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NM Governor Martinez Signs Senate Bill 11 into Law to Curb Step Therapy

NM Governor Martinez Signs Senate Bill 11 into Law to Curb Step Therapy

On Wednesday, February 28th, New Mexico joined 17 other states across the country in passing legislation to curb step therapy. Senate Bill 11, which was signed into law by New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, reforms the process that forces patients to try drugs that insurance companies choose, making patients "fail first" before the patient gets to use the medicine that their doctor originally prescribed. Step therapy is an insurance practice that requires patients to use a lower-cost drug before permitting more expensive drugs – regardless of what your doctor prescribed. This may occur even if you are already taking that pricier ...more
Anti-inflammatory Drug Doesn't Help Hand OA

Anti-inflammatory Drug Doesn't Help Hand OA

A new study found that hydroxychloroquine, a disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) sometimes used to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and lupus, does not reduce pain related to osteoarthritis (OA) of the hand, possibly ending the hope for an easy solution to a challenging problem. Pain from hand OA affects an estimated 3 percent to 15 percent of adults over 60 and up to 31 percent of those over 70, making daily tasks difficult and diminishing quality of life. Increasing evidence suggests that low levels of inflammation may be an important source of pain in hand OA, at least in some people. Few ...more
Calling All Superheroes! 2018 National Juvenile Arthritis Conference Registration is Now Open!

Calling All Superheroes! 2018 National Juvenile Arthritis Conference Registration is Now Open!

Leaping tall buildings may not be what we actually do but overcoming the daily challenges of juvenile arthritis takes a SUPER kid. By learning how to overcome obstacles and connecting with others, families use their super powers to fight arthritis. Each day over 300,000 children, teens, young adults and their families deal with the daily pain of juvenile arthritis and related childhood rheumatic diseases. The Arthritis Foundation is here to empower our kids, teens, young adults and their families through support, education and forging connections. Together, we are determined to win the fight against JA. And together, we are unstoppable against ...more
Patients Play Vital Role in Research - And it's Not What You Think!

Patients Play Vital Role in Research - And it's Not What You Think!

Now, more than ever, we need you to become involved with research about your disease. Without the participation of patients and parents, research cannot advance toward a cure. Specifically, in Juvenile Arthritis (JA), parents and patients play a critical role in research - you are experts when it comes to the issues that are important to you or your child's health and daily quality of life. What role can you play in research to find a cure? At one time, the only role that patients played in research was being a subject. While that important role still exists, researchers are now asking that ...more
Juvenile Arthritis Conference: Last Day to Apply for Travel Awards

Juvenile Arthritis Conference: Last Day to Apply for Travel Awards

Today is the last day to apply for a JA Conference travel award! In its 34th year, the Arthritis Foundation’s National Juvenile Arthritis Conference has brought kids with rheumatic diseases and their families together for a weekend full of education, inspiration and connecting with others on a similar journey. For many families managing with a constant stream of medical expenses, it may not be feasible to plan for a weekend conference that, depending on where you may live, might include extensive travel. The Arthritis Foundation is pleased to offer limited financial assistance to families wishing to attend the JA Conference who meet certain criteria. From ...more
Show Us How YOU #AdvocateforArthritis

Show Us How YOU #AdvocateforArthritis

Platinum Ambassador Assembly Social Campaign Did you know that the first ever Platinum Ambassador Assembly is taking place in Washington, DC this March 12-13? There, our most highly engaged grassroots Ambassadors will gather together to be the voice for arthritis on Capitol Hill. We’re calling on you to help amplify the voice of our Platinum Ambassador Assembly by participating virtually in our #AdvocateforArthritis social media campaign on Tuesday, March 13. On that day Platinum Ambassador Assembly participants will be on Capitol Hill to meet their elected officials and their staff in person to discuss legislative priorities like reforming burdensome step therapy practices, ...more
Researchers on the Path to a Cure -  Spotlight on Dr. Xiaojuan Li

Researchers on the Path to a Cure - Spotlight on Dr. Xiaojuan Li

Osteoarthritis (OA) affects over 30 million people and is the most common cause of disability in adults in the U.S. The Arthritis Foundation has set the goal of advancing OA treatments as one of its highest priorities, making it one of the Foundation’s four scientific initiatives. To do this, we have created the OA Center of Excellence (COE), where researchers from around the county can join the Clinical Trial Network to work together to accelerate the development of new OA therapies. The OA COE is currently funding three Clinical Trial Network demonstration studies that may lead to better diagnosis and earlier ...more
Growing Shortage of Rheumatologists “Very Concerning”

Growing Shortage of Rheumatologists “Very Concerning”

New research predicts that the existing shortage of rheumatologists will worsen over the next decade, while the demand for arthritis specialists will continue to grow. “In 10 years, we will have a significant challenge in America to take care of the demands of rheumatology care. Every region in the U.S. will be negatively affected by far less rheumatologists than we think will be optimal,” says Daniel F. Battafarano, DO, division director, Rheumatology Service, San Antonio Military Medical Center in Texas. Dr. Battafarano was the lead author of one article and senior author of a second article recently published online in Arthritis ...more
Can Your Shoe Choice Help – or Hurt – Your Arthritis?

Can Your Shoe Choice Help – or Hurt – Your Arthritis?

It is clear that physical activity is one of the best ways to combat osteoarthritis pain—but how important are your shoes, and which should you be wearing? In addition to traditional treatment methods for OA, which include medication, physical therapy and even surgery, doctors now know that footwear can play an important role in knee OA. Marian T. Hannan, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass., has conducted research about foot mechanics and pain in the knee. “It is impressive to think that makes a difference,” says Hannan. “Whether it’s their foot or brain or the ...more
Daily Tasks Get Harder for Women with RA After Menopause

Daily Tasks Get Harder for Women with RA After Menopause

Women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) report a decline in physical function after menopause, possibly due to shifting hormone levels, according to a recent study in the journal Rheumatology.   The researchers, led by Elizabeth Mollard, PhD, an assistant professor and advanced nurse practitioner at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, in Lincoln, undertook the study because there are known associations between RA and female hormones, but the connections are poorly understood. For example, RA often goes into remission during pregnancy but flares after delivery. First-time symptoms of RA appear more frequently after pregnancy, too. And for reasons that may or may not be hormone-related, women get RA at three times the rate that men do and they tend to have more pain and disability than their male counterparts.   Measuring Function  To better understand the relationship in ...more