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Which OA Pain Reliever Works Best?

Which OA Pain Reliever Works Best?

One of the benefits of modern medicine is the large selection of pain relievers available. The challenge is finding the right one at the right dose to reduce your osteoarthritis (OA) pain. With so many available, which is the most effective? Researchers analyzed 74 studies involving a total of 58,556 people with OA pain in their knees and hips. The studies looked at pain relievers available in the United States, including acetaminophen (Tylenol) and the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Voltaren), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve). It also covered medications not available in the U.S., such as etoricoxib, ...more
Making Smart Meat Choices If You Have Gout

Making Smart Meat Choices If You Have Gout

If you’re changing your diet to help lower uric acid levels and reduce your risk of gout attacks, meat choices can have a big impact. Some meats are high in purines.  Purines are substances found naturally in the body as well as in in foods. They are broken down in the body to form uric acid. When excess uric acid in the bloodstream builds too quickly or can’t be eliminated fast enough, it is deposited as needle-shaped crystals in the tissues of the body, including joints, causing intense pain.  So, a high-purine diet puts you at greater risk for uric ...more
The Secret Power of Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Secret Power of Chocolate Chip Cookies

American chefs Ruth Graves Wakefield and Sue Bridges invented the chocolate chip cookie in 1938 and served them as a sweet snack and dessert at the Toll House Inn in Whitman Massachusetts. Little did they know the impact their invention would have on a little girl from Greensboro, North Carolina some 67 years later. Kate Wingate was born in 2004 to her parents, Brook and Paul, in Greensboro, North Carolina. Kate was an active baby and toddler, playing with her toys and learning to walk. When she was only 18 months old, Kate’s knee swelled and her leg was unable to straighten. ...more
Knee OA More Common Now Than at Any Time in the Last 6,000 Years

Knee OA More Common Now Than at Any Time in the Last 6,000 Years

A team of researchers from the United States and Finland has found that rates of knee osteoarthritis (OA) are higher now than in the past – probably not for the reasons you think. In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers report that knee OA is more than twice as common today, in the post-industrial era, as it was at any time before, going back to prehistoric days. People in the 21st century are also more likely to have arthritis in both knees than were people in the past. So how did the researchers study ...more
Brothers Battle Gigantic Duck and 5 Foot Waves in Record Setting Swim Across Lake Erie

Brothers Battle Gigantic Duck and 5 Foot Waves in Record Setting Swim Across Lake Erie

They said they were going to do it and, by golly, they did it – in record time! Earlier this year, brothers Tom and Greg Van Volkenburg decided they were going to swim across Lake Erie, a distance of 24.3 miles, in honor of their mom, Debbie, who has battled rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for most of her life. Watch a video clip of Tom and Greg finishing their swim across Lake Erie. For most folks, just the idea of swimming across the eleventh largest lake in the world is completely insane. But for Tom and Greg, former college competitive swimmers, it was a ...more
Indianapolis Closes Out the 33rd Annual National Juvenile Arthritis Conference

Indianapolis Closes Out the 33rd Annual National Juvenile Arthritis Conference

Over the weekend, Indianapolis, Indiana played host to the second location of the two 2017 National Juvenile Arthritis Conferences. The Arthritis Foundation welcomed almost 1,000 kids, teens, young adults and their families to an exciting and spirited weekend of education, networking and fun. For the second year in a row, the Arthritis Foundation hosted two JA Conference locations to serve more kids, families and young adults affected by JA and related childhood rheumatic diseases across the country, while also welcoming back returning veteran families. More than 60 percent of Indianapolis attendees were able to experience the JA Conference for the first ...more
Aggressive RA Treatment May Prevent Joint Deformities

Aggressive RA Treatment May Prevent Joint Deformities

Thanks to earlier diagnosis and more effective treatments, joint deformities in people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are becoming less frequent and severe. What Causes Joint Deformities in RA? In a joint affected by RA, inflammatory cells of the immune system gather in the lining of the joint (called synovium), forming a fibrous layer of abnormal tissue (called pannus). The pannus releases substances that quicken bone erosion, cartilage destruction and damage to the surrounding ligaments. The involved joints lose their shape and alignment, resulting in deformities. Severe deformities lead to loss of joint function and the need for joint replacement surgery. Risk factors for the development ...more
Heart Diet Good for Gout

Heart Diet Good for Gout

A diet that’s best known for promoting heart health may also help gout management. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, which emphasizes fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products, may lower serum uric acid (SUA) levels. In a study published in Clinical Rheumatology in March 2017,  research findings showed that the diet reduced SUA within 30 days, with a sustained effect at 90 days. In an earlier study reported in Arthritis & Rheumatology in August 2016, researchers reported similar finding in some cases. Gout occurs when excess uric acid builds up in the blood and ...more
The 2017 National Juvenile Arthritis Conference Indianapolis Gets the Green Light Today!

The 2017 National Juvenile Arthritis Conference Indianapolis Gets the Green Light Today!

Today, almost 1,000 kids, teens, young adults and their families from across the country are joining together in the Hoosier state for the second of two national Juvenile Arthritis (JA) Conferences the Arthritis Foundation is hosting this year. The JA Conference is a unique opportunity to connect families, kids, teens and young adults affected by JA and related childhood rheumatic diseases who spend the weekend networking, learning, sharing tips and forming bonds that can last a lifetime. Held at the charming Hyatt Regency in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, a bustling area filled with restaurants and public parks and minutes away from Indianapolis Motor ...more
Voices: What Have You Learned About Asking for Help?

Voices: What Have You Learned About Asking for Help?

Everyone needs to ask for help occasionally, but when you have a chronic condition, asking for and accepting help can be especially fraught. Here’s what three bloggers have learned. Kelly O’Neill Young http://rawarrior.com "Asking Is Giving" Until rheumatoid arthritis (RA) hit me hard in 2006, I was always the one giving help – not asking for it. It was one of the most distressing changes brought by disability. At times, I dreaded asking for help so much that I would decide to go without – which is fine if it’s a cup of tea, but not if it’s a medicine bottle you really need opened. ...more