Dear ABN readers,
Yesterday, our community, and all of Canadian health care, lost a giant in Dr. Cyril Frank
Cy was a hero to many. His surgical skills and bedside manner restored his patients’ lives. He gave each and every one unparalleled care and years of renewed happiness and quality of life.
Picture from the University of Calgary
To his colleagues, Cy was regarded as nothing short of brilliant. His thoughtful, innovative approach to reform Canadian health care was both effective and inspiring. No challenge was too big for Cy, and he encouraged others to think that way, too. He was strategic, inclusive, kind and funny.
Most important to informed consumers/patients volunteers was his willingness to champion our inclusion at decision-making tables in research and at government. He believed to his core that the patient voice and experience must help drive, along with clinical and scientific expertise, the innovation required to improve the Canadian health care system
We miss you already, Cy.
Prestigious award bestowed on a Senior Scientist from the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada, ACE’s Scientific Director
Howard B. Stein created the Division of Rheumatology at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia and served as Division Head at St. Paul’s until his myelofibrosis made it impossible for him to continue his work as a rheumatologist. He was an honorary professor, rheumatologist, political advocate and ambassador for world peace. Stein was known as a “Great One” in the rheumatology community. The St. Paul’s Hospital Howard B. Stein Award is bestowed to someone who is a leader in the rheumatology community.
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A recent study suggests that GPs should not rely on rheumatoid factor (RF) test to rule out arthritis. Though RF test results are used in referral decisions, RF antibodies are only present in 8 out of 10 patients with arthritis and may not always show up in the early stages of the disease. Researchers found that people who received false negative test results waited over six weeks longer before being referred to an arthritis specialist. Continue reading
Each year, the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada’s Consumer Advisory Board hosts interactive and educational public forums called “Reaching Out with Arthritis Research” (ROAR). This series of events is a way of sharing and discussing research findings with patients and the public. We are happy to announce that the latest ROAR, “Does a Google a Day Keep the Doctor Away?”, will take place in Vancouver on Saturday, November 30th. You can join us to hear Patients, Researchers, Ethicists, a Rheumatologist and a Family Physician speak about the benefits and burdens of online health information and other electronic health tools. Continue reading
While Arthritis Broadcast Network (ABN) was in Ottawa this year for the 2013 Canadian Rheumatology Association Annual Scientific Meeting, we interviewed rheumatologists (arthritis specialists), including Dr. Andy Thompson. In this video, he tells us about a website – called rheuminfo.com – that he was instrumental in developing and about how he uses social media.
Last week, readers of the New York Times were invited to submit questions regarding rheumatoid arthritis. Over 100 questions were submitted for Dr. Vivian P. Bykerk, a friend of Cheryl Koehn of Arthritis Consumer Experts. Dr. Bykerk is a rheumatologist with 20 years of experience. She is also the director of research at the Inflammatory Arthritis Center at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan and a researcher at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr. Bykerk provided answers to questions in three areas of concentration: medication, diet and research and trends. The questions and answers can be found here on the New York Times website. Below are three questions and answers, one from each corresponding category, that we believe are of importance to our readers.
Below is an excerpt from “Answers About Rheumatolid Arthritis. Part I”:
Q. I am 66, recently given a diagnosis of R.A. Was put on methotrexate/prednisone/folic acid. Am currently being weaned off prednisone. What are the long-term effects of methotrexate on the body? — globro, New York Continue reading