Eric Hamber High School had its 50th year anniversary celebration this Friday. It was a great opportunity for everyone to reminisce about the past.
The celebration also brought joy to two of Arthritis Consumer Experts’ (ACE) staff – Kelly Lendvoy and Anita Chan. They are both Eric Hamber alumni.
Friday’s celebration included a display of rooms dedicated to different decades. There was also a meet and greet in the evening. The celebration continues on Saturday with a gala showcase of past and new Broadway shows the school have been involved with.
When we first met and I told you I had muscular dystrophy, what were your initial thoughts?
I was certainly familiar with the term muscular dystrophy but I didn’t understand what it meant to be honest. Because I was attracted to you, I had a curiosity to find out more. The disease definitely didn’t diminish my interest in you. I remember thinking that whatever this disease is, I’m not afraid of it. The way I’m going to tackle it is to find out more about it.
Once we married, what surprised you or caught you off guard about living with someone with chronic illness? Continue reading →
Earlier this week, Commander Chris Hadfield and the rest of the team of astronauts arrived back from a 5 month trip orbiting the earth. Out there, they were free of gravity’s effects. Unfortunately, that comes at a cost to the body, which is that muscles lose strength and bones thin.
And now that they are back on earth, the astronauts are feeling pretty uncomfortable. Pain and soreness from not being used to holding their heads and bodies upright for many months, for example, are part of the reason for that discomfort.
More than just an excuse to take pictures and tweet from space, the trip was a valuable research opportunity. One of which is to study the effects of gravity on the human body. So, researchers from NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) have been tracking Hadfield’s blood pressure and bone density to learn more about the human aging process and osteoporosis.
The video above has Commander Hadfield explaining the purpose of collecting and storing medical samples.
World Autoimmune Arthritis Day is an annual 47-hour virtual convention. It features nonprofits, advocates, experts, and consumers with autoimmune arthritis from around the world. These guests will educate and inform attendees about diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
Registration is FREE and will allow you to access panels, virtual information booths, special presentations, and topic driven chat sessions. To register, please visit here.
While at the 2013 Canadian Rheumatology Association Annual Scientific Meeting, the ABN interviewed rheumatologists with several questions, including about the value they get from attending this conference. Here is what Dr. Kam Shojania, ARC researcher and head of the Division of Rheumatology at the University of British Columbia, had to say.