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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Today, we introduce our first interview from the 2013 Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) Annual Scientific Meeting. Here, Dr. Carter Thorne, president of the CRA, discusses the value of the annual event.
Arthritis Consumer Experts and the Arthritis Broadcast Network attended the event to learn as much as we could about the latest in arthritis research and care. While there, we interviewed rheumatologists (arthritis specialists)i, researchers, arthritis consumers, and people on the street. If you haven’t been following our activities, please check out our previous updates:
Come back to ABN often to watch more interviews, which will be rolled out in the coming days.
To ensure that the latest osteoarthritis research gets into the hands of people with arthritis, the Consumer Advisory Board of the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada is hosting ROAR (Reaching Out with Arthritis Research) on Saturday, October 13, 2012.
The scientific researchers at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC) will be speaking about the best ways for those with osteoarthritis (OA) to stay active for life. Although there is no known cure for OA, it is possible to reduce pain, improve the movement of joints and limit its effects on daily activities. This event will provide the latest OA management strategies and an update on current research activities:
- Research and the 2012 updated physician guidelines for managing this disease – Dr. Jolanda Cibere
- Important management recommendations in early OA – Dr. Linda Li
- The work factors that may lead to OA – Doctoral Candidate Allison Ezzat
- How those with moderate to severe OA can protect their joints while staying active – Dr. Michael Hunt
- Activity recommendations after joint replacements – Dr. Marie Westby
Concerned that it’s too late to participate? Not to worry. It will be webcast live and you will even be able to interact by instant messaging. For details please email email@example.com and include “ROAR 2012 Webcast” in the subject line.
Public Forum: ROAR brings the latest arthritis research to you!
Date: Saturday, October 13, 2012
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm (PDT)
Location: Alice MacKay Room, Library Square, Vancouver Public Library
Registration: www.arthritisresearch.ca/ROAR or call 604-207-4005
Accessing the free webcast: For details please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include “ROAR 2012 Webcast” in the subject line.