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April 2022 Arthritis News Roundup 

April 2022 Arthritis News Roundup 

This Arthritis Awareness Month, look out for Arthritis Foundation billboards in select cities across the U.S. as we work to raise awareness about arthritis and the nearly 60 million people it affects. Journey with us to find the resources and support you need to thrive. The Arthritis Foundation is your trusted source for arthritis-related news and COVID updates that affect people with arthritis. Here’s a wrap-up of the headlines from this past month.     The Latest in COVID-19 News & Arthritis   White House Says COVID Treatment Paxlovid Going Nationwide  As cases rise, the White House is expanding access and use of Paxlovid, a medication made by Pfizer ...more
March 2022 Arthritis News Roundup

March 2022 Arthritis News Roundup

The Arthritis Foundation is your trusted source for arthritis-related news and COVID updates that affect people with arthritis. Here’s a wrap-up of the headlines from this past month.   The Latest in COVID-19 News & Arthritis  Know Your COVID-19 Community Level  The CDC recently unveiled COVID-19 Community Levels, a tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. Check your Community Level.   Omicron Leads to More Children Under 5 Hospitalized   Young children in ...more
February 2022 Monthly News Roundup

February 2022 Monthly News Roundup

The Arthritis Foundation is your trusted source for arthritis-related news and COVID updates that affect people with arthritis. Here’s a wrap-up of the headlines from this past month.     The Latest in COVID-19 News & Arthritis  Updated Guidance for Vaccination in Rheumatology Patients As rheumatologists contend with vaccine hesitancy among certain subsets of patients, the American College of Rheumatology has released updated clinical guidelines on COVID-19 vaccination for patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases, including new recommendations on supplemental and booster doses. Read more.  Get the latest information and news on COVID-19 by visiting the Arthritis Foundation’s Care & Connect portal. FDA Delays Action on Pfizer Vaccine ...more
An Arthritis Patient’s Journey With CBD

An Arthritis Patient’s Journey With CBD

Read the Foundation's official CBD Guidance for patients. We recently connected with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patient and Arthritis Foundation volunteer Ron Lev to find out more about his personal experience with CBD. Ron was formally diagnosed with RA 27 years ago and currently leads an Arthritis Foundation Connect Group, providing support to other arthritis patients. ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION: Thank you for taking the time to chat with us today, Ron. First off, do you use prescribed medications to manage your RA symptoms? Ron: Yes, for overall management of my RA, I use rituximab. ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION: I also see that you have used CBD to help ...more
January 2022 Arthritis News Roundup

January 2022 Arthritis News Roundup

The Arthritis Foundation is your trusted source for arthritis-related news and COVID updates that affect people with arthritis. Here’s a wrap-up of the headlines from this past month.     The Latest in COVID-19 News & Arthritis  Arthritis Drugs May Reduce COVID-19 Vaccine Effectiveness  According to limited research, evidence suggests that disease-modifying drugs used for arthritis may reduce the response of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna. Read more.   Booster Shots Strongly Protect Against Severe Disease From Omicron Variant  Vaccine boosters provide robust protection against severe disease from the omicron variant in the United States, according to three reports that use real-world data to show the shots are ...more
Arthritis Champions Scholarship: Applications Now Open

Arthritis Champions Scholarship: Applications Now Open

Every academic year, we award $5,000 in individual scholarships to the most deserving college students. These students show how they impact the arthritis community and live their best life, while empowering others to do the same. Scholarship applications for the 2022-23 academic year are being accepted through March 31, 2022. So, apply now. Read more here about the Arthritis Champions Scholarship program, where you can get general information and learn about eligibility criteria and how the application process works. The Arthritis Champions Scholarship program is funded by the Walter J. and Kathryn M. Winterhoff Endowed Scholarship Fund, Dr. Smriti Bardhan College Scholarship ...more
December 2021 Arthritis News Roundup

December 2021 Arthritis News Roundup

The Arthritis Foundation is your trusted source for arthritis-related news and COVID updates that affect people with arthritis. Here’s a wrap-up of the headlines from this past month.   The Latest in COVID-19 News & Arthritis  Omicron Surge Brings Highest Rate of Coronavirus Cases  The United States is reporting the highest seven-day average of new coronavirus infections since the start of the pandemic as the highly transmissible omicron variant continues surging across the country. Read more.  COVID Antiviral Drugs Are Here, Remain Scarce  Pfizer's Paxlovid and Merck's molnupiravir are both oral antiviral pills that can be taken at home to keep patients out of the hospital. They're meant to be taken within the first few days of having COVID-19, and they reduce the risk of ...more
Celebrating Everyday Wins

Celebrating Everyday Wins

Having been diagnosed with arthritis at age one, Lisa Bloom doesn’t let arthritis define her. A challenging childhood “It doesn’t define who you are.” This is how Lisa Bloom describes arthritis. That’s a pretty amazing thing to say, considering she’s had it as long as she can remember. “My journey with arthritis started when I was about one year old,” Lisa explains. “Evidently (since I don't remember) I had started walking…and then I stopped. My parents took me to a series of doctors and eventually ended up at the Mayo clinic.” That’s where she was diagnosed, at eighteen months, with what was then ...more
November 2021 Arthritis News Roundup 

November 2021 Arthritis News Roundup 

The Arthritis Foundation is your trusted source for arthritis-related news and COVID updates that affect people with arthritis. Here’s a wrap-up of the headlines from this past month.     American College of Rheumatology Research Highlights  The 2021 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Convergence conference was recently held, gathering researchers, clinicians and patients alike for a week of knowledge sharing to advance treatments, understanding and approaches to managing various rheumatic diseases.  Read the highlights.  Listen to the Live Yes! With Arthritis podcast episode showcasing all the exciting news from the 2021 ACR Convergence conference.    The Latest in COVID-19 News & Arthritis  COVID Vaccine Booster Approved for All Adults  Health officials authorized booster shots for all U.S. adults in response to an increase in ...more
State Advocacy Recap for Q3 2021

State Advocacy Recap for Q3 2021

The third quarter of 2021 has ended so we wanted to take a moment to recap some great victories and opportunities still available for Advocates to take action. Thank you to every single Advocate who has taken action on bills in 2021. Each action from you helps us get one step closer to another victory! Victories The first victory that we are proud to report is the most recent. On October 9th (yes, technically in Quarter 4, but we are too excited to wait), California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 347 into law. The Arthritis Foundation has been the leader of ...more