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AS it Goes – My Donation is in the Mail

It’s that time of year again . . .

Donate: donation is in the mail

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when the soliciting machine cranks up its fundraising pleas for donations to worthy or charitable causes. I regularly receive solicitations from university alumni associations, hospital foundations and non-profit organizations asking me for a contribution. Sometimes these groups ratchet up their fundraising appeals with personal telephone calls, asking me to renew an earlier pledge or to make a one-time “special” donation for an especially critical need. 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

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

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

The Gairdner Awards at the AAC Research Symposium

Fighting disease is one of the longest, toughest battles in the world.  But the rewards of scientific breakthroughs are great – often revolutionary – leading to diagnosis, treatment and cure. The Canada Gairdner Awards celebrate and reward the scientists who make these discoveries.

Great research has no borders. The Gairdners …Canada’s only major international scientific prize, inspire medical research, present and future.  They are ours, but they belong to the world.

— Globe and Mail, Editorial October 2009

The Arthritis Alliance of Canada is happy to announce that two of the recipients of the Canada Gairdner International Award will be presenting “Arthritis Unmasked: Genetics, Treatments and Partnerships” at the Arthritis Alliance of Canada’s 2nd Annual Conference and Research Symposium. Sir Marc Feldmann, FRS FAA, and Sir Ravinder Nath Maini, FRS FMEDSCI FRCP, have been recognized “for the discovery of anti-TNF therapy for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases”.

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Seven Canada Gairdner Awards are given annually in three different areas. Each award is valued at $100,000 CDN.

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Life hacks for rheumatoid arthritis

Multi talk bubblesAccording to the results from the JointHealth™ Program Satisfaction and Interest survey, people living with arthritis want to learn about natural ways to help treat or ease the pain from arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Below are some life hacks for rheumatoid arthritis that you can consider. Please note that this article is for information purposes only and not intended to be medical advice. Talk to your healthcare provider before changing or starting a new treatment plan.

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