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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

A picture of a kidney in human hand

Image courtesy of Anusorn P nacho at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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

Canada’s first measures of performance in treating inflammatory arthritis

Performance meterA team of researchers has developed Canada’s first set of systematic measures for tracking how well or poorly health systems are doing in providing services to people who have inflammatory arthritis (IA), a potentially crippling disease that is on the rise in Canada.

The researchers developed six key measures for gauging access to specialist care and initiation of treatment for people with IA, a disease grouping that includes rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis. The work is described in March issue of The Journal of Rheumatology.

People who receive early diagnosis and start of treatment have a better chance of responding well and avoiding permanent joint damage from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the most common form of IA. There is a growing body of evidence that early detection and treatment are also crucial to good outcomes for people who have other types of IA. Continue reading

Arthritis in Manitoba – Surveying Manitoba electoral candidates

Manitoba Election BannerDo you have a burning question you would like to ask?

Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) asks Manitoba’s political leaders to share their plan on how to improve arthritis prevention, treatment and care.

Arthritis has devastating and debilitating effects on the lives of more than 180,000 Manitoba residents aged 15 years and above. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability and work disability in Manitoba. About a quarter of the population with arthritis between 20 and 54 years of age in Manitoba were not in the labour force because of their arthritis, costing Manitoba’s economy more than $600 million in productivity losses.  Continue reading