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Enjoy the Health Benefits of Exercise on National Walking Day!

Enjoy the Health Benefits of Exercise on National Walking Day!

Today is National Walking Day! Spring is finally here, and we can shed a few layers and lace up our walking shoes to celebrate the day! It may seem counterintuitive, but most people with arthritis find that physical exercise is an excellent way to ease pain, soothe achy joints and increase energy levels – just check with your doctor first to discuss your arthritis type and individual needs. National Walking Day is an initiative led by the American Heart Association, but its call to action to be more active on a regular basis resonates strongly with the arthritis community, as walking ...more
Volunteer Kick-Starts Successful Louisiana Walk To Cure Arthritis Event

Volunteer Kick-Starts Successful Louisiana Walk To Cure Arthritis Event

Born on July 4, Geoff and Sara Morthland called red-haired Ellery their “firecracker,” but at 19 months old, only Ellery’s knees were inflamed. They soon discovered the reason: juvenile arthritis (JA). “I felt so powerless, Sara Morthland, Ellery’s mother, said. “I couldn’t make it go away.” The Baton Rouge, Louisiana resident turned emotion into action and searched for a fundraiser supporting an arthritis cure. When she discovered Walk to Cure Arthritis, Sara was elated—only to learn Louisiana did not have a Walk. Sara and Ellery Determined to raise awareness and find a cure for her daughter, Sara set out to launch the first ...more
FDA OKs First in a New Generation of Knee Cartilage Repair

FDA OKs First in a New Generation of Knee Cartilage Repair

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a new product to repair damaged knee cartilage using cells from the patient’s own knee. The product, called Matrix Associated Chondrocyte Implantation (MACI), is approved for use in people younger than age 55 who have what are known as “focal chondral defects,” which can be a precursor to knee osteoarthritis (OA). Experts say, while MACI is not for use in people with knee OA, it does provide a new treatment option to prevent OA from developing in a particular group of patients. Focal chondral defects are cartilage lesions that often occur in younger ...more
Get Customized Arthritis Tips, Tricks and News Straight to Your Inbox!

Get Customized Arthritis Tips, Tricks and News Straight to Your Inbox!

Here at the Arthritis Foundation, we're always looking for better ways to help you live your best. Today, we're launching a new initiative that we think you will want to be part of. Whether you have arthritis yourself or know someone who does, we want to give you an opportunity to receive exclusive information related specifically to your disease type(s) and other helpful topics you choose. You pick the topics, and we'll send you the latest research, news, tips & exclusive resources - right to your inbox. It will take you less than 36 seconds to gain access to this life-changing information. Once you make ...more
Step Therapy Win in West Virginia!

Step Therapy Win in West Virginia!

Step therapy is a cost saving tactic used by insurers that requires people with arthritis and other potentially debilitating conditions to try and fail lower-cost medications before covering more expensive treatments. In other words, insurance companies oftentimes disregard treating physicians’ knowledge of their patients and related expertise, forcing patients to try cheaper medications, all to save a few dollars. Margaret Gnegy, Chris Poe, Delegate Kelly, Doshia Petry, Cathy Schrader, Pam Fields (L-R) Sponsored by Delegate John Kelly, House Bill 2300 was signed into law and establishes a clear channel for patients and practitioners to request an override when an insurance provider levies ...more
Happy National Doctors’ Day!

Happy National Doctors’ Day!

Today, March 30, 2017, is a day we celebrate “the contribution of physicians who serve our country by caring for its citizens.” In 1933, the first Doctors’ Day observance occurred in Winder, GA, where the wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond proposed setting aside a day that included mailing greeting cards and placing flowers on the graves of deceased doctors. In 1958, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted a resolution commemorating Doctors’ Day. Finally in 1990, following overwhelming approval by Congress; President George H.W. Bush turned the commemoration into a national holiday. The Arthritis Foundation is proud to honor all of our physicians ...more
Stop the Fish Oil Aftertaste

Stop the Fish Oil Aftertaste

Yes, you can reap all the benefits from your inflammation-fighting fish oil supplements without the fishy taste. Don’t let your fish oil supplements linger on a kitchen shelf because it causes fishy burps. Follow these five tips to minimize this unpleasant problem and still get your helping of omega-3 essential fatty acids: Keep the Bottle in the Freezer When a fish oil capsule is frozen, the fish oil is broken down in the stomach more slowly, which can reduce the aftertaste. Choose Enteric Coating Some brands, such as Kirkland Signature and Nature’s Way, offer capsules with enteric coating, which prevents them from being digested until they reach ...more
Researchers on the Path to a Cure - Spotlight on Dr. Veronique Lefebvre

Researchers on the Path to a Cure - Spotlight on Dr. Veronique Lefebvre

What do skin and cartilage have in common? It depends on who you ask. Dr. Veronique Lefebvre, a researcher at Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute, is currently working on a 2016 foundation-funded project called “Quality-by-Design approach to create articular cartilage from pluripotency” that connects the dots between skin and cartilage. Dr. Lefebvre and her team are developing a protocol that starts with skin cells and ends with knee cartilage. The team starts with stem cells collected from the skin. The stem cells are then ’re‑programmed’ to become induced pluripotent stem (IPS) cells. IPS cells can be converted into any kind of ...more
Top 10 Reasons to Join Us at the 10th Annual National Gathering

Top 10 Reasons to Join Us at the 10th Annual National Gathering

The National Gathering is a truly life changing event for adults living with arthritis and rheumatic diseases. It’s a weekend filled with both professional and volunteer led sessions on a variety of meaningful topics, but more than that, it’s a weekend spent with people who understand exactly what you’re going through. People you can share your triumphs and challenges with. And by the end of it, people that you will call your family. This is the Gathering’s 10th anniversary and this year’s theme – 10 Years & Growing really symbolizes the past and present. To help explain the Gathering a little more ...more
Arthritis-Friendly Freezer Meals

Arthritis-Friendly Freezer Meals

When you are tired and achy from your arthritis, a hot, nutritious meal at the end of the day may be just what you need – but preparing it can create even more pain and exhaustion. Instead of toiling to prepare a meal full of anti-inflammatory foods every night, registered dietitian Sara Haas, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, recommends making meals in bulk and freezing them. At the end of a long day, all you have to do is reheat and serve. Freezing meals, Haas says, “Is a great way to get balanced, more healthful meals in the ...more