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Chronic Pain Webinar Series – CPSMP: The international perspectives

Presentation stickmanThe Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability will be hosting, as part of their Chronic Pain Webinar Series, The Stanford Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP): International Perspectives on Thursday, November 20 at 8:30am PST.

The CPSMP is a two-and-a-half hour workshop given once a week, for six weeks, in community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries and hospitals. The workshop covers the following topics: Continue reading

ACR’s 2014 Annual Meeting: It’s BostON!

Annual-Meeting-LogoThe American College of Rheumatology’s (ACR) 2014 Annual Meeting will be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center from Friday, November 14 to Wednesday, November 19 in Boston, Massachusetts. The ACR Annual Meeting is rheumatology’s premier scientific meeting for those involved in research or delivery of rheumatologic care or services.

The event is an opportunity for rheumatology experts from around the world to gather in one place to discuss the latest innovations in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of rheumatic diseases. There will also be presentations on the latest discoveries and research that are transforming rheumatic disease care.

The ACR Annual Meeting program outlines the following global learning objectives: Continue reading

Have you recently been recommended to take BIOLOGIC medications for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

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Have you recently been recommended to take BIOLOGIC medications for Rheumatoid Arthritis? 

The latest online tool to help make your treatment decisions.

We are looking for people with rheumatoid arthritis to test a new online tool that helps to make decisions about using biologic medications.

If you have been recommended to consider using a biologic by your doctor but have not started yet, we invite you to participate in this study.

You may be eligible if you:

  1. Have rheumatoid arthritis
  2. See a rheumatologist
  3. Have received a recommendation to consider biologic therapy
  4. Have a valid email and internet access

The study will take about two hours to complete over a span of four to six weeks, and can be completed remotely. Any information you provide will be completely confidential. An honorarium will be provided for your time.

If you would like more information, please contact Jasmina Memetovic, Research Coordinator by phone at 604-207-4007, toll free 1-877-871-4575, or email jmemetovic@arthritisresearch.ca.

AS it Goes – Participation: A Way to Be Heard

Participation: A Way to Be Heard

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I am not an Arthritis Superhero. I don’t work at one of Canada’s best workplaces for employees living with arthritis. I didn’t participate the annual World Arthritis Day in any special way other than my daily dog walk. I don’t produce videos on living with arthritis to win international acclaim. Nor have I ever been nominated or honoured for any outstanding community leadership in the arthritis field—nor do I expect to be recognized.

What I am is one of the 4.6 million men, women and children diagnosed with arthritis, who soldier along as we cope with our maladies and pains as best as we can. While all of the above mentioned “happenings” connected with increasing arthritis awareness create an all-important public buzz, the rest of us mortals are left trying to figure how to climb a flight of stairs, or twist off the top from a jam jar, or find a comfortable sleeping position. In other words, it’s all about our personal struggle on a daily basis to get through the day (and night) in a positive way, and then try to repeat it over and over again . . . Continue reading

ACE joins forces with One & Only Campaign to promote safe injection practices

One and Only Campaign LogoACE joins forces with the USA’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s One & Only Campaign

We are proud to announce that Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) has recently become a member of the One & Only Campaign, a public safety campaign to promote safe injection practices in all healthcare settings. By teaming up with the Safe Injection Practices Coalition, we’re joining professional groups, healthcare systems, provider groups, private companies and others dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of injection safety.

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MPs in the United Kingdom become “Arthritis Champions”

The letter X in a boxArthritis Research UK’s Arthritis Champion campaign had a successful turnout in its second-ever parliamentary reception. The event aimed to raise awareness of the needs of people with arthritis and highlight the challenges to limiting its impact. At the event, twenty-seven MPs (members of parliament) signed up to be Arthritis Champions.

When a MP commits to becoming an Arthritis Champion, they are supporting the Prevent, Transform, Cure – the Arthritis Research UK manifesto. The manifesto calls for decision makers to put in place policies that will lead to the prevention and cure of musculoskeletal conditions while transforming the service provided to those that live with them.

According to the website, the manifesto calls for politicians to take action by: Continue reading