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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
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
Could Your Back Pain Be Gout?

Could Your Back Pain Be Gout?

If you have ever had back pain, you know how difficult it can be to pinpoint the cause. From bone spurs to overworked muscles to slipped discs, there’s no shortage of ailments that could be at the root of your aching lumbar. And here’s one more. Over the last 10 years, rheumatologists have documented more cases of gout appearing in the spine. So if you are one of the 8 million Americans with this inflammatory form of arthritis – and you have unexplained back or neck pain, tingling sensations down your arm or leg, or numbness – there’s a small chance ...more
More African-Americans Could Benefit from Knee Replacement Surgery

More African-Americans Could Benefit from Knee Replacement Surgery

Studies have shown that racial minorities in the United States undergo fewer total knee replacements (TKR) for knee osteoarthritis (OA) than whites do, but the reasons for this are unclear. A new study sheds light on why fewer black Americans tend to have the surgery – and at what cost. It found that African-Americans are offered the option of TKR in fewer cases than whites are, they accept the option less frequently, and when they do undergo the procedure, they have higher rates of complications. Because of these factors, they lose a large number of what’s called “quality-adjusted life years” ...more
Platinum Ambassador Spotlight: Amy Barron, OHIO

Platinum Ambassador Spotlight: Amy Barron, OHIO

ADVOCACY COMMITTEE REACHES GOAL!  By Amy Barron, Platinum Ambassador, OH Advocacy Committee I am privileged to serve as a member of the Arthritis Foundation’s Ohio State Advocacy Committee. Advocacy committees like mine help to chart the course of local and state-wide advocacy action for our arthritis community. Many of our committee members serve as Arthritis Foundation Advocates and Ambassadors, at both the state and federal level. As our advocacy committee set our goals for 2018, we were reminded by our chair, Carol Arbaczewski that, “Our goals should be ones we feel strongly about and are willing to take on.”  Limiting burdensome use of an insurance ...more
Rheumatoid Arthritis Research Briefs: RA Tests, Dementia, Disability

Rheumatoid Arthritis Research Briefs: RA Tests, Dementia, Disability

Keep up-to-date on the latest rheumatoid arthritis (RA) research with our brief research summaries. Obesity May Affect RA Tests Research has shown that obesity can increase the risk of RA or worsen symptoms. A new study of more than 2,000 people with RA suggests it could also affect the results of tests used to measure RA inflammation. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found a link between body mass index (BMI, a measure of body fat) and elevated results of two common tests – SED rate and C-reactive protein (CRP) – used in diagnosing RA and gauging its activity. Researchers say this association ...more