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Although arthritis is one of the most common diseases in the world, most people haven’t heard much about it. Or they don’t know what it really is or how it affects those who live with it. In a Harris Poll of 2,000 adults in the U.S. on behalf of the Arthritis Foundation, only 7% of them knew that arthritis is the country’s #1 cause of disability. A whopping 85% said the disease needs more attention.
As someone who lives with arthritis every day, you can help elevate arthritis awareness on Oct. 12 — World Arthritis Day. While arthritis is 24/7/365, this is a special day to remember the disease’s far-reaching impact. Continue reading World Arthritis Day 2019
Bonnie Simpson Mason, MD, faces the conference room in a power pose, hands on hips, and the medical students rise from their seats to copy her stance. Poised and confident, genial but firm, she shares her tips for success: “Be an initiator. Be a problem-solver. Be resourceful. Be that person who’s there early, who stays late, who’s always enthusiastic.” Continue reading Bonnie Simpson Mason Used to Mend Bones. Now She Nurtures Dreams.
Hi! I’m Tara, and I’m a social worker for the Arthritis Foundation Helpline. When I’m not at work, you can usually find me in the garden. Over more than 20 years as a social worker, I’ve had many roles helping people. At the Arthritis Foundation. I’ve answered thousands of questions about arthritis, how to manage it and the best ways to get and pay for care. Continue reading Open Enrollment: Q&A to Help You Get Ready
Developing new treatments for kids with arthritis is challenging. Drugs that work for adults may not work the same way in children. Ask any pediatrician and they will remind you that kids are not just small adults. Children are still growing and developing. They are different sizes and at different stages of development, which makes dosing and safety considerations more challenging. The types of additional medical conditions children experience may be very different from the conditions seen in adults. Continue reading Developing New Treatments for Kids With Arthritis
The things that matter most to you in your journey with arthritis help pave the way to the education, resources and research that are needed to help you live your best life.
The Arthritis Foundation’s Patient Leadership Council (PLC) serves as the voice of people living with various types of arthritis, representing what matters most to people like you. Each of the 12 members of the PLC has a form of arthritis – OA, RA, JIA, lupus, scleroderma. They hail from all over the United States, from New York to Washington, California to Indiana, Kansas to Texas. Each of them has their own compelling story to tell. Continue reading Meet YOUR Patient Leadership Council
You may have noticed that CBD-based products have become almost as mainstream and as ubiquitous as pumpkin spice is this time of year. Touted as the magic ingredient in beauty products and snack foods, CBD (cannabidiol) seems to offer something for everyone. People with arthritis pain want to know: Is there something in it for me?
Driven almost exclusively by marketing and word of mouth, with very little science to back it up, CBD has become the buzz among people with arthritis looking for pain relief.
That’s what got the attention of Natalie Azar, MD, a rheumatologist and medical contributor for NBC News. She learned that people with arthritis were asking the Arthritis Foundation: Should I try CBD? Will it work for me?
The Arthritis Foundation recently consulted leading arthritis and CBD experts to find out what you should know about this compound, which is typically extracted from the hemp plant. The result is the Arthritis Foundation CBD Consumer Guidance for Adults with Arthritis.
Dr. Azar featured our guidance in her report on CBD on the “Today” show Tuesday, September 24, 2019.
We want you to be in the best position to make an informed decision with your doctor about trying CBD.
Read Arthritis Foundation CBD Guidance for Adults with Arthritis.
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The 2019 Live Yes! Conference of Champions — held in Atlanta, Sept. 13-15 — highlighted the life-changing resources and powerful connections the Arthritis Foundation makes possible in the fight against arthritis. Continue reading 2019 Live Yes! Conference of Champions — Looking Out for Arthritis Patients
The 2019 Live Yes! Conference of Champions, Sept. 13-15, sparked conversation, learning and celebration. Many Arthritis Warriors joined top volunteers, partners and other supporters of the arthritis movement to move our crucial work ahead. Ultimately, this ongoing work will help even more people with arthritis live their best life.
As a highlight of the conference, the Arthritis Foundation’s 2019 Evening of Honors was held in Atlanta on Sept. 13. There, we recognized Champions of Yes who have demonstrated what’s possible. The special evening was hosted for the second year in a row by Pete Scalia, co-anchor of WBNC 10TV’s “This Morning” news program in Columbus, Ohio. Pete has been very open about living with RA and highly engaged in local Arthritis Foundation activities. Continue reading 2019 Evening of Honors: Best of the Best Among Arthritis Volunteers
Recognized as a world leader in the fight to cure arthritis — providing trusted resources while advancing science, advocacy and community connections — the Arthritis Foundation is actively participating in the 2019 Peking University International Osteoarthritis (OA) Forum, September 7-8, in Beijing, China. Continue reading Our Global OA Outreach Extends to China!