowship Programs

The Arthritis Foundation Announces Funding Opportunities for OA Researchers & Fellowship Programs

The Arthritis Foundation announces funding opportunities for two of our scientific pillar programs. These programs use patient and peer review committees for their decision-making process. Researchers and fellowship directors interested in applying for these awards should view the full application on proposalCENTRAL. Advancing Osteoarthritis (OA) Treatments: Clinical Trial Network Request for Proposals (RFP) The first opportunity for funding is extended to researchers through the OA virtual Center of Excellence (OA vCOE). The center oversees our Clinical Trial Network, bringing together researchers interested in finding new treatments and cures for osteoarthritis, which is the most prevalent form of the disease. The OA vCOE ...more
Meet YOUR Patient Leadership Council

Meet YOUR Patient Leadership Council

The things that matter most to you in your journey with arthritis help pave the way to the education, resources and research that are needed to help you live your best life. The Arthritis Foundation’s Patient Leadership Council (PLC) serves as the voice of people living with various types of arthritis, representing what matters most to people like you. Each of the 12 members of the PLC has a form of arthritis – OA, RA, JIA, lupus, scleroderma. They hail from all over the United States, from New York to Washington, California to Indiana, Kansas to Texas. Each of them has ...more
The New Arthritis Foundation CBD Guidance  for Adults with Arthritis

The New Arthritis Foundation CBD Guidance for Adults with Arthritis

You may have noticed that CBD-based products have become almost as mainstream and as ubiquitous as pumpkin spice is this time of year. Touted as the magic ingredient in beauty products and snack foods, CBD (cannabidiol) seems to offer something for everyone. People with arthritis pain want to know: Is there something in it for me? Driven almost exclusively by marketing and word of mouth, with very little science to back it up, CBD has become the buzz among people with arthritis looking for pain relief. That’s what got the attention of Natalie Azar, MD, a rheumatologist and medical contributor for NBC ...more
2019 Live Yes! Conference of Champions — Looking Out for Arthritis Patients

2019 Live Yes! Conference of Champions — Looking Out for Arthritis Patients

The 2019 Live Yes! Conference of Champions — held in Atlanta, Sept. 13-15 — highlighted the life-changing resources and powerful connections the Arthritis Foundation makes possible in the fight against arthritis.We’re focused on ways we can help more people with arthritis — like you or a loved one — live your best life. And that’s why this powerful networking of top volunteers, patient partners, sponsors and other supporters was so vital to changing the future of this life-altering disease, which affects more than 54 million Americans of all ages. The conference provided engaging experiences, sparked lively conversations and celebrated our collective ...more
2019 Evening of Honors: Best of the Best Among Arthritis Volunteers

2019 Evening of Honors: Best of the Best Among Arthritis Volunteers

The 2019 Live Yes! Conference of Champions, Sept. 13-15, sparked conversation, learning and celebration. Many Arthritis Warriors joined top volunteers, partners and other supporters of the arthritis movement to move our crucial work ahead. Ultimately, this ongoing work will help even more people with arthritis live their best life. As a highlight of the conference, the Arthritis Foundation’s 2019 Evening of Honors was held in Atlanta on Sept. 13. There, we recognized Champions of Yes who have demonstrated what’s possible. The special evening was hosted for the second year in a row by Pete Scalia, co-anchor of WBNC 10TV’s “This Morning” ...more
Out-of-Pocket Costs: An Out-of-this-World Problem

Out-of-Pocket Costs: An Out-of-this-World Problem

Let’s face it: out-of-pocket costs for patients with chronic diseases like arthritis are consuming an ever-growing share of household spending. Lowering drug prices has been a central priority of Congress and the Administration this year, and while a lot of attention is paid to drug companies and insurers, the impact on the patient often gets lost. There may be a lot of chatter about list prices, rebates, and other technical terms, but at the end of the day the health care price that matters most to patients is the one coming out of their own pocket. Managing your health costs starts ...more