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ROAR 2014: Joint Involvement – Hips-Knees-Hands-Feet

ROAR 2014: Joint Involvement – Hips-Knees-Hands-Feet

ROAR postcardJoin us at an interactive public forum hosted by the Arthritis Patient Advisory Board of the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada.

Patients, researchers and healthcare providers will be discussing the latest research on quality hip and knee replacement rehabilitation, bone changes in early rheumatoid arthritis and more.

What is ROAR?

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The NIH has awarded $6 million to arthritis research

AMP Program Word CloudThe National Institute of Health (NIH) has awarded 11 grants (a total of $6 million) to members of the Accelerating Medicines Partnership in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus (AMP RA/Lupus) Network. The alliance includes various private and public research groups across the United States who are committed to advance research on rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and lupus drugs.

AMP RA/Lupus hope to identify and test biologic agents for RA and lupus treatment. Researchers believe that the disease similarities for RA and lupus will allow them to study both diseases at the same time.

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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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Picture from the University of St. Andrews

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

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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