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New treatment allows medications to be delivered to cartilage

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Researchers from the Queen Mary University of London have developed a new treatment that can deliver drugs directly into cartilage – tissue reviously thought to be impenetrable. The treatment uses tiny particles of a patient’s own cells to carry the medications into affected joints.

In an interview with the Express, Professor Mauro Perretti of Queen Mary University of London said: “Cartilage has long been thought to be impenetrable to cells and other small structures leading to strong limitations in our abilities to deliver therapies for arthritis.” The new treatment would only require patients to visit the hospital once every three months and would not cause the side-effects associated with other therapies. Continue reading

Survey on pregnancy and parenting with arthritis

pregnant woman with childThe information obtained through this survey will be analyzed and used to develop an educational resource for pregnancy and parenting with arthritis.

Arthritis affects individuals in many aspects of their life, including decisions regarding pregnancy and in carrying out their role as a parent. As a result, the Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance has launched a project to identify patient information needs as it relates to pregnancy and parenting.

The survey is intended for individuals living with arthritis and for people in their social support network. The information obtained through this survey will be analyzed and used to develop an educational resource for pregnancy and parenting with arthritis.

Share your perspective by taking the survey and help shape the development of this important resource! The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

JointHealth™ monthly – October/ November 2015

JHM Title Page ImageInvesting in employee health and wellness: 2015 Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis

In this issue of JointHealth™ monthly, Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) announces the winners of the 2015 Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis award. Using an extensive evaluation process, ACE has awarded Simon Fraser UniversityL’Oréal Canada and High Liner Foodsfor their best arthritis practices in the workplace and their commitment to investing in employees’ health and well-being.

ACE also looks at recent policy changes in the private health insurance that potentially could affect employees living and working with arthritis. In this issue, you will find:

  • The winners for the 2015 Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis award
  • What you need to know about arthritis in the workplace
  • New policies in private health insurance

Digital Health Technologies: Improving outcomes in paediatric chronic pain

Child and adult Hand HoldingThe Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability (CIRPD) regularly hosts free webinars. The next one, conducted in partnership with Pain BC and the Canadian Pain Coalition, will be on Wednesday, December 9 at 9:30 am PST (12:30 pm EST). The Digital Health Technologies: Improving Outcomes in Paediatric Chronic Pain webinar will look at how the use of digital health technologies has facilitated access to appropriate and timely care.  Continue reading

Arthritis Alliance of Canada’s AGM & Research Symposium

AAC Symposium PosterThe Arthritis Alliance of Canada’s (AAC) Annual General meeting and Research Symposium will be held this Thursday and Friday, October 22 and 23 at the Delta Lodge Hotel at Kananaskis, Alberta. The Symposium, entitled “New Directions in Osteoarthritis Research”, will look ahead at promising approaches for future studies, and identify knowledge gaps and research opportunities.

The AAC workshops will focus on building capacity in research and healthcare sustainability. The programme will bring together scientists, engineers, healthcare providers, trainees, specialists, key stakeholders and most importantly, people living with arthritis.

On Thursday evening, guests will attend “Dr. Cy Frank and The Rocky Mountain Pioneers”, a special gala tribute dinner to honour the accomplishments and legacy of Dr. Cy Frank, who was a talented orthopaedic surgeon, skilled researcher, policy maker, and champion for patient. The winner for the Qualman-Davies Arthritis Consumer Community Leadership Award will also be announced. This prestigious award is given to a person with arthritis who has, or is, providing leadership in the community and deserves recognition for their valuable volunteer work.

ACE “Vote for Arthritis” Survey Results

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ACE “Vote for Arthritis” Survey Results: Where the parties stand on arthritis health issues

One of the longest federal election campaigns in Canadian history is heading for the home stretch in a tight contest between the three major parties. To help you understand where the Conservative Party of Canada, New Democratic Party of Canada, and the Liberal Party of Canada stand on important issues for Canadians living with arthritis, ACE asked the major parties to complete a survey. The Conservative Party is the only party that did not respond.

Here is a summary of responses to ACE’s survey from the Liberal Party of Canada and the New Democratic Party. You can review the ACE survey results in full here.

Does your party think standardized models of arthritis care is necessary? If so, what should the key components of this model be?
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