Congratulations to Bone and Joint Canada (BJC) for receiving the 2013 CIHR-IMHA Knowledge Translation Award!
Ms. Eve Adams, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Brampton South and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health presented the award at the opening reception of the Arthritis Alliance of Canada’s Conference and Research Symposium last week. Adams congratulated BJC with the following message: “On behalf of our Government, I congratulate Bone and Joint Canada for receiving this important honour. Your leadership has improved both the care and management of musculoskeletal conditions and enhanced the quality of life of many Canadians.”
BJC is the Canadian division of the Bone and Joint Decade launched by the World Health Organization in 2000 as a global partnership to reduce the impact of musculoskeletal health conditions. Since it formed in 2002, BJC has had many major accomplishments, including: Continue reading →
Arthritis Broadcast Network will be attending ROAR: Does a Google a Day Keep the Doctor Away? eHealth forum tomorrow! Come find us at our information booth for a free demonstration on how our ArthritisID app work and learn how you can manage your arthritis. We will also be doing fun on-the-spot speaker’s corner on what you think about eHealth. Follow us on Twitter at @ArthritisNetwrk and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ArthritisBroadcastNetwork.
The Arthritis Research Centre of Canada will be having their annual ROAR (Reaching Out with Arthritis Research) forum tomorrow – a FREE and educational public forum for the community on the explosion of online health information and exploring its benefits and harms. For detailed information on the day’s event, please visit http://www.arthritisresearch.ca/speakers.
Saturday, November 30th, 2013 10:00 am to 12:30 pm PST
In-Person at the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre 818 West 10th Ave. Vancouver, BC
A link to the live online webcast will be sent to those that register.
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A recent study published in Arthritis and Rheumatism suggests people with fibromyalgia process pain differently. The study participants included 31 people living with fibromyalgia and 14 healthy people. Brain scans reveal that people with fibromyalgia are unable to prepare for pain and respond to pain relief as well as healthy people. Do you agree?
As HealthDayreporter Dennis Thompson noted, Dr. Lynn Webster, president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, said: “People without fibromyalgia can mentally alleviate some types of pain that people experience. For people with fibromyalgia, that capability seems to be dampened if not eliminated. They may not be able to respond the same way to medications or our intrinsic [natural] mechanisms for dealing with pain.” Continue reading →
The Arthritis Society is asking Canadians to share their arthritis story in their Share the Pain campaign. The goal is to start and change the conversation in Canada about the reality of living with arthritis. The more arthritis stories shared, the more inspiration it will create for others living with arthritis. It’s about hearing your voice and your story and creating a better understanding and support network for everyone in the arthritis community. By sharing your story, you will be helping healthcare professionals, support networks, entrepreneurs, industry partners, friends, and family understand the needs of people living with arthritis.
You can participate in Share the Pain by:
visiting ThePain.ca, register and tell your own arthritis story;
tweeting your story and following the conversation by using the hashtag #thepain;
calling The Arthritis Society’s voice mailbox at 1-855-599-PAIN (7246) to ‘speak the pain’; or
sharing your story below and we will forward your story with The Arthritis Society.
Once you are registered on the website, you can click the star in the top left corner to find stories that are of particular interest to you and respond to stories. A variety of perspectives will greatly enrich the conversations taking place. The topics that generate the most engagement and conversation will help guide The Arthritis Society and other support organizations’ future goals and planning.
On October 25, Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) asked for your views on subsequent-entry biologics (SEBs). Health Canada defines SEBS as a “biologic drug that enters the market subsequent to a version previously authorized in Canada, and with demonstrated similarity to a reference biologic drug.” Unlike generic medications, SEBs are not identical to their originator drugs. Since every biologic is made from living cells, even minor differences from the originator drug change the way a SEB acts in the body.
Today is the last day to complete this short survey to let us know how much you know about SEBs. Your feedback is vitally important to the work ACE conducts on behalf of the more than 456,000 Albertans living with arthritis.
Please be assured that all responses will remain anonymous and confidential. Personal information will not be collected as part of this survey.
A friend recently told me that she was prescribed medical marijuana to help with her crippling and frequent migraine pain. As a reformed cigarette smoker, she decided against smoking it and instead, brewed the cannabis into a tea. While the resulting infusion only slightly eased her migraine pain, it made her feel groggy and slow (not ‘high’), so she abandoned this option as a viable alternative treatment.
When her mother who suffers from debilitating arthritis came for tea, she sampled the “special brew” and experienced the opposite effect: she became extremely agitated and therefore, declined to accept a second cup. I have another friend who uses marijuana to combat the debilitating effects of chemotherapy treatments; it is baked into bite-sized cookies that help suppress nausea and stimulate appetite. Continue reading →