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Patient Partner’s Words of Wisdom About Living With Gout & OA

Patient Partner’s Words of Wisdom About Living With Gout & OA

As part of our vetting process for Arthritis by the Numbers – a collection of verified arthritis facts and figures – we invited patients to comment on the disease section that most affected their lives. After all, they are the experts on how arthritis changes and challenges everyday living. Meet Craig Buhr, who is challenged by gout and OA. Following, in his own words, are his thoughts about the statistics he reviewed in Arthritis by the Numbers – and how they relate to him personally. Question: How did you get involved with the Arthritis Foundation’s mission to stop arthritis? Craig: I first noticed ...more
RA Research Briefs: Lung Disease, Remission, Children of RA Patients

RA Research Briefs: Lung Disease, Remission, Children of RA Patients

Keep up-to-date on the latest rheumatoid arthritis (RA) research with our brief research summaries. Lung Disease More Likely with RA Rheumatoid arthritis may increase the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), an inflammatory lung disease that makes breathing difficult, a new study shows. A Canadian study, which analyzed data from 24,265 patients with RA and 25,396 controls, found that people with RA had a 47% greater risk of being hospitalized for COPD than members of the general population. SOURCE: Arthritis Care & Research, published online October, 2017 Remission Less Likely in Overweight, Obese Patients A multicenter observational study found that in the first 3 ...more
No One Should Be in Debilitating Pain, Especially at 8 Years Old

No One Should Be in Debilitating Pain, Especially at 8 Years Old

Support the Arthritis Foundation and the 54 million Americans with arthritis. Meet Cassidy Middleton Cassidy Middleton is a happy, thriving 8-year-old who has a loving affinity for Minnie Mouse and spending her days horseback riding in the warm, Tucson, Arizona, sun. In December 2013, Cassidy was diagnosed with autism, and that’s when the Middleton family’s world changed. Most weeks were filled with therapists and appointments, and just when things started to settle down, Cassidy’s mother, Kari, noticed Cassidy was a “bit knock-kneed” and “walking funny” for a 3-year-old. After consulting with their pediatrician, who referred the family to a pediatric rheumatologist, Cassidy was ...more
TAKE CARE: Advocacy Blog Series Bringing It All Together

TAKE CARE: Advocacy Blog Series Bringing It All Together

We’ve reached the end of our advocacy blog series, and now it really is time to say “take care”! Throughout this series, we’ve shined a spotlight on some of the hot button issues in health policy that can have an impact on your health care. The blog series was meant to help you take care when it comes to important arthritis care and coverage issues. With open enrollment for Medicare and the health care exchanges closing soon, we wanted to close out the year’s blog series reminding you of those important deadlines for health care. You can check out the year’s ...more
An Ancient Disease That Needs More Visibility

An Ancient Disease That Needs More Visibility

 The earliest traces of arthritis date back to prehistoric times, detected in the fossils of dinosaurs. The first signs of arthritis in humans were found in the skeletal remains of Native Americans, going back as far as 4500 BC. Ever since, this insidious disease has fanned out across the world. Some estimates put the number of those affected globally at approximately 350 million. However long arthritis has been around, most people still don’t realize that it’s a real – and very serious – disease. Many think of arthritis as inevitable aches and pains that only the elderly encounter. That it’s just ...more
On This Day of Global Giving, Help Cure Arthritis

On This Day of Global Giving, Help Cure Arthritis

Today is the day – it’s time to join the fight against arthritis by participating in #GivingTuesday! November 27, 2018, is a global day dedicated to giving back and celebrating generosity. When you give to the Arthritis Foundation, you help support our commitment to helping the 54 million Americans with arthritis. Give, so the 300,000 children who struggle with arthritis pain daily can say Yes to childhood. Give, so we can fund research for better treatments and a cure. Give, to help make possible more life-changing tools and resources. DOUBLE YOUR GIFT TODAY Today, TamaFlex™ is generously matching gifts up to a total ...more
Alayna Travaglione: Her Dreams of Studying Abroad Came True

Alayna Travaglione: Her Dreams of Studying Abroad Came True

Studying abroad can be an exciting but nerve-wracking experience. The comfort zones you are so used to back home become non-existent as you make your way through an unknown country meeting new people and immersing yourself into different cultures. For a college student with Rheumatoid Arthritis, there are a few extra challenges I have to face and while doing so, I often question if choosing to travel for a semester was the best option for me. As someone who has Arthritis in all of their joints and still undergoing surgical procedures, the idea of being in an unfamiliar place away ...more
JA Mom: “I Know Just Enough to Know I Don’t Know Enough.”

JA Mom: “I Know Just Enough to Know I Don’t Know Enough.”

Among patient partners who reviewed Arthritis by the Numbers – a collection of verified arthritis facts and figures – was the Soler family of Georgia. Robin Soler has been active with the Arthritis Foundation ever since her younger daughter, Isabela, was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). At the time she was one of the youngest children in the state to be diagnosed with JIA at just 12 months old. Over the past 15 years, mother and daughter have seen about 50 different doctors and scores of other medical experts. Isabela has taken at least 20 different types of prescription drugs ...more
No One Should Be in Debilitating Pain, Especially at 3 Years Old

No One Should Be in Debilitating Pain, Especially at 3 Years Old

Meet Shannan O’hara-Levi When Shannan O’hara-Levi was only 7 months old, her mother noticed that she would wake up from naps crying and grabbing at her knees. Mrs. O’hara took her to the doctor, only to be brushed off and told it was just “growing pains” that would eventually go away. Ironically, a few years later at a routine checkup, the pediatrician asked Mrs. O’hara why Shannan wasn’t brought in earlier for her red, swollen knees. That’s when Shannan was finally diagnosed with juvenile arthritis (JA). Shannan would never crawl due to the pressure it put on her knees. She was told ...more
NFL Player James Bradberry's Grandmother Inspires for Charity

NFL Player James Bradberry's Grandmother Inspires for Charity

Grandmother Plays Catch with NFL Player James Bradberry…and Inspires Him to Take a Stand Against Arthritis (and Put It on His Cleats) James Bradberry grew up near Birmingham, Ala. with his mom and younger sister and grandmother nearby. Born with a love for sports and natural talent, he excelled at football in high school and then was recruited by Arkansas State University’s football team. But his Southern roots called him home, so he transferred to Samford University and was later drafted by the NFL Carolina Panthers, starting 12 out of 16 games his first year. Although Bradberry does not have arthritis, the ...more