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Make Gardening Easier With These Helpful Garden Tools

How does your garden grow? With ease if you use smart gardening gear for planting, watering, weeding and pruning. These helpful garden tools can help you turn on your green thumb. Planting: Reduce joint stress and increase leverage when gripping garden tools with the Fist Grip Long Reach Trowel, Cultivator, Fork and Hoe ($34 each). Each tool’s handle is more than 30 inches long to help prevent excessive bending and reaching. Give plants hands-on attention in comfort with the Garden Kneeler/Sitter ($50). The foam platform cushions knees and a sturdy metal frame with handles helps stabilize your movements while kneeling. When tending to raised beds, flip it ...more

Tips for Buying Pain-Free Sandals

Shoes that are flimsy can be a pain in the back (and the hips, knees and feet). When you're buying sandals, keep your cool with styles that do your body good. Here’s what to look for this season when buying pain-free sandals: Support:Proper support of the ball, arch and heel of your foot is paramount for those with arthritis, says Rex McCallum, MD, a rheumatologist and professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. Sandals with semirigid soles, backs and sides provide the right support. A rule of thumb: Avoid shoes that can be bent in half, ...more

Champion of Yes – It’s a Brand New Day at the Arthritis Foundation!

As you’re reading this blog, or if you’ve visited the Arthritis Foundation website today, you may have noticed we look a bit different. Today we’re entering a new chapter in our organization’s evolution – as we publicly unveil the Foundation’s Champion of Yes brand. While we are celebrating the unprecedented opportunities this transformation brings, we also recognize that there is much work to be done. With the support and leadership of our staff, volunteers and community, our new brand is going to help the Arthritis Foundation – and the mission we’re committed to – stand out more than ever before. But it ...more
Meet Joy Ross- Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Patient & Champion of Yes

Meet Joy Ross- Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Patient & Champion of Yes

When you’re living with arthritis, it might seem like you’re continually coming up against the things you can no longer do – so many “Nos” in your life. On top of ongoing pain, stiffness and fatigue, arthritis can create mobility problems that interfere with your career, social life or activities you’re passionate about. So what can you do to turn that around – to start saying “Yes” again? What enables some people with chronic illnesses to live full, satisfying lives despite their disease and limitations? Many factors come into play, and everyone’s situation is unique, but one quality that helps these people ...more

Injectable Methotrexate Recalled

The U.S. arm of the pharmaceutical company Mylan N.V., registered in the Netherlands, has voluntarily issued a nationwide recall of one lot of injectable methotrexate (USP 25 mg/mL) because of the possible presence of visible foreign particles. The recalled lot – No. 7801082 – was distributed in the United States between Jan. 16 and March 25, 2014, and was packaged by Agila Onco Therapies Limited, a Mylan company, with a Pfizer Injectables label. It was sold in 2mL bottles with an expiration date of July 2015. Methotrexate injections – used to treat inflammatory types of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and ...more
New Knee, New Hip, New Start- Melba Moore Overcoming Osteoarthritis

New Knee, New Hip, New Start- Melba Moore Overcoming Osteoarthritis

Singer and actress Melba Moore says her pain is gone and now she’s on top of the world. When Melba Moore recorded her 2013 single, “What Can I Do to Survive,” the iconic singer and actress couldn’t help but think that  it could serve as a theme song for her own life, with the physical and emotional challenges she’s overcome. With her scale-defying voice and ­incred­­­ible stage presence, few of Melba Moore’s fans realized that, for years as she was performing on Broadway and recording chart-topping songs, she was also battling intense arthritis pain in her left knee and right hip. “I became ...more
Best Selling Author, Haywood Smith -Writing Through The Pain

Best Selling Author, Haywood Smith -Writing Through The Pain

The first thing people notice when meeting best-selling author Haywood Smith is her warm smile and positive energy – which is remarkable considering all that the 63-year-old has been through. For instance, she’s battled chronic pain most of her life. Haywood has a genetic disorder: Her body produces too many T cells when exposed to yeasts, molds and fungi. As a result, her immune system goes into overdrive, causing an inflammatory response affecting her joints and pituitary system. It wasn’t until a few years ago that Haywood got a correct diagnosis – chronic fungal arthritis as a result of a T cell ...more
A Long Wait for Answers with JIA

A Long Wait for Answers with JIA

“I’ll never forget one night when she was crying in pain and rocking back and forth in her little rocking chair and said, ‘God, why won’t you help me? Mama, please help me!’” Amanda Vizier, of Jackson, Miss., endured an eight-month nightmare trying to find a correct diagnosis and treatment for her daughter, Chloe, now 8 years old. On Chloe’s sixth birthday, in 2010, she developed a rash. The doctor said it was probably some virus, and not to worry about it. Within a couple of days, she started running a fever and we went back to the doctor. Chloe was diagnosed with ...more
Alicia Arden Shares Journey to Losing 100+ Pounds with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Alicia Arden Shares Journey to Losing 100+ Pounds with Rheumatoid Arthritis

She makes no bones about: Alicia Arden is a diva in spandex. Nearly every day, she stretches on the Lycra and with perfectly coiffed hair leaves work and heads to the gym, where she works out for two hours to ease her rheumatoid arthritis (RA) symptoms and fight for her life, she says. But she wasn’t always so committed to improving her health. The Warrenton, Va., resident, who also has epilepsy, was severely overweight when she was diagnosed with RA in 2008. Barely able to walk due to the pain in her knees, hips and right shoulder, it took a hard ...more
Star Chef Seamus Mullen Sizzles Despite Rheumatoid Arthritis

Star Chef Seamus Mullen Sizzles Despite Rheumatoid Arthritis

Award-winning chef, cookbook author, owner of three New York restaurants and overseeing a fourth in London, Seamus Mullen, 40, seems unstoppable. But just a few years ago, he was battling pain from sometimes-debilitating rheumatoid arthritis (RA) – a disease that threatened his career and his future. When Arthritis Today first talked to Seamus in 2010, he was executive chef and partner of a trendy Spanish restaurant in New York City. It was a cloudy spring afternoon, and Seamus was in the kitchen prepping for the evening rush, facing the task of cutting up a 35-­pound lamb. He mentioned that his hands were ...more