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Arthritis and Exercise Measures study: The University of Saskatchewan needs your help

Do you have arthritis? Participate for a chance to win a $50 pre-paid credit card

Picture of SaskatoonThe University of Saskatchewan is conducting a study to understand what helps people exercise regularly. You will be asked to complete 2 online surveys, which will ask you about your arthritis and current exercise patterns. After completing both surveys, you will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a 1 of 2 $50 pre-paid credit cards.

You can participate in the “Arthritis and Exercise Measures” study if:

  • You have been told by a healthcare person (e.g., doctor, physiotherapist) that you have arthritis
  • You have exercised for at least 15 minutes at least once in the past month (28 days)
  • You are 18 years of age or older

The first survey will take about 15-20 minutes to complete. The second follow-up survey will be emailed to you 2 weeks later and will take 5-10 minutes to complete. Any information collected during the study will be confidential. If you are interested in participating in this study, please follow this link: https://fluidsurveys.usask.ca/s/arthritis-phd-study-2/.

If you would like more information, please contact research coordinator James Sessford at james.sessford@usask.ca.

Exercise to protect against rheumatoid arthritis

Heart Shaped Bike RackResearchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm say that exercise and physical activity may protect against the development of rheumatoid arthritis in women. The researchers studied 30,112 women enrolled in the Swedish Mammography Cohort who responded to a questionnaire in 1997 regarding physical activity. Participants were asked questions that assess daily energy use at home and wok and during leisure time. Researchers calculated the metabolic equivalent score based on duration, intensity and inactivity.

According to the research findings, 201 out of 30,112 women developed rheumatoid arthritis (RA) during the average follow-up time of 7.5 years, totalling 226, 477 person-years. Other findings include:

  • The women who developed RA expended less energy per week;
  • Women who spent more hours performing home or household chore had a 35% decreased risk of developing RA;
  • Women who spent 2 hours or more per week exercising had a 20% decreased; and,
  • Women who were inactive during their leisure time had a 27% increased risk for developing RA.

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Morning pain: Measuring the true impact of RA

StretchAccording to recent study, there was a strong connection between the severity and intensity of morning symptoms (including pain and stiffness) and measures of disease activity in the lives of those living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Below are the findings from the study:

  • Relation between the severity of morning stiffness and intensity of morning pain and measures of disease activity = Pearson correlation of 0.91 (P<0.001)
  • Relation between the duration and severity of morning stiffness and the Disease Activity Score at 28 joints (DAS28) and the American College of Rheumatology -20 score (ACR20) = Pearson correlation of 0.50 (P<0.001)
  • Duration of morning stiffness and intensity of morning pain – Pearson correlation of 0.46 (P<0.001)
  • Pain on waking as measured in patient diaries and at a clinic visits as part of the ACR assessment – Pearson correlation of 0.69 (P<0.0001)

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Arthritis in Alberta – Surveying Alberta electoral candidates

Alberta Elections Slide ImageACE asks Alberta’s political leaders to share their plan on how to improve arthritis prevention, treatment and care.

According to the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute, arthritis has devastating and debilitating effects on the lives of more than 500,000 Albertans. It is also the leading cause of work disability in Alberta, with nearly three out of every five people with arthritis of working age, costing Alberta’s economy $3.3 billion in direct and indirect costs.

Arthritis Consumer Experts sent an open letter and survey to all candidates in the upcoming May 5th Alberta provincial election, asking them how their Party plans to improve arthritis prevention, treatment and care.

Candidate responses can be viewed on our website. Click on Alberta Election 2015 where you will find responses categorized by party and arranged according to the date we receive them.
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AS it Goes – Bridging the Patient-Doctor Divide

The doctor is listeningA checkup appointment at my rheumatologist (doctor who specializes in arthritis) always leads to some interesting discussions. Most of the time I try to “research” a topic beforehand, so that I am armed with the latest background information on whatever are my most pressing concerns at the time. When I launch into my questions (I always have a list written out), I have a better-than-even chance of holding a meaningful conversation with my rheumy. In turn, I get more out of the conversation instead of returning home with questions that even Google cannot answer. Understanding what he is really saying provides me with the sense that I am in control of my ankylosing spondylitis (AS), and not the other way around (AS controlling me?) Continue reading

CRA Interview Series 2015 – Mr. Michael Mallison: Thoughts from the CSA

Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) and Allied Health Professions Association (AHPA) Interview Series 2015

Today’s feature interview – Mr. Michael Mallison: Thoughts from the Canadian Spondylitis Association (CSA)

ABN reporters from Canada’s arthritis consumer organizations interviewed leading health professionals and researchers during last month’s CRA and AHPA annual meetings.

Beginning March 9, feature interviews will be posted on the ABN YouTube channel http://bit.ly/ABNYouTube. Please help us raise awareness about the important work going on in Canada by sharing the interviews with your organizational and social networks.

About Mr. Michael Mallison

Michael MallisonMichael was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis ten years after onset. Looking for support, he joined the Ontario Spondylitis Association, becoming its Fundraising Chair and then President. Michael was elected the first President of the Canadian Spondylitis Association in 2007 and continues to fill that role. Continue reading