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Ring in the New Year for Personal Success

Ring in the New Year for Personal Success

New Year’s resolutions are a mixed bag. On the one hand, you’re excited about making personal promises that put you on a new path to better living. On the other hand, you may be skeptical about setting your bar too high and setting yourself up for failure. When you have arthritis, setting goals – and achieving them – can make all the difference. Our pain management toolkit can help you keep checks and balances that work for you. Connect With the Arthritis Community Those who best understand what you’re going through are others who also face the challenges of arthritis. They commiserate with ...more
2019 Live Yes! RA

2019 Live Yes! RA

2019 Live Yes! 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. Event registrations open weekly, so please check back often! Alabama  Arizona  Arkansas California Los Angeles Orange County San Diego Connecticut  Delaware  Florida Broward/Ft. Lauderdale ...more
Five Must-have Foods for Your Arthritis Diet

Five Must-have Foods for Your Arthritis Diet

A diet that is full of fruits, vegetables and lean proteins can help you feel your best and stay healthy. And, if you have arthritis, adding fatty fish, nuts and healthy oils such as extra-virgin olive oil, may be especially beneficial. Eat Like a Greek or Italian One of the most important benefits from the Mediterranean diet for people with arthritis is a reduction in inflammation. The monounsaturated fats that are found in foods like olive oil, nuts and fish can have anti-inflammatory effects.  And studies show benefits for osteoarthritis as well as inflammatory types of arthritis like rheumatoid arthritis, gout and ...more
Psoriatic Arthritis Research Briefs: Fractures, Depression, RCI

Psoriatic Arthritis Research Briefs: Fractures, Depression, RCI

Keep up-to-date on the latest psoriatic arthritis (PsA) research with our brief research summaries. Fracture Risk Factors Increased in PsA If you have PsA, it’s important to pay attention to your bones as well as your skin and joints, according to a recent study. The study found increased risk factors for osteoporotic fractures among more than 168,100 people with either PsA or psoriasis compared to people with rheumatoid arthritis and controls. Risk factors included diabetes, smoking, alcohol and oral corticosteroid and antidepressant use. The authors say screening and management of osteoporosis should be considered for patients with psoriasis and PsA. Source: Annals of ...more
Arthritis Foundation celebrates the legacy of Dr. Stephen Katz

Arthritis Foundation celebrates the legacy of Dr. Stephen Katz

It is with sadness that the Arthritis Foundation notes the passing of Dr. Stephen Katz, who presided over the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) as Director of the Institute since 1995. Dr. Katz was a sharp and quick-witted intellect. His advice was freely given and derived from expertise that spanned many areas of health, government, and science. He did not mince words, and was steadfast in his commitment to improving lives through the promise of scientific discovery. He believed deeply in the immense skill and creativity of the scientists around him, and devoted energy to assuring that resources ...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
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