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Hot Tips for Cold Hands

Hot Tips for Cold Hands

Winter weather usually means two things for hands: pain and stiffness. Simply running your hands under warm water can jumpstart relief. But for longer-lasting effects, try these hot ideas.   At home. Dip sore, dry hands – even elbows and feet – in a warm paraffin bath. Not only does it ease pain, but it also helps maintain muscle strength in people with hand osteoarthritis, according to a study in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Bonus: It also leaves skin moisturized.   Try the Homedics ParaSpa Plus Paraffin Bath, (homedics.com) or use a microwavable mitt (hotcoldcomfort.com), which doesn’t require a lengthy heating-up period, as paraffin baths do.   On the go. When a microwaveable mitt or paraffin bath is impractical, try hand warmers like HotHands Hand Warmers (available at ...more
Join the Live Yes! Arthritis Network and Live Your Best Life!

Join the Live Yes! Arthritis Network and Live Your Best Life!

Join the Live Yes! Arthritis Network and Live Your Best Life!The Live Yes! Arthritis Network connects you to your best life through a powerful network of support for registered members. While each person’s experience with arthritis is different, we want to make sure you have the right information and support you need to live life to the fullest. Registration to the network is free and will allow you to access a vast array of robust resources, such as: Downloadable Tip Booklets These premium content booklets are designed to give practical tips on popular subjects and make each day easier while managing your ...more
Take Action to #AdvocateforArthritis

Take Action to #AdvocateforArthritis

2019 Advocacy Summit Social Campaign Kerry Wong Platinum Ambassador Did you know that the Empowered to Live Yes! Advocacy Summit is taking place in Washington, DC this March 11-12? There, our Advocates and Ambassadors will gather together to be the voice for arthritis on Capitol Hill. We’re calling on you to help amplify the impact of our in-person meetings with legislators by participating virtually in our #AdvocateforArthritis social media campaign on Tuesday, March 12. Staci Penner Platinum Ambassador On Tuesday, March 12  our 2019 Advocacy Summit participants will be on Capitol Hill to meet their elected officials and their staff in person ...more
Deadline Fast Approaching for JA Conference Travel Awards!

Deadline Fast Approaching for JA Conference Travel Awards!

Year after 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, 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. 2019 JA Conference Travel Award applications close tomorrow, February 26. FAQ’s: How long does it take to complete a Travel ...more
Arthritis 101 Hill Briefing Introduces a New Congress to Arthritis and the Military

Arthritis 101 Hill Briefing Introduces a New Congress to Arthritis and the Military

On February 13, 2019, dozens of Capitol Hill staffers joined the Arthritis Foundation, the American College of Rheumatology and other patient organizations for a special Arthritis 101 briefing on arthritis and the military. Approximately one in every three U.S. veterans has doctor-diagnosed arthritis, while the general population stands at one in four, about 25 percent. The second leading cause of medical discharge from the military is arthritis. Service members endure rigorous training exercises on a regular basis, carrying upwards of 70 pounds of gear on their backs. Over time, this physical strain on their joints begins to cause aches and pains ...more
Importance of Step Therapy Reform

Importance of Step Therapy Reform

Step therapy, also known as "fail first," is a tool used by insurers that requires patients to try a less expensive treatment, or series of treatments, before they can access the drug originally prescribed by their physician. Overly burdensome step therapy requirements can jeopardize the patient-provider relationship and unnecessarily prolong ineffective treatment, preventing patients from immediately starting, or in some cases continuing, to access the most appropriate treatment recommended by their doctor. Hunter Pruett, a Junior Ambassador from Atlanta, is one of many who have experienced a delay in care due to step therapy. At only 4 and a half ...more
Movie Maker Deborah Snyder Knows What Real Super Power Is

Movie Maker Deborah Snyder Knows What Real Super Power Is

To fans of Wonder Woman, Aquaman and other superhero movies that she produced, Deborah Snyder might seem a little larger than life herself. Perceptive, energetic and determined, she has a career beyond most people’s dreams, a lovely home near Los Angeles and a supportive family and husband, Zack Snyder, who’s also her business partner. But every superhero has a villain, and Deborah’s is adult-onset Still’s disease, a rare form of autoimmune arthritis. It left her with hip damage that made even walking difficult for years. Seeing her relaxing with one leg tucked under her – something she never could have done a ...more
High Uric Acid Impacts OA

High Uric Acid Impacts OA

Diagnosing osteoarthritis (OA) through a medical history, physical exam and x-ray is fairly straightforward, but predicting the progression – or how much osteoarthritis will worsen in any one person – is much harder.   Researchers may have found one indicator that can help them do just this. High levels of uric acid are most often associated with gout, another form of arthritis. However, research published in Arthritis & Rheumatology in 2017 found that people with OA who have high uric acid levels and are not diagnosed with gout could experience a faster progression of their OA.   Understanding Uric Acid Uric acid is a substance that forms normally when the body breaks down purines, which are found in human cells and ...more
Arthritis Warrior Crosses the Finish Line After Years of Obstacles

Arthritis Warrior Crosses the Finish Line After Years of Obstacles

Nothing holds Daniel Ortman back. Not the arthritis that has challenged him for two decades. Not the major brain surgery he endured nine years ago. Nor any of the other obstacles he and his family have faced along the way. In 2018, Dan vowed to cross the finish line of his Ellicott City, Maryland, Jingle Bell Run for the very first time. And he made it! “It was surreal,” reflects Daniel. “I was starting to tire out after the first mile. But I said, ‘I’m going to keep going and get to the other side.’ And when I got to the ...more
Live Yes! Connect for JA Parents: Q&A with Jessica Ward, JA Parent Facilitator

Live Yes! Connect for JA Parents: Q&A with Jessica Ward, JA Parent Facilitator

In 2018, the Arthritis Foundation launched its Live Yes! Connect pilot program for parents of children living with juvenile arthritis and other childhood rheumatic disease. In addition to providing emotional and social support, the program offers educational resources and seminars to help parents improve the quality of life for their children. Jessica Ward, whose 11-year-old daughter Mercy was diagnosed with JA at age 4, is the sole parent facilitator for the JA parent group in Columbus, Ohio. We chatted with her to hear her insights about the parent group, including benefits, future plans and the best ways to get involved. ...more