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Battling Arthritis Burnout

Battling Arthritis Burnout

Worn out from dealing with your disease? Never-ending appointments, medication refills, insurance paperwork, and diet and exercise worries can take a toll. Living with a chronic disease can be exhausting, even without the fatigue that comes with being ill. Chronically ill people often feel burdened and burned out from coping with pain and illness while also managing their treatment and daily work-life demands, says Mary Anderson, a specialist in health psychology at Commonwealth Psychology Associates in Boston. And when patients feel burned out, they’re less likely to take care of themselves, says Mayo Clinic rheumatologist and researcher John Davis III, MD. It ...more
Success at Summit! Advocates Meet with Congress as American Health Care Act Released

Success at Summit! Advocates Meet with Congress as American Health Care Act Released

The 2017 Advocacy Summit was held March 6-7 in Washington, DC, and while the outcome is still developing, we are very pleased with the results thus far. Arthritis affects people regardless of age or origin, so it was no surprise that this year’s Summit attendees were a mix of all ages from coast to coast. More than 400 people from 45 states attended. Summit attendees participated in a variety of educational programs, all designed to help them better understand issues that are affecting easy access to affordable care, and how to communicate to policymakers the devastating effects of arthritis and critical need for ...more
Help Your Partner Cope with Your Arthritis

Help Your Partner Cope with Your Arthritis

Does your partner cope with the ups and downs of your arthritis by keeping his or her frustrations and fears on lockdown? Does he or she try to micromanage problems away? Understanding your partner’s coping style can make you both happier and healthier. Understanding what’s behind your partner’s behavior can be an important step toward a stronger relationship, says Nancy Ruddy, PhD, a clinical psychologist at McCann Health in Mountain Lakes, N.J. Couples can get locked into unhelpful patterns that negatively affect health, but strengthening your bond makes for a happier relationship and can improve your health. For example, research shows people ...more
More Americans Report Arthritis-Related Limitations Than 15 Years Ago

More Americans Report Arthritis-Related Limitations Than 15 Years Ago

More than 54 million adults in the United States have some form of arthritis and, for nearly half of them, the pain, stiffness and joint damage make daily life harder, according to a new report released in early March by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While the report notes that the prevalence of arthritis has not changed significantly since 2002, it does highlight a 20 percent jump in the percentage of people who have arthritis-attributable limitations in activities – that is, trouble with simple tasks such as lifting a grocery bag or walking a few blocks. CDC acting ...more
Charitable Gift Annuity: A Win-Win

Charitable Gift Annuity: A Win-Win

Often you hear the phrase, "Charity begins at home." The story of this family can be characterized by the phrase, "Charity begins and ends at home." Wayne was only in his 20s and attending college in Arizona when he was diagnosed with arthritis. “I remember him saying his back hurt so bad that when he had to cough or sneeze, he found a convenient tree or wall to brace up against it,” says his wife Carole, a retired high school English teacher. Years later, Carole and Wayne were browsing through a copy of Arthritis Today magazine when an advertisement caught their attention. ...more
Researchers on the Path to a Cure - Spotlight on Dr. Jose Scher

Researchers on the Path to a Cure - Spotlight on Dr. Jose Scher

Dr. Jose U. Scher, a current Arthritis Foundation-funded investigator, has been looking at the relationship between bacteria and inflammatory diseases for more than 10 years. Dr. Scher’s current Arthritis Foundation funded project, “Pan-Microbiome in At-Risk Subjects and New-Onset Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA),” looks at the relationship of bacteria (or “microbiome” in the mouth, lungs, and intestines) and the development of RA. “Different areas of the body have different populations of microbes,” Dr. Scher explained. “What is important is the diversity, or different types and numbers of bacteria. When we look at the bacteria found in the mouth, lungs, and gut of healthy ...more
Highlights from 2017 Osteoarthritis Patient-Focused Drug Development Meeting

Highlights from 2017 Osteoarthritis Patient-Focused Drug Development Meeting

Close to 200 patients, FDA staff, industry leaders, members of the media and academic personnel listened or participated in the groundbreaking Osteoarthritis Patient-Focused Drug Development meeting on March 8. The meeting was a forum for OA patients to share their experiences with the disease and talk about the signs and symptoms that matter most to them. Patient-Focused Drug Development & 21st Century Cures Act The 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law in December 2016, has a close tie to patient-focused drug development. One of the Act’s provisions states to incorporate patient-focused drug development strategies, allowing the patient’s voice and experience to ...more
Victory in Iowa: Biosimilar Legislation Signed Into Law!

Victory in Iowa: Biosimilar Legislation Signed Into Law!

Iowa has recently joined 27 other states that have passed biosimilars legislation.  On behalf of the 619,000 adults (plus 2,800 children) in Iowa with doctor-diagnosed arthritis, we’d like to thank Governor Branstad for signing House File 305 into law on Friday, March 10, 2017. The bill allows Iowa pharmacists the ability to dispense safe and potentially less expensive biologic medications to patients, by substituting an FDA approved interchangeable biosimilar for a prescribed biologic product.  The law also requires that the prescriber and patient be notified when there is a substitution. Angie and Maci Brooker “I find it vitally important that communication occurs between ...more
Arthritis Foundation Shares Official Statement on American Health Care Act (AHCA)

Arthritis Foundation Shares Official Statement on American Health Care Act (AHCA)

Arthritis is a complex, chronic condition and people with arthritis depend on access to timely, ongoing care to control their disease. For many, access to health care is the difference between being disabled and being a fully functioning member of society. The Arthritis Foundation believes people with arthritis should not fear that they will be unable to afford or access health care, including physicians, medications and other treatments. As such, here are the principles we urge Congress to consider as it works towards health reform replacement legislation: There should be caps on annual out-of-pocket patient costs. There should be health insurance available ...more
People with Gout at Risk of Premature Death

People with Gout at Risk of Premature Death

A new study found that people with gout have a 25 percent greater likelihood of dying prematurely than people without gout. The findings also show that this increased mortality rate has not improved over the past 16 years, unlike the mortality rate for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Gout, which affects more than 4 percent of adults in the United States, is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis. It develops in some people who have high levels of uric acid in the blood. The acid can form needle-like crystals in a joint and cause sudden, severe episodes of pain, tenderness, ...more