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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

ACE goes to Saskatoon for the 2015 CADTH Symposium

ACE goes to Saskatoon for the 2015 CADTH Symposium

Making arthritis news: Sharing the latest from the Paris of the Prairies 

CADTH 2015 PosterArthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) will be in Saskatoon, the “Paris of the Prairies”, to attend the 2015 CADTH Symposium at TCU Place. The meeting, between Sunday, April 12 and Tuesday, April 14, will bring together producers and users of evidence-based information on drugs and health technologies to learn about, collaborate and share the latest advances in health research and care.  Each year, the symposium attracts an estimated 650 delegates from key sectors, including Health Technology Assessment (HTA) producers, health economists, government, universities, healthcare providers, industry and patient groups.  Continue reading

CRA Interview Series 2015 – Dr. Michel Zummer on Spondyloarthritis

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

Today’s feature interview – Dr. Michel Zummer on Spondyloarthritis

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 Dr. Michel Zummer (From Arthritis Alliance of Canada)

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Photo from: AAC

Dr. Michel Zummer received his M.D. from Université Laval, in Ste-Foy, Quebec, and internal medicine and rheumatology training at the Université de Montréal and McGill University. Continue reading