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
Exercise and baby boomers are the perfect match. Today’s baby boom generation, (born between 1946 and 1965) are the most physically active senior generation in history. In order to keep up their healthy lifestyles and youthful attitudes, baby boomers need to immediately take steps toward early diagnosis and prevention of arthritis.
A recent study of 614 resident doctors-in-training found that during residency, these doctors ate fewer meals, ate high-fat meals, slept less, and exercised less. The study was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Kam Shojania, the Head of the Division of Rheumatology at the University of British Columbia, said this scenario happened to him when he was a resident. Now, he is noticing it in his trainees.
In a post titled “Drop and give me 20“, Dr. Shojania says, ““I started wondering, ‘Why am I more energetic than the residents who are younger than me? They look stressed and tired. And it’s just not right. I’m 20 years older than they are!” He adds: “It’s a shame to see that, because we have to practice what we preach. Physicians who exercise themselves are much more likely to recommend exercise to patients.” Continue reading
Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) would like to congratulate Dr. Diane Lacaille, a long-standing leader in the arthritis community, for her recent award. Dr. Lacaille was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in Ottawa on Wednesday February 13th during the 2013 Canadian Rheumatology Association Annual Scientific Meeting.
Awardees must have made a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada
Dr. Diane Lacaille is an Associate Professor in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of British Columbia, and a Senior Research Scientist at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada, in Vancouver.
To learn more about Dr. Lacaille, click here.
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