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Show Us How YOU #AdvocateforArthritis

Show Us How YOU #AdvocateforArthritis

Platinum Ambassador Assembly Social Campaign Did you know that the first ever Platinum Ambassador Assembly is taking place in Washington, DC this March 12-13? There, our most highly engaged grassroots Ambassadors will gather together to be the voice for arthritis on Capitol Hill. We’re calling on you to help amplify the voice of our Platinum Ambassador Assembly by participating virtually in our #AdvocateforArthritis social media campaign on Tuesday, March 13. On that day Platinum Ambassador Assembly participants will be on Capitol Hill to meet their elected officials and their staff in person to discuss legislative priorities like reforming burdensome step therapy practices, ...more
Researchers on the Path to a Cure -  Spotlight on Dr. Xiaojuan Li

Researchers on the Path to a Cure - Spotlight on Dr. Xiaojuan Li

Osteoarthritis (OA) affects over 30 million people and is the most common cause of disability in adults in the U.S. The Arthritis Foundation has set the goal of advancing OA treatments as one of its highest priorities, making it one of the Foundation’s four scientific initiatives. To do this, we have created the OA Center of Excellence (COE), where researchers from around the county can join the Clinical Trial Network to work together to accelerate the development of new OA therapies. The OA COE is currently funding three Clinical Trial Network demonstration studies that may lead to better diagnosis and earlier ...more
Cheat Sheets: One-Pan Meals for Healthy Eating

Cheat Sheets: One-Pan Meals for Healthy Eating

Cook a whole, healthy meal on a single baking sheet for maximum ease and minimal clean-up. Just toss a few ingredients with a little oil and seasonings on a pan and pop the whole thing in the oven. Start with these speedy meals – they are as delicious as they are fuss-free. Chicken Fajita Heat oven to 425 F. Place 1 pound whole multicolored mini bell peppers, 1 pint grape tomatoes and 1 sliced red onion on a sheet pan; toss with 2 teaspoons oil. Arrange 1½ pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs among vegetables and sprinkle 1 tablespoon fajita seasoning over ...more
Banish a Bad Mood

Banish a Bad Mood

No one is immune to bad moods. Whether a minor inconvenience like a traffic jam ruins an upbeat mood or major worries cause a serious case of the blues, a bad mood feels, well, bad. When you sense a bad mood brewing, these six research-backed techniques may help, even if you’re dealing with chronic stress or depression. Take a Walk Moderate exercise helped ease feelings of sadness after a distressing event, according to a 2016 study published in Cognition and Emotion. Research also has shown that moderate aerobic exercise may alleviate depression. “ may help people be more emotionally flexible, meaning ...more
Growing Shortage of Rheumatologists “Very Concerning”

Growing Shortage of Rheumatologists “Very Concerning”

New research predicts that the existing shortage of rheumatologists will worsen over the next decade, while the demand for arthritis specialists will continue to grow. “In 10 years, we will have a significant challenge in America to take care of the demands of rheumatology care. Every region in the U.S. will be negatively affected by far less rheumatologists than we think will be optimal,” says Daniel F. Battafarano, DO, division director, Rheumatology Service, San Antonio Military Medical Center in Texas. Dr. Battafarano was the lead author of one article and senior author of a second article recently published online in Arthritis ...more
Go Hybrid for Your Arthritis Workout

Go Hybrid for Your Arthritis Workout

Yogalates. Gyrotonics. Piloxing. They may be hard to pronounce, but fusion workouts – which combine moves from two or more disciplines, such as yoga and Pilates (yogalates) or water aerobics and tai chi (ai chi) – are increasingly popular. “People love fusion fitness because it’s challenging and novel,” says Jessica Matthews, group fitness expert and spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) in San Diego and a fitness trainer who has trained people with arthritis. But is it safe and worth your time? Fusion workouts can introduce you to other forms of exercise. Plus, “if you enjoy a particular type of ...more
Getting a Head Start on Arthritis Awareness Month: PopSockets Is Helping Move the Needle

Getting a Head Start on Arthritis Awareness Month: PopSockets Is Helping Move the Needle

Order your phone grip by March 31, 2018 to support the Arthritis Foundation! Though National Arthritis Month isn’t until May, the Arthritis Foundation is already putting an even brighter spotlight on America’s #1 cause of disability. 2018 marks the Arthritis Foundation’s 70th anniversary. As always, we’re standing up for people with arthritis, raising awareness about the disease and providing practical help and support to the growing number of Americans who battle this debilitating condition. We’ve achieved amazing milestones through the years. What makes raising arthritis awareness in May any different from the rest of the year? Because in May, many partners help amplify ...more
Can Your Shoe Choice Help – or Hurt – Your Arthritis?

Can Your Shoe Choice Help – or Hurt – Your Arthritis?

It is clear that physical activity is one of the best ways to combat osteoarthritis pain—but how important are your shoes, and which should you be wearing? In addition to traditional treatment methods for OA, which include medication, physical therapy and even surgery, doctors now know that footwear can play an important role in knee OA. Marian T. Hannan, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass., has conducted research about foot mechanics and pain in the knee. “It is impressive to think that makes a difference,” says Hannan. “Whether it’s their foot or brain or the ...more
Paying for Alternative Medicine

Paying for Alternative Medicine

If you’ve tried acupuncture, therapeutic massage or other complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments to ease your arthritis symptoms, you’re not alone. About a third of U.S. adults use some form of CAM therapy, at an estimated out-of-pocket cost of $30.2 billion in 2012, according to a National Health Interview Survey. This number represents only 1.1% of total health care spending, but it’s more than 9% of total out-of-pocket health care expenses. Countless studies have shown that certain CAM therapies may help reduce the pain and disability associated with arthritis and related conditions, yet health insurance often doesn’t cover them. Here ...more
Daily Tasks Get Harder for Women with RA After Menopause

Daily Tasks Get Harder for Women with RA After Menopause

Women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) report a decline in physical function after menopause, possibly due to shifting hormone levels, according to a recent study in the journal Rheumatology.   The researchers, led by Elizabeth Mollard, PhD, an assistant professor and advanced nurse practitioner at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, in Lincoln, undertook the study because there are known associations between RA and female hormones, but the connections are poorly understood. For example, RA often goes into remission during pregnancy but flares after delivery. First-time symptoms of RA appear more frequently after pregnancy, too. And for reasons that may or may not be hormone-related, women get RA at three times the rate that men do and they tend to have more pain and disability than their male counterparts.   Measuring Function  To better understand the relationship in ...more