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Record Number of Advocates Earn Platinum Ambassador Status

Record Number of Advocates Earn Platinum Ambassador Status

A record number of individuals have achieved the Arthritis Foundation’s highest advocacy honor in 2016 and became Platinum Ambassadors. At the 2017 Advocacy Summit, March 6-7, in Washington, DC, 41 new Platinum Ambassadors will be recognized for their outstanding advocacy accomplishments on behalf of the arthritis community. Platinum Ambassadors are an elite group of Advocates who go above and beyond the call of duty by accomplishing a challenging list of advocacy assignments along with four bonus activities, all while raising funds to support the Foundation’s mission to conquer and cure arthritis. “Platinum Ambassadors are the special forces of our Advocate army,” said ...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
High Cooking Temperature Can Make Inflammation Worse

High Cooking Temperature Can Make Inflammation Worse

Although delicious, crusty seared or grilled meats may exacerbate inflammation. Researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York found that frying, roasting, searing or grilling certain foods at high temperatures produces compounds called advanced glycation end products (AGEs). Your body produces AGEs, also known as glycotoxins, as part of the metabolic process. AGEs are also present in raw animal products, including meat. Cooking, especially at high temperatures, forms new AGEs in foods. Although some AGEs are not bad, high levels of the compounds in the tissues and blood can trigger an inflammatory response and have been linked to the recent ...more
Even a Little Exercise Helps Arthritis Pain and Function

Even a Little Exercise Helps Arthritis Pain and Function

Just 45 minutes a week of moderate to vigorous exercise may help improve or maintain a high level of function for people with osteoarthritis (OA), according to study published online recently in Arthritis Care & Research. Current guidelines from the Department of Health and Human Services for adults recommend a minimum of 150 minutes per week of physical activity, which has been shown to help prevent heart disease, depression, osteoporosis, diabetes and colon and breast cancer as well as to prolong life. Fewer than half of Americans meet these standards, however, and many people with arthritis are even less physically active ...more
Turning Pain into Inspiration: Arthritis Memoir Earns an "A"

Turning Pain into Inspiration: Arthritis Memoir Earns an "A"

The assignment was to write a memoir on the most influential moment in your life. As simple as it sounds, for 16-year-old Kimberly Vieau, the task wasn’t that easy. “We were supposed to pick a happy memory,” said Kimberly. “But I don’t have many happy memories from my childhood.” Kimberly spoke with her English teacher at Concord Academy in Boyne City, Michigan. Together, they agreed that Kimberly would write about her personal battle with arthritis. Kimberly’s parents first noticed problems when she was a baby. She had difficulty moving and couldn’t walk or sit up until she was almost 2-years-old. In school, she ...more
Announcing the 2017 National Juvenile Arthritis Conference Theme: JA Warriors!

Announcing the 2017 National Juvenile Arthritis Conference Theme: JA Warriors!

We are JA Warriors! Every day over 300,000 children, teens, young adults and their families deal with the challenges of juvenile arthritis and related rheumatic diseases. While each situation is unique, we’re in this together. All-in. Battling whatever gets in our way and celebrating our victories, large and small. We stick together, determined to win the fight against JA. We are bold, brave and bright. And we are proud to announce the 2017 National Juvenile Arthritis Conference theme: JA Warriors! “I’m excited to see the JA Warriors theme come to life at the 2017 JA Conference. All of the kids and ...more