Category Archives: Arthritis Awareness

Meet Nikita Goswami, Jane Wyman Foundation-sponsored Pediatric Fellow

Meet Nikita Goswami, Jane Wyman Foundation-sponsored Pediatric Fellow

Because access to care is not always guaranteed, the Arthritis Foundation has been working to help close the gap on the nation’s rheumatologist shortage through our fellowship initiative. We recently funded a new fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) through generous donations from the Jane Wyman Trust.

“I am grateful for this opportunity,” says Dr. Nikita Goswami, who was awarded the fellowship. “It will let me provide care to a large, diverse group of children with complex rheumatic conditions and to participate in clinical research to improve the diagnosis and treatment of childhood rheumatic diseases. Keeping the patient’s best interest in mind, I will continue to advocate on behalf of children with these diseases for access to cutting-edge, specialized medical care.”

Dr. Goswami earned her bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University in Ohio, a medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in Portsmouth, Dominica, and she completed a pediatric residency at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke, Virginia. Dr. Goswami is in her second year of a pediatric rheumatology fellowship program at CHLA. The Jane Wyman Trust award will help her complete her last two years of study.

This award means a lot to arthritis patients and families in Southern California. “We’re proud of our long and productive relationship with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles,” says Arthritis Foundation Executive Director Phillip Hain. “Even large cities need more pediatric rheumatologists, and this fellowship will expand the availability of services. In addition to the superb level of care they provide families with a juvenile arthritis diagnosis, CHLA is a true partner in promoting our camps, hosting a support group and telling people about the tools and resources available from the Arthritis Foundation.”

The Opioid Paradox

Misuse of opioid pain relievers has led to a nationwide epidemic of abuse and overdoses. But for many people with chronic pain from arthritis and other conditions, these drugs play an important role in their treatment. Maybe you know someone who takes an opioidmedication, or maybe you, yourself, do.

Should you stop? How hard is it, and what does the process feel like? And how would you ease your pain without opioids? In the March-April issue of Arthritis Today, we talk to five people who have faced the challenges of tapering or stopping opioids. Read about their experiences and what they learned.

 

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Thanks for the Laughs and the Salute to Telethons, Mrs. Maisel!

Remember when telethons were a big thing? Americans would dial in and be greeted by celebrities like Mary Tyler Moore or Betty White. Before Walk to Cure Arthritis and Jingle Bell Run, telethons were a major lifeline (pun intended) for our organization, so we could impact the course of the disease and support the millions of Americans living with it. Continue reading Thanks for the Laughs and the Salute to Telethons, Mrs. Maisel!

CARRA study enrollment complete

New Large-scale Study to Make Personalized Medicine a Reality for Kids With JIA

Personalized treatments for children with arthritis will soon be a reality, thanks to a new research study supported by the Arthritis Foundation.

The study, the largest of its kind, is being done by the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA), a North American research network that conducts collaborative research to find treatments and a cure for pediatric rheumatic diseases. The Arthritis Foundation has worked closely with CARRA since it was formed in 2002. Together, we’ve aligned our scientific agendas, and the Foundation has committed millions of dollars toward expanding juvenile arthritis research through CARRA.

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An Ancient Disease That Needs More Visibility

 The earliest traces of arthritis date back to prehistoric times, detected in the fossils of dinosaurs. The first signs of arthritis in humans were found in the skeletal remains of Native Americans, going back as far as 4500 BC. Ever since, this insidious disease has fanned out across the world. Some estimates put the number of those affected globally at approximately 350 million. Continue reading An Ancient Disease That Needs More Visibility

Giving Tuesday 2018

On This Day of Global Giving, Help Cure Arthritis

Today is the day – it’s time to join the fight against arthritis by participating in #GivingTuesday! November 27, 2018, is a global day dedicated to giving back and celebrating generosity. When you give to the Arthritis Foundation, you help support our commitment to helping the 54 million Americans with arthritis. Give, so the 300,000 children who struggle with arthritis pain daily can say Yes to childhood. Give, so we can fund research for better treatments and a cure. Give, to help make possible more life-changing tools and resources. Continue reading On This Day of Global Giving, Help Cure Arthritis

No One Should Be in Debilitating Pain, Especially at 3 Years Old

Meet Shannan O’hara-Levi

When Shannan O’hara-Levi was only 7 months old, her mother noticed that she would wake up from naps crying and grabbing at her knees. Mrs. O’hara took her to the doctor, only to be brushed off and told it was just “growing pains” that would eventually go away. Ironically, a few years later at a routine checkup, the pediatrician asked Mrs. O’hara why Shannan wasn’t brought in earlier for her red, swollen knees. That’s when Shannan was finally diagnosed with juvenile arthritis (JA). Continue reading No One Should Be in Debilitating Pain, Especially at 3 Years Old

let's grip arthritis

Let’s Get A Grip on Arthritis: Make Your Dedication Today

The Arthritis Foundation is bringing arthritis out of the shadows of isolation and misinformation through an unprecedented cause campaign about the disease’s far-reaching impact. It’s time to take arthritis seriously. The public needs to understand that arthritis is a lot more serious than many think. Continue reading Let’s Get A Grip on Arthritis: Make Your Dedication Today

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Help the World Get a Grip on Arthritis During Arthritis Awareness Month

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, and we’re asking you to join us in our fight against the world’s most prevalent disease.

Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in the United States, affecting one in every four adults, nearly 300,000 children and countless families and loved ones. The physical pain it causes can make everyday tasks difficult if not impossible. Perhaps worst of all, arthritis steals quality of life, preventing people from doing the things they love, like favorite hobbies or activities and even simple pleasures like picking up their child.

That’s why we’ve launched our Let’s Get a Grip on Arthritis campaign. CVS Health®, the campaign’s Presenting Partner, is working with us to help Americans get a grip on arthritis. Shop at CVS Pharmacy® before May 31 and they’ll donate $1 back to the Arthritis Foundation with the purchase of select products, up to a maximum of $300,000.

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