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Strength Training for People With Arthritis

Strength Training for People With Arthritis

“Building muscle supports and protects joints, which can increase mobility and reduce stiffness and soreness,” says Stanley Wainapel, MD, at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. Research in The Journal of Rheumatology found that people with knee arthritis experienced 42% less pain and 44% more physical function after four months of strength training. Get started with one of these, watch videos and use Your Exercise Solution to learn about exercise modifications specific to your needs. Weight Machines They’re easier to use than free weights, and their pulley system helps modulate resistance, which can protect against injury, says Ethel Frese, an associate ...more
Kathryn Leigh Scott: Out of the Shadows

Kathryn Leigh Scott: Out of the Shadows

It’s early morning in Los Angeles, and actress Kathryn Leigh Scott, despite a long flight from New York the day before, has finished her morning walk before heading to wardrobe for her new film, The Eleventh Green. At 74, she exercises every day, which has helped her stay fit – and recover quickly after two hip replacements. While Kathryn is often remembered for her roles in the television soap opera Dark Shadows, a cult hit that ran from 1966 to 1971, her acting career spans over 50 years, with a wide range of roles in television and movies. In addition, she ...more
JA Conference Travel Award Applications Are Now Open!

JA Conference Travel Award Applications Are Now Open!

Travel Award applications (formerly scholarships) for the 2018 National Juvenile Arthritis Conference are now being accepted! Interested families and young adults (ages 18-25) are welcome to apply for a travel award that will assist in the cost of traveling to or attending this year’s conference in Seattle, Washington or Washington, D.C. Applications must be submitted by February 26, 2018 to be considered, and all applicants will be notified by March 30, 2018. “The JA Conference is a unique opportunity for families to meet other families who are on a similar journey. Having the opportunity to learn about the latest treatments, tips ...more
Bust Post-Holiday Blues

Bust Post-Holiday Blues

For some people, the New Year isn’t a fresh start as much as it is a time of sadness. “The holidays are such a wonderful time with so much to do, and in the New Year that all abruptly comes to an end,” says Margaret Wehrenberg, a psychologist in Naperville, Illinois. “It can have a profound impact on your mood.” People prone to depression – including many with arthritis – may need a doctor’s help. But if you just feel post-holiday gloom, try these strategies. Relive Memories Frame holiday photos or wear the new sweater from your sister. “Taking time to appreciate the best-loved ...more
You Said It: Avoiding the Flu with RA or PsA

You Said It: Avoiding the Flu with RA or PsA

If you have an autoimmune disease, like rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), or lupus, or you take immunosuppressing drugs, you have to be extra-careful to avoid contagious diseases. We asked our readers and followers “What steps do you take to avoid getting sick during flu and cold season?” Here are their answers. I keep sanitizing hand wipes in my purse for cleaning grocery carts and shopping basket handles. We all use hand sanitizer as soon as we get in the car and wash our hands immediately when we get home. I also exercise regularly to keep my immune system as ...more
Are Drugs Giving You Cold Feet?

Are Drugs Giving You Cold Feet?

If your fingers and toes are icy, it might not just be from winter weather. It may be due to Raynaud’s phenomenon, a condition in which hands and feet (and sometimes nose, ears or lips) overreact to cold temperatures or emotional stress. During an attack, blood vessels narrow, limiting blood flow to the skin and causing symptoms such as numbness, pain and changes in skin color. Raynaud’s sometimes results from an injury or autoimmune disorder, such as scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, and doctors are likely to attribute symptoms to those conditions in patients who have them. But Raynaud’s also can ...more
Answering Your Questions About the New Tax Reform Legislation

Answering Your Questions About the New Tax Reform Legislation

On Wednesday, December 20, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). There were several health-related changes included in the legislation, such as a repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, and changes to the medical expenditure tax deduction. Below we explain the key health provisions that made it into the final law, how it may impact you, and what’s next. Let’s start with the individual mandate. What is the individual mandate? The individual mandate was established by the Affordable Care Act and requires individuals to have health insurance or face a tax penalty. Why is repealing the individual mandate a concern? According ...more
Anna Neu: Fighting for Childhood

Anna Neu: Fighting for Childhood

Anna Neu is 8 years old and holds a title she’d rather not have – the youngest person ever diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). She can’t remember a time when she wasn’t plagued by pain in her spine and hips, the telltale sign of her disease. Diagnosed as a toddler, Anna has good days and bad, but often, she’s sidelined by a form of arthritis most people don’t even realize affects children. “Anna started complaining of bugs biting her back and waking up screaming in the middle of the night when she was just 2 years old,” says her mom, Emily. ...more
Voices: How Will You Embrace Joy in 2018?

Voices: How Will You Embrace Joy in 2018?

After the heartbreak of 2017’s disasters, we all need a mental health break. What will you do in 2018 to increase your happiness? Lori-Ann Holbrook citygirlflare.com “Reaching Out to Others” Next year, I definitely need more joy in my life! In 2017, I went on disability, moved across the country, lost both my parents and was hospitalized for depression. I know, right?! But even with several chronic health conditions, I am grateful for the friends and family who helped me through it all. I create more joy by sticking to my treatment plans, staying busy as a patient advocate and cooking for my family and ...more
A Generation of Giving

A Generation of Giving

Each year as the leaves begin to fall and the weather gets a few degrees cooler, Peyton Holstein of Lake Oswego, Oregon, along with her older brother, Tobias and four of their cousins, begin researching both local and national charity organizations. While it is easy to assume this is for a school assignment, it’s not. Each cousin is readying their pitch for a unique family Thanksgiving tradition. Approximately eight years ago, Peyton and Tobias’ great uncle Ron began donating to different charities in the six cousins’ names for Christmas. When the kids were younger, he chose a charity and presented each ...more