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ARThritis Soiree 2016: Join us for an evening of fun!

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Arthritis Research Canada will be hosting its annual ARThritis Soirée on Thursday, May 26 at 7pm. The Soirée will take place at the Vancouver Club, located at 915 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver. This gala will raise money for arthritis research, awareness, and advocacy. The concept behind the gala is that research has shown that art adds to one’s well-being. For many, it is a key element of managing chronic pain. Each year, the Soirée features one form of art. This year’s feature is the Art of Fencing with Olympic and World Champions.

The ARThritis Soirée is an evening designed to attract the city’s most prominent business and community leaders, philanthropists, doctors, scientists, healthcare professionals, and donors through an appreciation of art and a desire to support arthritis research.

The evening’s event will be emceed by Fred Lee, CBC, Vancouver Courier and The Province’s Man About Town. Guests can enjoy hors d’oeuvres, champagne, premium spirits and exquisite BC wines from LaStella and Le Vieux Pin wineries and indulge in legendary Joe Fortes oysters and Northern Divine Caviar.

There will be a live and silent auction, with items such as a chef’s table experience at Joe Fortes, photo sessions, paintings, and entertainment, vacation, spa and lifestyle packages. Buy your raffle ticket for a chance to win a beautiful Birk’s diamond necklace. Please note guests will have complimentary valet parking. Tickets to The 2016 ARThritis Soirée is available for $245.00 and includes complementary valet parking and a partial tax receipt. To learn more about the event, please click here.

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Employment and Arthritis: Making it Work

Making it Work LogoArthritis Research Canada would like to evaluate the effectiveness of Employment and Arthritis: Making it Work – an online eLearning program designed to help people with inflammatory arthritis stay employed. To do so, they are looking for participants to join a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the aforementioned program.

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New robotic horse for arthritis

A team of student engineers from William Marsh Rice University, a private research university located in Houston, Texas, has developed a robotic horse that may help patients with arthritis. Based on the premise of hippotherapy, also known as equine-assisted therapy, the horse simulator is a robotic horse that can be ridden indoors anytime.

Hippotherapy relies on horses to improve the symptoms of patients with neurological or physical illnesses like autism, cerebral palsy, and arthritis. The rhythmic, swinging motion passes through the entire body and is thought to enhance balance, coordination and motor development. This form of treatment is prohibitive because of its cost and accessibility. Physical therapy sessions with a horse can cost upwards of $150 an hour. Continue reading

ACE Releases 9th Annual Arthritis Medications Report Card

Report Card Slide BannerGood news/bad news for Canadians living with arthritis, depending on where they live

Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) has released its Ninth Annual JointHealth™ Arthritis Medications Report Card with a clear message to the federal and provincial governments in Canada: Reimbursement access to arthritis medications has improved in many Canadian provinces, however, disappointing inequities remain in patient/physician choice and patient access to reimbursement for the medication prescribed for them by their rheumatologist.

“Thanks to the advocacy efforts of people living with arthritis and their rheumatologists, progress has been made in many Canadian provinces. We encourage the federal and provincial governments to maintain their commitment to the estimated 600,000 Canadians living with a type of autoimmune arthritis – rheumatoid arthritis, axial spondyloarthritis, psoriatic arthritis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis – and their right to choose with their healthcare team the therapy best suited to their disease biology, which is distinctly different from patient to patient,” said Cheryl Koehn, Founder and President, Arthritis Consumer Experts. Continue reading

JointHealth™ Survey on BC PharmaCare policy

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JointHealth™ Survey on BC PharmaCare policy

Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) is asking for your valuable feedback on new BC PharmaCare policy.

Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) is asking for your valuable feedback on new BC PharmaCare policy. Gathering your views is very important to the advocacy work that we do on your behalf.

This survey includes 13 questions for people living with arthritis and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Your participation will be anonymous and the results will be pooled for analysis to assure your complete privacy. Your responses will in no way impact on your health care or public health insurance coverage.

Thank you for taking the time to participate in this important survey. Your feedback helps us to improve the quality and relevance of Arthritis Consumer Experts’ work.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at: feedback@jointhealth.org.

Increased risk of chronic kidney disease in RA patients

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According to a recent research study, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients are at an increased risk for chronic kidney disease (CKD). Along with CKD, researchers also observe increased inflammation within the first year of diagnosis, corticosteroid usage, hypertension, and obesity.

In the study, researchers monitored 813 Mayo Clinic patients with RA and 813 patients without RA for 20 years. They found that RA patients had a one in four chance of developing CKD, while the general public had a one in five chance. “That might not seem like a lot, but in fact that’s quite a big difference, and it has important implications for the course of rheumatoid arthritis and for the management of the disease,” said Dr. Eric Matteson, senior author of the study. Continue reading