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Juvenile idiopathic arthritis and bullying

Girl thinkingJuvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is chronic inflammatory arthritis developing in children under the age of 16 years. The disease strikes up to one in 1000 children and is one of the most common chronic diseases among children.

Autoimmune diseases generally occur when the body’s immune system begins to malfunction and attack healthy tissue in various parts of the body, causing inflammation and damage. In JIA, joints are attacked by inflammation and become stiff, painful, and swollen. Some children with JIA develop inflammation involving their eyes as well; in some severe subtypes of JIA, organs such as the heart or lungs can be involved. Continue reading

Arthritis New Zealand’s ORANGE sets out to inspire

Poster for the playArthritis New Zealand has produced ORANGE, a unique stage work to celebrate and release the artistic voice of young people with arthritis. The play is performed by a group of young and talented people, aged 17 to 24 years, living with arthritis. They will articulate the struggles, alongside the strengths and resilience experienced by young people with arthritis to inspire the fight against arthritis. If you are inspired by this play, talk to your local school or community to create a similar play to raise awareness for arthritis.

In a press release, Arthritis New Zealand CEO, Sandra Kirby said: “ORANGE is a multi-disciplined performance combining and displaying the unique talents of the young actors, dancers, singers and musicians involved, celebrating their abilities. We are incredibly proud of the performers and the work that has gone into bringing ORANGE to life. The audience will be taken on an inspirational and very personal journey throughout the performance. A truly collaborative effort with an emphasis on the challenges, alongside the personal triumphs experienced every day by young people with arthritis.” Continue reading

#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 3: Appreciate FIFA dads and all dads

Father’s Day is this Sunday#Goals4Arthritis would like to send a shout out to all the FIFA World Cup dads and all other dads in the world. Goal 3 is to work your cerebral muscles and come up with something fun to do with your father tomorrow. FIFA dads are like any other dads – they love spending time with their kids and family; value the love and support of their family; and proudly serve as role models for their children.

#Goals4Arthritis BannerArthritis Broadcast Network (ABN) came across an article on VOXXI™ that names seven elite soccer dads at this year’s FIFA World Cup. Further research would probably reveal other dads from this year’s championship; however, ABN thinks the list below is sufficient for now. Why not add your dad to the list of elite dads? Tell us in the comments section below why your dad is the best dad in the world! To view a photo gallery of the FIFA dads with their loved ones, please click here

Kids with Soccer Ball

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The Vancouver International Children’s Festival is May 27-June 1

The Vancouver International Children’s Festival will be happening throughout this week from May 27-June 1. The festival has been educating, entertaining, and inspiring children since 1978. In 2011, the festival site moved from Vanier Park to Granville Island to gain more outdoor spaces and theatrically equipped venues.

Show tickets for the festival includes access to over 15 interactive arts activities. Below is a list of performers for this year’s program: (Click here for more information on each performance.)

  • Dancing girlsA Circus in Wonderland
  • Erth Dinosaur Zoo
  • In Abundance
  • Fred Penner
  • Kaput
  • Le Groupe Swing
  • Rick Scott – The Great Gazzoon
  • The Frog King
  • Where I Live
  • Variety Show
  • Aché Brasil

You can become a kid again in the activity village where you can learn, practice, and participate in perfecting your circus skills, face painting, interactive dinosaur sculpturing, getting lost in a musical maze, playing around in the musical playground, dancing in dance-around-the-world, doing bicycle spin-art and origami, and many more.

CRA Interview Series 2014 – Dr. Brian Feldman: Mesauring stuff? What’s right? What’s wrong?

Arthritis Broadcast Network’s “CRA Interview Series 2014″ – Dr. Brian Feldman: Measuring stuff? What’s right? What’s wrong?

Today’s interview features Dr. Brian Feldman, the Division Head of Rheumatology at The Hospital for Sick Children in Ontario. Dr. Feldman won the Distinguished Investigator award for twenty years of contribution to the field of rheumatology. He shares with us information from his workshop titled “Measuring Stuff: What’s Right? What’s Wrong? We Can’t Manage What We Don’t Measure.” He explains about reducing bias when it comes to understanding whether a treatment is working for a patient.

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 We invite everyone to share the interviews with their networks to strengthen the public profile of arthritis leaders in Canada.