If you have osteoporosis you’ve probably heard of, and may have been treated with, a class of drugs that are used to prevent and treat bone loss: bisphosphonates. Dr. Tuhina Neogi and her research team are using new methods to look at how the long-term effects of using these drugs may be related to the progression of knee osteoarthritis (OA).
Dr. Neogi’s 2-year Arthritis Foundation-funded project, “Bisphosphonate Effects in Knee Osteoarthritis,” is looking at the relationship of bisphosphonate treatment and the structural changes in the knee associated with OA progression. To do this, Dr. Neogi and her team are looking at how knee joint space width, three-dimensional (3D) bone shape, and bone marrow lesions change in OA patients over time.
Continue reading Researchers on the Path to a Cure – Spotlight on Dr. Tuhina Neogi
Up to half of patients treated with the arthritis drug hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) are prescribed more than the recommended maximum amount, according to new research. In separate studies, Canadian and U.S. researchers found that 30 to 50 percent of patients didn’t receive the dose outlined in treatment guidelines; a smaller percentage didn’t get recommended eye exams.
Continue reading Wrong Hydroxychloroquine Dose Is Common, Putting Eyes at Risk
The Arthritis Foundation is proud to host signature events across the country such as the Walk to Cure Arthritis and Jingle Bell Run. However, if walking or running isn’t in your repertoire, we also host four different Arthritis Bike Classic events – all of them currently held on the west coast in Oregon and California – though riders have come from near and far to take part in these wonderful events.
Continue reading Pedal For A Purpose – The Arthritis Foundation’s Bike Classic Events
Today is National Walking Day! Spring is finally here, and we can shed a few layers and lace up our walking shoes to celebrate the day! It may seem counterintuitive, but most people with arthritis find that physical exercise is an excellent way to ease pain, soothe achy joints and increase energy levels – just check with your doctor first to discuss your arthritis type and individual needs.
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a new product to repair damaged knee cartilage using cells from the patient’s own knee. The product, called Matrix Associated Chondrocyte Implantation (MACI), is approved for use in people younger than age 55 who have what are known as “focal chondral defects,” which can be a precursor to knee osteoarthritis (OA). Experts say, while MACI is not for use in people with knee OA, it does provide a new treatment option to prevent OA from developing in a particular group of patients.
Continue reading FDA OKs First in a New Generation of Knee Cartilage Repair
Here at the Arthritis Foundation, we’re always looking for better ways to help you live your best. Today, we’re launching a new initiative that we think you will want to be part of.
Whether you have arthritis yourself or know someone who does, we want to give you an opportunity to receive exclusive information related specifically to your disease type(s) and other helpful topics you choose. You pick the topics, and we’ll send you the latest research, news, tips & exclusive resources – right to your inbox.
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Today, March 30, 2017, is a day we celebrate “the contribution of physicians who serve our country by caring for its citizens.”
In 1933, the first Doctors’ Day observance occurred in Winder, GA, where the wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond proposed setting aside a day that included mailing greeting cards and placing flowers on the graves of deceased doctors. In 1958, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted a resolution commemorating Doctors’ Day. Finally in 1990, following overwhelming approval by Congress; President George H.W. Bush turned the commemoration into a national holiday.
The Arthritis Foundation is proud to honor all of our physicians that give their tireless support to their patients, families and community, and partner with the Arthritis Foundation on events like the Walk to Cure Arthritis, Jingle Bell Run, JA Days and more.
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What do skin and cartilage have in common? It depends on who you ask. Dr. Veronique Lefebvre, a researcher at Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute, is currently working on a 2016 foundation-funded project called “Quality-by-Design approach to create articular cartilage from pluripotency” that connects the dots between skin and cartilage. Dr. Lefebvre and her team are developing a protocol that starts with skin cells and ends with knee cartilage.
Continue reading Researchers on the Path to a Cure – Spotlight on Dr. Veronique Lefebvre
The National Gathering is a truly life changing event for adults living with arthritis and rheumatic diseases. It’s a weekend filled with both professional and volunteer led sessions on a variety of meaningful topics, but more than that, it’s a weekend spent with people who understand exactly what you’re going through. People you can share your triumphs and challenges with. And by the end of it, people that you will call your family.
This is the Gathering’s 10th anniversary and this year’s theme – 10 Years & Growing really symbolizes the past and present. To help explain the Gathering a little more to people that haven’t been, we put together a Top 10 list of reasons why YOU should come to this year’s National Gathering in Kansas City on June 9-11, 2017.
- Celebrate the 10th year of this inspiring event
A lot can happen in 10 years. Since our extended family first got together a decade ago, we’ve come a long way. Many things have changed – our hair styles, what we wear, the phones we carry. But one thing is the same: There’s still a group of people who understand exactly what you face daily, living with arthritis. And now there are more of us.
- Connect with a community of people living with arthritis and rheumatic diseases
Whether this is your first year, third year or tenth; you will be welcomed with open arms at the Gathering. So many people refer to their fellow Gathering attendees as “family”. Everyone “gets it”, there’s no need to hide or sugar coat your experiences living with arthritis. Everyone understands what you are going through, and wants to listen, help, and encourage you. One past attendees told us the Gathering “changed my outlook and life. I came out of my “disease closet” and became more comfortable to be open about my disease.”
- Learn from the sessions
From breakout sessions to hanging out with the experts, there is a lot to learn at the Gathering. Our sessions touch on a variety of topics – alternative therapies, emotional health, and more. Beyond the sessions, spending time with people who live with arthritis day in and day out, you are bound to learn a few tricks and tips from your new-found friends.
- Learn how you can make a lasting impact and difference
A staggering 54 million Americans live with arthritis. At the Gathering, you will learn how you can get involved in Arthritis Foundation projects in your local community – like starting or attending a local Arthritis Support Network, fundraising for Jingle Bell Run or becoming an Advocate. Says one past attendee, “For me, such fantastic education on so many levels and subjects from the medical world, learning about advocacy & so much more. I was so “lifted up” from attending the Gathering.”
- Learn how to become an empowered patient
How does one become empowered you may be thinking. Well it starts by helping you feel stronger and more confident. We do this through our educational sessions and by arming you with the tools and knowledge you need, but the entire Gathering is really one big, fun, and powerful learning experience. Arthritis Support Networks were created out of need to connect and empower people living with arthritis and rheumatic diseases, and the Gathering is an extension of that. To be in a room full of people that truly “get it” is a very special and empowering feeling.
- Hang out with your arthritis family
If you’ve been to the Gathering before, you know that you are now part of large, welcoming family made up of past attendees that are just like you. “It’s a place you feel comfortable”, “…an environment that you feel welcomed” and “It’s truly life-changing to find your tribe of people just like you. These people become FAMILY.” These are just a few of the many things past attendees have told us about spending time with their Gathering family.
- Provide support for your adult loved ones
In a lot of cases, we’re not the only ones living with arthritis. We are the ones physically impacted, but our family and friends certainly share in our experiences and pain. At the Gathering there are a group of sessions dedicated to topics for loved ones, including sessions on caregiving and how to cope with various issues if your loved one has arthritis.
- Go somewhere new, experience the culture – and eat KC BBQ!
Kansas City, the sixth largest city in the Midwest, is filled with history and culture. It’s also renowned for its barbecue – and if you haven’t tried KC barbecue you are in for a treat. “Kansas City style” barbecue means the meat is slowly smoked over wood and covered with a tomato and molasses based sauce. But barbecue isn’t all Kansas City has to offer – it’s one of the only metropolitan areas in the county that straddles two states (Kansas and Missouri), it’s situated on the beautiful Missouri River and has numerous cultural attractions. Did you know the nation’s 33rd President Harry S. Truman was born in Kansas City? You can visit his former home, his Presidential Library, and take in a game at Truman Sports Complex where Kauffman Stadium resides – home to the 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals. (Get to KC on Thursday to watch a baseball game – the Royals start a 9-game road trip on June 9). For more about Kansas City click here.
- Relax, and truly be yourself
Have you ever gone somewhere and thought you wouldn’t fit in? Have you thought people would know you’re different? Maybe it’s your slight limp, or your splints. Perhaps you’re in a wheelchair or take pills with your meals. Whatever it may be, imagine now you are in a place where no one cares about that. In fact, imagine going to place were lots of people think just like you – like they don’t fit in because they have some form of arthritis or rheumatic disease. At the Gathering, everyone fits in.
- The Monday Excursion
Each year, the Monday after the Gathering, a large group of attendees go on what we like to call “The Monday excursion” and it is now a Gathering tradition. It’s an opportunity to spend quality time with your friends and loved ones after the action-packed weekend. This optional excursion will certainly include exploring the local Kansas City area – see #8 above! – and we will post the details on our website soon.
Join us at this year’s 10th Annual National Gathering in Kansas City, June 9-11. Scholarships are available until April 3 and registration is open until May 18. We hope to see you there!
More than 54 million adults in the United States have some form of arthritis and, for nearly half of them, the pain, stiffness and joint damage make daily life harder, according to a new report released in early March by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While the report notes that the prevalence of arthritis has not changed significantly since 2002, it does highlight a 20 percent jump in the percentage of people who have arthritis-attributable limitations in activities – that is, trouble with simple tasks such as lifting a grocery bag or walking a few blocks.
Continue reading More Americans Report Arthritis-Related Limitations Than 15 Years Ago