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World Arthritis Day: The Future in your Hands

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World Arthritis Day (WAD) was established in 1996 by Arthritis and Rheumatism International (ARI) and is a global initiative bringing people together to raise awareness of issues affecting people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease (RMDs). WAD is celebrated every year on October 12th and is supported by a year-round global campaign.

The aims of WAD, set by EULAR, PARE (the Standing Committee of People with Arthritis/Rheumatism in Europe) and the WAD community are: Continue reading

Be arthritis smart this Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is a time to thank the ones you love and of course, enjoy a big feast in the company of family and friends. Sadly, for people living with arthritis, the average Fall favourite food may come with a side of inflammation. Everyday Health provides a summary of good alternatives for healthier food options:

  1. Make your pecan pie an apple pie. Pecan pie and its filling is high in fat and sugar. A fruit-based dessert has nutritional benefits and contains fewer calories. Apple pie can have fewer than half the calories of pecan pie! Continue reading

Government of Canada issues Flexible Work Arrangements report

Arthritis in the Workplace

Government of Canada issues Flexible Work Arrangements report

Working with patients to bring the right to request flexible work arrangements to Canada.

Table from the reportIn May and June of 2016, Canadians participated in the online consultation of implementing a meaningful right to request flexible work arrangements under the Canada Labour Code. Stakeholders shared their expertise, concerns, ideas, and personal experiences through online surveys, written submissions, and roundtable discussions.

ACE participated in Flexible Work consulations carried out by the Department of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, attending a regional roundtable in Vancouver and being part of a written submission from the Arthritis Alliance of Canada.

In its post consultation report, the Department made the following references to arthritis: Continue reading

Arthritis ‘pacemaker’ on the horizon

Graphic explanation of how the arthritis 'pacemaker' worksAn arthritis ‘pacemaker’ is on the horizon. The device is a tiny electronic implant fitted under the skin near the collarbone. It works by sending electrical pulses to the vagus nerve. When the vagus nerve is stimulated by the electric pulse, it sends a signal from the brain to key organs such as the spleen and triggers a decrease in the production of cytokines. Cytokines are proteins that help regulate the immune system and can cause inflammation in joints.

The arthritis ‘pacemaker’ is currently being tested in the Netherlands with people who live with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Scientists found that the use of electrical pulse can have a similar positive effect on RA without the side effects of medications.  The medical device should be available in the United Kingdom by 2020. A patient who took part in the pilot study said: “I have my life back, like before I got arthritis.”

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Clare Jacklin of the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society cautions: “The disease is different in different people. This new device may well be impactful for some patients dependent on their disease profile.”

What are your thoughts? Would you use the arthritis ‘pacemaker’? Continue reading

ROAR 2016 – Action on Arthritis: Steps to a better you

ROAR2016 bannerROAR 2016 – Action on Arthritis: Steps to a better you

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


What is ROAR?

With rapid changes in access to health care information and health technologies, managing your chronic disease is becoming more collaborative and patient-centred. The ROAR public forum features a group of researchers from Arthritis Research Canada who are at the forefront of these changes. They will share what the latest research, developed in collaboration with patients, is telling us about arthritis care and self-management. Updates on current research will be presented in a relaxed and informative series of talks for people with arthritis and those who care for them. Bring your questions, as this is an interactive forum.

Date: Saturday, October 1st, 2016
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm (PDT) Continue reading

Best Arthritis Workplaces: It’s Arthritis Awareness Month – the search is on!

Best Arthritis Workplaces BannerACE is searching for Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis

To help kick off Arthritis Awareness Month in Canada, Arthritis Consumer Experts ACE) today announced the launch of the third annual Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis. The judging criteria this year will particularly value those organizations providing an environment that meets the needs of employees living with arthritis to manage their disease and work with symptoms such as pain, fatigue, joint dysfunction or immobility.

“Smart employers know committed, productive teams require an environment where employees know they can balance work, family and personal responsibilities. In this third year of our award, we are looking closely at the availability of flexible work benefits and policies, as well as employees’ comments on their effectiveness,” said Cheryl Koehn, President and Founder, Arthritis Consumer Experts. “We want to recognize companies providing innovative flexible work arrangements to help employees with arthritis, and other chronic diseases, take better care of themselves, and in turn report less pain, fatigue, and disruption at work, allowing them to remain employed for longer.” Continue reading