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Personality traits that protect against arthritis

According to a recent research study, two personality traits can protect against diseases like arthritis, stroke, heart disease, and high blood pressure. The “Personality Traits Predict the Onset of Disease” study was published in the journal of Social Psychology and Personality Science last week.

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The study was led by Josh Jackson of Washington University in St. Louis. Jackson and his team of researchers monitored 7,000 U.S. adults aged 30-90. At the beginning of the study, participants completed a personality questionnaire and declared any preexisting health conditions they may have, including heart disease and cancer. Researchers rated participants according to the Big Five personality traits.

The Big Five, also known as the Five-Factor Model of Personality, is a set of five broad trait dimensions: extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism (emotional stability), and openness to experience (intellect). In the journal titled “Five-Factor Model of Personality”, the authors provide the following definitions: Continue reading

Do you have arthritis in your knee?

knee xrayOsteoarthritis is a form of arthritis that can affect any joint, but the hands and weight-bearing joints – including the spine, hips and knees – are most often affected. This type of arthritis is commonly known as wear and tear arthritis, a disease that involves the wear and tear of the natural cushioning lining the joints. A common form of osteoarthritis is knee arthritis. Do you know what the symptoms of knee arthritis are? Below are some warning signs of knee arthritis.

1. Gradual increase in knee pain

Arthritis pain in the knees does not occur overnight, but slowly and gradually. You experience pain in your knees when you climb stairs, stand, kneel, or even sit down. If your knee pain is preventing you from a good night’s sleep, be weary that it could be arthritis.

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Exploring food choices: Fruits and Veggies

The Fall season is great for exploring food choices. With seasonal holidays like Thanksgiving, Halloween and Christmas, it is easy to fall off the healthy eating wagon while creating the perfect holiday dish. Here are some fun facts to consider before you prep your next meal.

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In a recent article on WebMD, it is noted that scientists define fruit as the part of a plant that develops from a flower and has seeds. It means that bell peppers, squash, cucumbers and pumpkins are considered fruits. Did you also know that one green pepper contains 176 percent of your daily needs for vitamin C? Red and yellow peppers can double that number. A citrus fruit, like the orange, contains just 75 percent of your daily vitamin C requirement. Sweet peppers are also rich sources of vitamin B6 and folate.

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Bananas are berries because it is a fruit that develops from a single flower and a single ovary (the female part of a flower). In a similar fashion, grapes and kiwis are also berries. Bananas are rich in potassium and the arthritis-fighting vitamin B6, folate, and vitamin C. They are also a source of soluble fiber, which helps you lose weight by making you feel full without adding calories.

 

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World Arthritis Day: Vision 2043 Winners and Runner Ups

On Sunday, World Arthritis Day announced the winners and runner ups for their Vision 2043 competition. Below are the submissions for the winners and runner ups! Thank you to our friends in the community for sharing this campaign with friends and family and making World Arthritis Day a great success. Continue the conversation online with the hashtag #WorldArthritisDay.

Global Winner – By: Pavlina Pejkovska, Macedonia

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World Arthritis Day is this Sunday!

World Arthritis DayWorld Arthritis Day (WAD) is celebrated on 12 October every year and provides a chance for people and organisations from around the world to join together and raise awareness of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs). The World Arthritis Day website is supported and managed by EULAR, the European League Against Rheumatism.

The aims of World Arthritis Day are:

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Occupation and the Artist: Sculpting the Illness Experience

ICover for Sculpting the Illness Experiencen their Fall issue, The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy featured an article titled “Occupation and the Artist: Sculpting the Illness Experience” on a person that is a favourite in the arthritis and art community – Otto Kamensek. In the article, Otto shares what his exhibit “Glimmer of Hope” means to him.

“Glimmer of Hope” is a visual journal of the pain Otto has experienced throughout his life with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA). It illustrates the changes and sensations that have occurred in his body. Throughout his work, he uses symbolism to represent the types of pain he experiences and where it occurs in his joints. Lightning bolts represent flashes of pain, needles represent sharp pain, melted down nails represent festering pain, and elongated pyramids represent monumental pain. His sculpture also depicts scars from hip and knee replacements, muscle wasting, and physical changes in the feet and hands.

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