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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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Arthritis Society calls for more research into medical cannabis

Cannabis Sativa Plant LeafMedical cannabis refers to the use of plant material (either whole or in extract form) that contains various cannabinoid molecules such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC has psychoactive (mind altering), and pain relieving properties. CBD may also reduce pain and inflammation while having no known psychoactive side-effects.

The hemp plant Cannabis saliva (cannabis), known as marijuana, can be used as a therapy to alleviate symptoms such as pain and fatigue caused by chronic disease. Cannabis has a history of medicinal use dating back thousands of years across many cultures.

The Arthritis Society recently released a position paper on medical cannabis. Here is what they have to say about medical cannabis and arthritis:

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Online survey: Share your opinions on JOINT health with us!

Cartoon man with arrowOnline survey: Share your opinions on JOINT health with us!

Canadian Health Researchers want to hear from you.

Joint health has a significant impact on quality of life. There are many exercise programs out there to help people manage chronic joint diseases, but what is the best way for YOU to improve your joint health?

A team of researchers across Canada need your input about the best way to prevent and treat osteoarthritis.

If you are willing to help, please take 5 minutes to fill out this survey. All responses will remain anonymous and confidential and there will be no information collected that will identify you.

Survey Link: click here

For more information, please contact Joanna Ye, Research Assistant by phone at 604-207-4032, toll free 1-877-871-4575, or email

Dernière semaine pour les mises en candidature au prix Qualman-Davies en leadership communautaire en matière d’arthrite !

Award TrophyVous connaissez quelqu’un qui mérite un prix ?

Connaissez-vous quelqu’un atteint d’arthrite qui fait ou a fait preuve de leadership au sein de la collectivité et dont les activités de bénévolat méritent d’être récompensées ? Aidez-nous à souligner sa contribution en proposant sa candidature pour le prix Qualman-Davies en leadership communautaire en matière d’arthrite. Ce vendredi (10 octobre) est la date limite pour soumettre une candidature.

Pour soumettre une candidature, veuillez suivre les quatre étapes suivantes. Vous devez :

  1. Obtenir le consentement de la personne dont vous souhaitez soumettre la candidature avant de remplir le formulaire de candidature;
  2. Cliquer ici pour accéder au formulaire de candidature (en anglais seulement) . Si vous désirez créer un formulaire distinct, veuillez utiliser les en-têtes figurant au formulaire de candidature en format PDF afin d’en faciliter l’examen par le comité d’attribution du prix;
  3. Soumettre le formulaire de candidature dûment rempli à la personne faisant l’objet de cette candidature pour qu’elle en vérifie l’exactitude et lui demander se signer le document;
  4. Soumettre le formulaire rempli à

Le prix sera décerné en personne dans le cadre du gala du Congrès annuel de l’Alliance de l’arthrite du Canada qui se tiendra le 31 octobre prochain, à Toronto, en Ontario.

Last week to submit nominations for the Qualman-Davies Arthritis Consumer Community Leadership Award!

Award TrophyDo you know someone who deserves an award?

Do you know a person with arthritis who has, or is, providing leadership in the community and deserves recognition for their valuable volunteer work? Help us celebrate their contributions by nominating them for the Qualman-Davies Arthritis Consumer Community Leadership Award. This Friday (October 10) is the last day to submit nominations.

To submit a nomination, please follow the four steps listed below.

  1. Obtain the prospective nominee’s consent to be nominated prior to submitting this form.
  2. Click here for the nomination form. If you create a separate nomination document, please use the headings provided on the Nomination Form PDF for ease of review by the award adjudication committee.
  3. Provide the completed nomination form to the nominee for their review for accuracy and obtain their signature on the document.
  4. Submit the form to

The award will be bestowed in person at the Arthritis Alliance of Canada’s Annual Conference Gala on October 31, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario.