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Victory in Iowa: Biosimilar Legislation Signed Into Law!

Victory in Iowa: Biosimilar Legislation Signed Into Law!

Iowa has recently joined 27 other states that have passed biosimilars legislation.  On behalf of the 619,000 adults (plus 2,800 children) in Iowa with doctor-diagnosed arthritis, we’d like to thank Governor Branstad for signing House File 305 into law on Friday, March 10, 2017. The bill allows Iowa pharmacists the ability to dispense safe and potentially less expensive biologic medications to patients, by substituting an FDA approved interchangeable biosimilar for a prescribed biologic product.  The law also requires that the prescriber and patient be notified when there is a substitution. Angie and Maci Brooker “I find it vitally important that communication occurs between ...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
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
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
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
Champion of Yes: Meaghan Victory Uses Patient Experience to Propel Nursing Career Dreams

Champion of Yes: Meaghan Victory Uses Patient Experience to Propel Nursing Career Dreams

Meaghan Victory grew up in an active family that spent their summers camping and hiking, and winters in the snowy mountains next to their Issaquah, Washington home. When she was around eight years old, Meaghan was involved in a sledding accident and sprained her right wrist. For six months after the accident, the pain in her wrist never went away. While on vacation in the summer, her mother was putting sunscreen on her arm and noticed Meaghan in significant pain. Unsure of what was going on, her pediatrician referred Meaghan to Seattle Children’s Hospital where she was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid ...more
Meet Our National Walk to Cure Arthritis Adult Honoree: Former MLB Pitcher Tom Walker!

Meet Our National Walk to Cure Arthritis Adult Honoree: Former MLB Pitcher Tom Walker!

Tom Walker, Walk to Cure Arthritis national adult honoree and former MLB pitcher, claims that it’s truly “mind over matter” when it comes to his osteoarthritis (OA) pain. Every day, he rises up and pushes forward, despite the obstacles – like having a harder time walking – that challenge him. Tom describes himself as the “poster child” for arthritis, a disease that’s followed him for 40+ years. When he was 25 years old and playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, he headed to Florida for spring training, and midway through training joint pain spread from his elbow to his shoulder, making ...more
The Truth About Nightshades and Arthritis

The Truth About Nightshades and Arthritis

Every time you eat eggplant, your knuckles start to throb. This sometimes happens after you eat other healthy foods like tomatoes and peppers. What gives? These are some of the very foods you are supposed to eat more of to keep your weight down and boost your heart health, right? Not necessarily. Many people with inflammatory types of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) do report a worsening of symptoms such as joint pain and swelling after consuming nightshades. Known in agricultural circles as Solanaceae, nightshades are a botanical family of plants that share certain characteristics. There are around 2,500 species of nightshades ...more
Aging and Arthritis Pain: Should Treatment Plans Change as We Age?

Aging and Arthritis Pain: Should Treatment Plans Change as We Age?

Pain and aging—it’s an unfortunate fact of life. As we increase in age, so does our risk for painful health conditions. Research also suggests the experience of pain changes as we age; the treatments for it must often change as well. More Painful Problems “As we get older we are more likely to experience pain because of the kinds of health problems that go with getting older,” says Patricia A. Parmelee, PhD, director of the Alabama Research Institute on Aging at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. “There are a number of disorders linked with the aging body that are painful,” she ...more