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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
Researchers on the Path to a Cure - Spotlight on Dr. Virginia Kraus

Researchers on the Path to a Cure - Spotlight on Dr. Virginia Kraus

Research on bacteria that live within our bodies has progressed in recent years and is gaining respect in the scientific community. Most of these bacteria live in our gut, and scientists think they shape our health in a number of ways – some good and some bad. Dr. Virginia Kraus is currently researching bacteria in her 2-year Arthritis Foundation-funded project, “The Role of Low-Grade Endotoxemia in Osteoarthritis.” Her project looks at one molecule made by harmful bacteria. Lipopolysaccharide endotoxin (LPS) is a molecule produced by harmful bacteria that most commonly live in the gut and gums. It can make its way ...more
Advocacy Summit Day 2 Highlights: Advocates Meet with State and Federal Policymakers to Share Their Stories

Advocacy Summit Day 2 Highlights: Advocates Meet with State and Federal Policymakers to Share Their Stories

Day two of the Advocacy Summit started with lots of chatter about the Trump administration’s unveiling of repeal and replace health care legislation. Several aspects of the bill align with our Patient Principles for Health Care which outlines four principles that, if adopted, will result in a transparent health care system that allows easier access to more affordable care. The bill includes language that prevents denying coverage for people with preexisting conditions, bans lifetime coverage caps and allows young people to remain on their parent’s insurance plans until they turn 26-years-old – all good news for the arthritis community! Ruby Rollins, AL As ...more
400 Volunteers Prepare for Meetings with Congress: Advocacy Summit Day 1 Highlights

400 Volunteers Prepare for Meetings with Congress: Advocacy Summit Day 1 Highlights

They came from places like Runnels, a small town in Iowa with 507 residents, and New York City, the second largest city in the world. Lydia and Susanna Meyer, NV People like Leticia Hugues and her son, Ashton, from Smiths Grove Kentucky, Lydia Meyer and her daughter Susanna from Reno, Nevada, and Kelli Carlson from Woodbury Minnesota and her friend Kelli Dwyer from La Crosse, Wisconsin. Yesterday, more than 400 volunteers from all parts of the country convened in Washington, DC, filled with passion and desire, and ready to use their personal arthritis stories to affect real and meaningful changes for the ...more
Advocacy Summit 2017: Up Close with Actor and Foundation Advocate Clark Middleton

Advocacy Summit 2017: Up Close with Actor and Foundation Advocate Clark Middleton

Clark Middleton, the talented actor currently on NBC’s “The Blacklist” and Hulu’s “The Path,” is packing his bags and heading to Washington, DC, with hundreds of other Arthritis Foundation Advocates – to raise his voice and share his story at the Advocacy Summit. Clark’s journey with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) started as a young child, helping shape who he is today – and why he’s extremely passionate about patient rights and access to affordable health care for those with chronic diseases. Clark opened up about his lifelong journey with JRA. Childhood Journey In 1961, a doctor diagnosed 4-year-old Clark with JRA and told ...more
RA With a Side of Fibromyalgia

RA With a Side of Fibromyalgia

For years, fibromyalgia was a mystery illness. No one knew what caused it, how to diagnose it or how best to treat it. Some people, including doctors, even questioned its existence. In the last few years, however, researchers have cleared up some of the mystery. Although much about fibromyalgia still isn’t understood completely, two things are clear: It’s very real, and it affects a disproportionate number of people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). What Is Fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia is a syndrome marked by widespread pain, fatigue, poor sleep and memory problems. It’s often associated with other symptoms, too, including headache, irritable bowel syndrome and ...more
Record Number of Advocates Earn Platinum Ambassador Status

Record Number of Advocates Earn Platinum Ambassador Status

A record number of individuals have achieved the Arthritis Foundation’s highest advocacy honor in 2016 and became Platinum Ambassadors. At the 2017 Advocacy Summit, March 6-7, in Washington, DC, 41 new Platinum Ambassadors will be recognized for their outstanding advocacy accomplishments on behalf of the arthritis community. Platinum Ambassadors are an elite group of Advocates who go above and beyond the call of duty by accomplishing a challenging list of advocacy assignments along with four bonus activities, all while raising funds to support the Foundation’s mission to conquer and cure arthritis. “Platinum Ambassadors are the special forces of our Advocate army,” said ...more
Psoriatic Arthritis, Psoriasis May Raise Your Fracture Risk

Psoriatic Arthritis, Psoriasis May Raise Your Fracture Risk

People with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and those with severe psoriasis are at higher risk than the general population for a type of fracture typically associated with osteoporosis, according to a new study published online in January 2017 in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. In fact, the increase in risk for these two groups is comparable or even higher than that of people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a group known to have higher than average risks of osteoporosis and fracture related to low bone mineral density. This is the first study to estimate the risk for a first fracture in patients with ...more
More than 100 Kids and Teens to Meet with Members of Congress at Advocacy Summit

More than 100 Kids and Teens to Meet with Members of Congress at Advocacy Summit

Arthritis is not just your grandparent’s disease, and at this year’s Advocacy Summit, our young participants will tell Members of Congress that kids get arthritis, too! On March 6 and 7, more than 400 people affected by arthritis from all across the country will convene in Washington, DC, as part of the Arthritis Foundation’s 2017 Advocacy Summit. Attendees will include an estimated 100 kids and teens who will participate in a special Kids and High School Summit track. Uniquely designed for kids/teens who are affected by juvenile arthritis and childhood rheumatic diseases, this track includes interactive activities that will empower them with ...more