Hot Topics Offer In-depth Discussions on Trending Issues

The Live Yes! Online Community has started a new, on-going series called Hot Topics. Each Hot Topic discussion will take place Monday through Friday and is a 5-day, limited-time special event. Hot Topics will cover just that – trending, in-demand topics featuring a subject matter expert moderator.

Hot Topics are meant to spark discussion and give Online Community users the opportunity to ask questions, share thoughts and get clarity around subjects that matter most. Recently we’ve featured discussions around medical marijuana and CBD oil, plus regenerative medicine and stem cells! Check back here for the most up-to-date schedule for all upcoming Hot Topics!

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Upcoming Hot Topic Events:
June 17 – 21, 2019: Drug Risks & Side Effects

The Online Community will feature a new Hot Topic event every other week for the duration of the year. At the end of each week, the discussion is concluded, and the Hot Topic forum is taken down. Be sure to visit the Online Community during Hot Topic events so you don’t miss out!

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The Live Yes! Online Community is an online forum that allows members connect, share and chat with others in a digital space. Currently there are discussion forums dedicated to rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, other types of arthritis, families affected by juvenile arthritis (JA), advocacy and a popular one for fun, off-topic talk. There is also a special forum called Ask the Professionals, where a rheumatologist and orthopedic surgeon answer community users’ questions.

One of our users recently noted, “The Live Yes! Online Community is a much needed resource since many of us aren’t able to travel to in-person events. This allows us to communicate with others, share stories and experiences, and get our questions answered by health care providers, all from the comfort of our home!”

Registration in the Live Yes! Online Community is free, and forums are moderated by trained volunteers. Sign up today and join us!

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Improving Mental Health for Kids With Juvenile Arthritis

Dr. Andrea Knight, lead investigator, will present “Engaging Patients and Parents to Improve Mental Health for Youth With Rheumatologic Disease” at the 13th International Congress on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus in San Francisco, April 5-8. The results of this study will also appear in the April 2019 issue of Lupus Science & Medicine. Continue reading Improving Mental Health for Kids With Juvenile Arthritis

Arthritis Foundation-CARRA Grant Awardees Announced

The Arthritis Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the most recent round of Arthritis FoundationCARRA Large and Small Grants! The CARRA (Childhood Arthritis & Rheumatology Research Alliance) members below were recently awarded one-year grants with project dates of April 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020. Continue reading Arthritis Foundation-CARRA Grant Awardees Announced

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It’s Not That Complicated

Are you considering making a planned gift to the Arthritis Foundation, but don’t want to go through the time and expense to make changes to your existing estate plans? Don’t fret. It’s probably easier than you think.

In this video, Aric Grooms, Senior Director of Planned Giving for the Arthritis Foundation, discusses just how simply those changes can oftentimes be made. For more information, contact our Planned Giving Department at 866-528-8687, or at

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ELMO1 – More Than Just Your Friendly, Red Sesame Street Character!

Dr. Sanja Arandjelovic has been studying inflammation and arthritis for a while – specifically, how a gene called ELMO1 is related to arthritis symptoms in mice. In 2010, the Arthritis Foundation awarded Dr. Arandjelovic the Philip S. Maaram Esq. Research (Planned Giving) 3-year grant for a project that studied cell enzymes related to joint inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in mice.

During this study, Dr. Arandjelovic worked with Dr. Kodi Ravichandran and his research team at the University of Virginia on a related project, examining the process of joint inflammation in RA. Their work may provide clues to why the pain flare-ups associated with RA occur – and lead to new treatments.

Continue reading ELMO1 – More Than Just Your Friendly, Red Sesame Street Character!

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.

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