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Maestro of rheumatology celebrates his 103rd birthday

ViolinDr. Ephraim Engleman, nicknamed the “Maestro of Rheumatology” by his peers at the Rosalind Russell Medical Research Center for Arthritis, celebrated his 103rd birthday on March 24. He has three passions in life – music, medicine, and his wife, Jean.

In his recently self-published autobiography titled “My Century”, he recounts his early love of music, specifically the violin, struggles to get into medical school, a career as a rheumatologist, involvement with the San Andreas Quartet, and life with Jean. Continue reading

CRA Interview Serie 2014 – Ms. Erin Carruthers: Venous Thromboembolism & Arthritis

Arthritis Broadcast Network’s “CRA Interview Series 2014″ – Ms. Erin Carruthers: Risk of Venous Thromboembolism in individuals with Dermatomyositis and Polymyositits

Today’s interview features Ms. Erin Carruthers, Research Assistant at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada. She did a poster presentation at the CRA Meeting titled “Risk of Venous Thromboembolism in Individuals with Dermatomyositis and Polymyositis.”

Studies have shown that people with inflammatory forms of arthritis may have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular complications, such as heart attacks and strokes, than the general population. However, very little research has been done on the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE), including deep venous thrombosis (blood clots in the legs) and pulmonary embolism (blood clots in the lungs). Using administrative data from the province of British Columbia, this study evaluated this risk in a cohort of people with polymyositis and dermatomyositis. After adjusting for relevant confounders, the risk of VTE was found to be 8.4 times higher in people with dermatomyositis and 7.0 times higher in people with polymyositis, than in the general population. These findings call for increased vigilance in monitoring VTE, a potentially fatal complication in people with these conditions.

Consumer “reporters” interviewed more than 30 leading professionals at the Arthritis Broadcast Network Booth (ABN) during last month’s Canadian Rheumatology Association and Arthritis Health Professions annual meetings (CRA). As of March 14, feature interviews are posted daily on the ABN YouTube channel at http://bit.ly/ABNYouTube. We invite everyone to share the interviews with their networks to strengthen the public profile of arthritis leaders in Canada.

The Arthritis Health Journal – Participate Today!

Do you have rheumatoid arthritis? Would you like to pilot test a new online tool?

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The Arthritis Health Journal is an online tool that helps people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) keep a record of their medical information, track their symptoms, monitor their disease activity, and develop an action plan with their rheumatologist to manage their RA. If you have rheumatoid arthritis, this is a great opportunity for you to help pilot test this innovative online tool that can potentially be life changing for someone living with arthritis.

You are eligible to participate if you: Continue reading

CRA Interview Series 2014 – Ms. Evelyn Kwok: Arthritis and Subglottic Stenosis

Arthritis Broadcast Network’s “CRA Interview Series 2014″ – Ms. Evelyn Kwok: Rheumatological Causes of Subglottic Stenosis

Today’s interview features Ms. Evelyn Kwok, a second-year medical resident at the University of Alberta. She did a poster presentation at the CRA Meeting titled “Rheumatological Causes of Subglottic Stenosis.”

Consumer “reporters” interviewed more than 30 leading professionals at the Arthritis Broadcast Network Booth (ABN) during last month’s Canadian Rheumatology Association and Arthritis Health Professions annual meetings (CRA). Starting March 14, feature interviews will be posted daily on the ABN YouTube channel at http://bit.ly/ABNYouTube. We invite everyone to share the interviews with their networks to strengthen the public profile of arthritis leaders in Canada.

CRA Interview Series 2014 – Dr. Mary-Ann Fitzcharles: Medical Marijuana & Arthritis

Arthritis Broadcast Network’s “CRA Interview Series 2014″ – Dr. Mary-Ann Fitzcharles: Medical Marijuana & Arthritis

Today’s interview features Dr. Mary-Ann Fitzcharles, a rheumatologist at the Department of Anesthesia, MUHC Pain Centre, McGill University, QC. She shares with us some insight on the use of medical marijuana for the treatment of arthritis.

Consumer “reporters” interviewed more than 30 leading professionals at the Arthritis Broadcast Network Booth (ABN) during last month’s Canadian Rheumatology Association and Arthritis Health Professions annual meetings (CRA). Starting March 14, feature interviews will be posted daily on the ABN YouTube channel at http://bit.ly/ABNYouTube. We invite everyone to share the interviews with their networks to strengthen the public profile of arthritis leaders in Canada.

Innovation in Action

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Innovation in Action: Annual arthritis conference brings experts from around the globe to share research, improve patient care

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP) meet once a year, bringing researchers from around the world together so they may share information and discuss the latest science, research, and treatments in the field of rheumatology. Innovative sessions, groundbreaking science, education that fills knowledge and practice gaps, and hands-on skills training make up some of the activities of the event.

The goals of the annual conference include:

  • Identifying developments in disease diagnosis and treatments.
  • Describing potential issues in delivery of care and sharing ideas for solutions.
  • Summarizing recent research findings.
  • Using new research data to improve the quality of patient care.
  • Encouraging research that leads to new treatment protocols.

Arthritis Consumer Experts was at the most recent event, held in October 2013, to represent people living with arthritis and to learn about the latest research findings so we could share them with you. Of particular interest to consumers were two presentations: One was about the current state of osteoarthritis treatment and ways to improve outcomes in the future. The other discussed recent advances in psoriatic arthritis research and how they could be used to effectively identify, diagnose, and treat the disease to improve patients’ quality of life and function. Continue reading