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Add a Pedometer to Your Walking Routine

Add a Pedometer to Your Walking Routine

Want to get more active? Use a pedometer. Results of a 21-week study reported in Arthritis Research and Care in 2017, found pedometers helped patients with rheumatoid arthritis walk about 1,500 more steps a day.The proportion of people classified as sedentary dropped 30 percent among those using pedometers, and the number of people getting the study’s recommended goal of 8,000 steps a day doubled. Those who were more active thanks to a pedometer also reported feeling less fatigue and experienced improved functioning, less depression and fewer self reports of swollen and tender joints and/or pain. “Pedometers can work for almost anyone,” ...more
Thanks for the Laughs and the Salute to Telethons, Mrs. Maisel!

Thanks for the Laughs and the Salute to Telethons, Mrs. Maisel!

Remember when telethons were a big thing? Americans would dial in and be greeted by celebrities like Mary Tyler Moore or Betty White. Before Walk to Cure Arthritis and Jingle Bell Run, telethons were a major lifeline (pun intended) for our organization, so we could impact the course of the disease and support the millions of Americans living with it.Recently, we were inspired to look back and raise our glass to the people and celebrities who helped bring in donations on our behalf. Why? Mrs. Maisel. The 2019 season of the Emmy-winning series, Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” not only ...more
New Large-scale Study to Make Personalized Medicine a Reality for Kids With JIA

New Large-scale Study to Make Personalized Medicine a Reality for Kids With JIA

Personalized treatments for children with arthritis will soon be a reality, thanks to a new research study supported by the Arthritis Foundation. The study, the largest of its kind, is being done by the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA), a North American research network that conducts collaborative research to find treatments and a cure for pediatric rheumatic diseases. The Arthritis Foundation has worked closely with CARRA since it was formed in 2002. Together, we’ve aligned our scientific agendas, and the Foundation has committed millions of dollars toward expanding juvenile arthritis research through CARRA. Recently, CARRA announced it has completed enrollment, ...more
You Said It! Best Shoes for RA

You Said It! Best Shoes for RA

We asked our readers and followers “What are your go-to shoe types/brands for your rheumatoid arthritis?” Here are their answers.I wear Easy Spirit clogs. Most important for me is that the shoes have a high toe box. My crooked hammer toes love them. And, as your feet swell during the day, this easy on/off is perfect. You can just slip your feet out to cool them off —Shirley Hoffman, via Facebook I like Brooks running shoes. I don’t run, but they are the most comfortable for me to wear on a daily basis. —Alecia Fishburn, via Facebook I wear Nike flip-flops every day, all ...more
Cold Weather Checklist for People With Arthritis

Cold Weather Checklist for People With Arthritis

Jack Frost is no friend when you have arthritis. Winter brings the challenges of sore throats, slippery sidewalks and cold, stiff joints. Linda Russell, MD, a rheumatologist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, offers these tips for staying well, safe and comfortable when cold weather hits. Get your flu shot. Having a chronic disease or being over 65 puts you at risk of more severe flu than other people. While you’re getting your flu shot, ask your doctor if you need any other immunizations, Dr. Russell says. Keep your hands clean. Autoimmune diseases and immunosuppressant medications used to ...more
Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

It’s been a busy year for patient advocacy – with significant wins at the federal and state levels. Read on to get the scoop on the results of the midterm elections, our 2018 year in review, and a look at what 2019 has in store. In 2018, our advocacy community was essential to securing many victories for people with arthritis. Whether you engaged in a state legislative day, testified before decision makers, or even sent a letter through our Action Center, your actions made a difference. Here are some highlights that we accomplished together this year: We reached a milestone when ...more
No One Should Be in Debilitating Pain, Especially at 10 Years Old

No One Should Be in Debilitating Pain, Especially at 10 Years Old

Support the Arthritis Foundation and the 54 million Americans with arthritis. Meet Shane Cox When you meet Shane Cox of Petaluma, California, his quiet, calm demeanor gives little away about this young man. But whether he is speaking as an honoree at his local Jingle Bell Run or at the California Coast Classic, it’s easy to realize he has experienced more in his young life than most his age. Shane was only 10 years old when he was diagnosed with polyarticular juvenile arthritis (JA). His mom, Jenn, became Shane’s nurse and had to learn how to administer his medication injections. Now 18, Shane ...more
Patient Partner’s Words of Wisdom About Living With Gout & OA

Patient Partner’s Words of Wisdom About Living With Gout & OA

As part of our vetting process for Arthritis by the Numbers – a collection of verified arthritis facts and figures – we invited patients to comment on the disease section that most affected their lives. After all, they are the experts on how arthritis changes and challenges everyday living. Meet Craig Buhr, who is challenged by gout and OA. Following, in his own words, are his thoughts about the statistics he reviewed in Arthritis by the Numbers – and how they relate to him personally. Question: How did you get involved with the Arthritis Foundation’s mission to stop arthritis? Craig: I first noticed ...more
Five Germ Hotspots Lurking in Your Home

Five Germ Hotspots Lurking in Your Home

When you have an inflammatory type of arthritis, the disease itself and medications used to treat it can make you more likely to get infections. Everyday objects that you might overlook may be teeming with viruses and bacteria, raising the risk for illness. Be sure to disinfect these germ hotspots. Sponges: One study found more types of bacteria in kitchen sponges than on toilet seats. Run them in the clothes washer on the hot cycle with bleach and get a new one every week.  Bathroom fixtures and handles: This includes toilet seats and handles, and sink fixtures, light switches and door handles. Clean them ...more
Got Arthritis Blues? Focus on Gratitude this Season and Beyond

Got Arthritis Blues? Focus on Gratitude this Season and Beyond

Embracing gratitude can make it easier to deal with family drama during the holidays. And it also may help you to manage your arthritis. Research found that thankfulness helps people feel happier and more optimistic, even when things aren’t going well.  It strengthens personal relationships and can also improve physical health. It may also help people cope with chronic pain, says Fuschia Sirois, PhD, a psychologist and researcher at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. “Feeling grateful counteracts the worry, rumination and negative thoughts that can compound pain,” she says. Not feeling it? Try these evidence-backed techniques to make gratitude ...more