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A Diet of Bad Fats May Hasten Knee OA Progression

A Diet of Bad Fats May Hasten Knee OA Progression

A diet high in fat, especially saturated fat, may speed up the progression of knee osteoarthritis (OA), whereas eating greater amounts unsaturated fat might slow it down, according to researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Their study, published recently in Arthritis Care & Research, is one of the first to look at the effect of diet on the rate of OA progression. The researchers say they undertook the study because diet plays a role in the development of many chronic diseases, including diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease, and they suspected it might also be involved in osteoarthritis. Lead author ...more
The American Health Care Act: What You Need to Know

The American Health Care Act: What You Need to Know

Things on the health care front are moving fast. Last week, the House voted to pass the American Health Care Act, a bill that changes several key features of the Affordable Care Act (also called “Obamacare”). The bill has moved on to the Senate where it could be voted on, as is, or amended and sent back to the House for further consideration. We want you to know that the Arthritis Foundation and our army of volunteer Advocates are on the job, working hard to ensure that YOU have affordable access to the care you need. If you want a better understanding ...more
House of Representatives Passes American Health Care Act – We Need Your Help to Amend AHCA When it Goes to the Senate

House of Representatives Passes American Health Care Act – We Need Your Help to Amend AHCA When it Goes to the Senate

Earlier today, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA). We are concerned that the bill threatens access to affordable care for the chronically ill, including those who live with arthritis. As the Senate considers the AHCA, we will work to amend the bill to make it truly patient-centered, but we need your help to send the message to legislators that the AHCA, as it sits today, is unacceptable for the 54 million Americans who live with arthritis, and the many more who have other chronic illnesses. Join our Advocate program today! People living arthritis face challenges with their ...more
Coming this Fall – Living Your Yes With RA, A Personalized Goal-Setting Event

Coming this Fall – Living Your Yes With RA, A Personalized Goal-Setting Event

Living Your Yes with RA is a personalized goal-setting event brought to you by the Arthritis Foundation. This free forum gives you the opportunity to learn ways that can help you say Yes more than No, despite the challenges of living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). You’ll get expert advice from a local rheumatologist plus guidance on setting goals that can help you live life to the fullest. Let us help you manage your RA, as well as communicate effectively with your own doctor. This year, we’re hosting two types of events in thirty cities across the US. Below is a description of our two ...more
Fundraising is a Family Endeavor for Kathryn Sundquist, Our 2017 Walk to Cure Arthritis National Young Adult Honoree

Fundraising is a Family Endeavor for Kathryn Sundquist, Our 2017 Walk to Cure Arthritis National Young Adult Honoree

Kathryn Sundquist is 16 years old, lives in Brainerd, Minnesota and has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. To say she and her family live active lifestyles would be an understatement. Her mom enjoys yoga, running and participating in triathlons. Her dad is an avid biker. Her adult brothers enjoy 4-wheeling, hunting, fishing, and tennis. They all enjoy any reason to be outside! As for Kathryn, she’s on her high school dance team, named the Kixters, and took fourth place in last year’s state dance competition. She won the 2015 Miss Jr. Teen Brainerd and Miss Jr. Teen Minnesota pageants and has participated in ...more
Heart Disease Risk May be Nearly Doubled in People with Psoriatic Arthritis

Heart Disease Risk May be Nearly Doubled in People with Psoriatic Arthritis

Doctors have long known that heart disease is more common in people who have inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriasis. But they weren’t sure if this applied to psoriatic arthritis (PsA), which is more complex and not nearly as well studied. Then, in 2016, Canadian researchers published a meta-analysis of studies evaluating cardiovascular disease risk and PsA in the journal Arthritis Care & Research. The results suggested that people with PsA were 43 percent more likely to have or develop heart disease compared with the general population. PsA patients also had a 22 percent increased risk of ...more
Increasing Allopurinol Dose May Better Control Gout

Increasing Allopurinol Dose May Better Control Gout

In addition to being treated with medication for symptoms of an acute flare, should a person with gout be put on long-term uric acid-lowering medication to reduce future flares? And is it safe to keep raising the dose of the medication until uric acid drops below a specified target? Rheumatologists and other physicians are currently grappling with those questions, and a new study may help lead to some answers. What Is Gout? Gout is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis in the United States, affecting more than 8 million adults. It develops in some people who have high levels of uric acid ...more
The Nation’s Capital Caps the Out-of-Pocket Costs of Medications

The Nation’s Capital Caps the Out-of-Pocket Costs of Medications

Congratulations D.C. Advocates! Because of your efforts, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the Specialty Drug Copayment Limitation Act. In the law, “specialty drug” means a prescription drug that is prescribed for a person with a physical, behavioral, or developmental condition that may have no known cure, is progressive, or can be debilitating or fatal if left untreated or undertreated, such as multiple sclerosis, hepatitis C and rheumatoid arthritis. This is a significant win for the Washington D.C. arthritis community because the law caps specialty drug copayment or coinsurance out-of-pocket costs to no more than $150 for up to a 30-day ...more
Up Close and Personal with our Walk to Cure Arthritis National Adult Honoree Tom Walker

Up Close and Personal with our Walk to Cure Arthritis National Adult Honoree Tom Walker

As a believer in living a full life and being a Champion of Yes, we asked Tom Walker – who has experienced highs and lows and endured it all – a few lighthearted, personal questions. When did you realize you wanted to play baseball professionally? Growing up in Florida, there were several great baseball players. I was around baseball a lot and loved it. I couldn’t think of doing anything else. I thought if things went well, maybe I could play in the big leagues, which I did in 1972 when I joined the Montreal Expos. Do you think your willpower ...more
Champions of Yes: Amy and Kylie McCormick Form a Dynamic Duo to Tackle Juvenile Arthritis

Champions of Yes: Amy and Kylie McCormick Form a Dynamic Duo to Tackle Juvenile Arthritis

When you meet Amy McCormick and her daughter, Kylie, of Hauppauge, New York, you instantly feel as though you’ve known them for years. They both consistently greet you with warm smiles and joyful hellos, chatting about their love of Hamilton, the arts and their newly adopted rescue puppy named Autumn. Kylie was only seven years old when she was performing in a year-round production of Annie, acting and dancing heavily through rehearsals and plays week after week. Kylie started experiencing foot and ankle pain so severe she couldn’t walk, and eventually told her mother she couldn’t attend rehearsals. Alarmed by Kylie’s ...more