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What is the Qualman-Davies Leadership Award?

The Qualman-Davies Arthritis Consumer Community Leadership Award was created in 2014 to recognize one person’s contributions to helping all Canadians living with the disease to be heard in decision-making processes that affect millions. That’s what Ann Qualman and Jim Davies did as early pioneers in arthritis advocacy in Canada. Their tireless and selfless efforts helped millions of Canadians.

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Heart health for people with psoriasis: Blood pressure

Heart with stethoscope beside itPsoriatic arthritis is linked to the skin disease, psoriasis, which causes a scaly-type rash usually occurring on the elbows, knees, and scalp. Psoriasis is considered a significant risk factor for developing psoriatic arthritis – up to 30% of people diagnosed with psoriasis go on to develop psoriatic arthritis. A recent study shows that people with extensive psoriasis are likely to have hypertension that’s inadequately controlled. According to the study, cardiovascular risk in people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis is best assessed using carotid ultrasound.

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Life hacks for rheumatoid arthritis

Multi talk bubblesAccording to the results from the JointHealth™ Program Satisfaction and Interest survey, people living with arthritis want to learn about natural ways to help treat or ease the pain from arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Below are some life hacks for rheumatoid arthritis that you can consider. Please note that this article is for information purposes only and not intended to be medical advice. Talk to your healthcare provider before changing or starting a new treatment plan.

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A salty effect on your immune system

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA new trial in the United States is looking at the effect of salt on the immune system. Previous research shows that a high intake of salt has an adverse effect on medical conditions like high blood pressure and diseases like heart disease, osteoporosis, and stomach cancer.

A study conducted at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found that animals fed a high-salt diet for three weeks had a dramatic increase in a type of cell in the immune system called type 17 helper T cell (Th17) when compared to those fed a normal diet. The Th17 cell triggers inflammation and is associated with diseases like type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis (which cause inflammation in the gut).

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How good is your health system?

Competition drives motivation and your health system is no different. Within Canada, there are comparative differences in climate and lifestyle across different provinces and territories. We have all heard that Vancouverites love to wear Lululemon and are more laid-back and Torontonians, being one of the financial hubs of Canada, are workaholics. Besides these fun and personalized comparisons, there should be data that address major issues like health, education, and politics. The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) has created just that for health – a new web tool titled Your Health System.

Your Health System provides the big picture for your health system. The tool allows visitors to compare between different city, province, region, territory, and hospital. Five themes were considered to be the most important:

  1. Access – Can you get the health services you need when you need them?
  2. Quality of care – How good is the care you are receiving, and is it safe?
  3. Spending – How much do the health services you use cost the system?
  4. Health promotion and disease prevention – How well is the system working to help you stay healthy and avoid getting sick?
  5. Health outcomes – Are Canadians actually getting healthier?

The following images are one of many data related to arthritis:

Specialist Data

Captured from Your Health System

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ROAR 2014: Joint Involvement – Hips-Knees-Hands-Feet

ROAR 2014: Joint Involvement – Hips-Knees-Hands-Feet

ROAR postcardJoin us at an interactive public forum hosted by the Arthritis Patient Advisory Board of the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada.

Patients, researchers and healthcare providers will be discussing the latest research on quality hip and knee replacement rehabilitation, bone changes in early rheumatoid arthritis and more.

What is ROAR?

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