All posts related to "juvenile arthritis"

Weightlifting improves strength and flexibility for arthritic joints

a picture of 2kg dumbbellsIn the Arthritis Olympic Village today, we’ll be talking about weightlifting! Dave Prowse, the actor who wore Darth Vader’s famous black mask and cape in the original Star Wars trilogy, is a former bodybuilder and British Heavyweight Weightlifting Champion living with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Did you know that lifting weights is actually one of the best ways to care for arthritic joints?

A journal published in Geriatric Nursing indicates that lifting weights can improve strength, flexibility, and balance for people with arthritis. When joints become stronger, the pain of arthritis is often reduced. Continue reading

Canoeing and kayaking can be beneficial for joints

Man in a kayakCanoeing and kayaking are good exercises for people with arthritis because they are low-impact sports that reduce wear-and-tear on joints and tissues.

After his diagnosis with arthritis, Nova Scotia resident Nick LeBlanc refused to give up on sports and participates in paddling sports like kayaking. Childhood arthritis affects three in 1,000 children in Canada. LeBlanc was playing in a tournament when a swollen knee eventually led a visit to the ER, where doctors referred him to a rheumatologist and he was diagnosed with arthritis.

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James Lowe: Winger defying arthritis for Super Rugby

James Lowe is a New Zealand rugby union player and an official ambassador for Arthritis New Zealand. Lowe plays in the wing position for the Markos and Chiefs. In 2014, he played his first Super Rugby and contributed to the Chiefs 18-10 victory over the Crusaders in Christchurch. His aim is to play for the Kiwi World Cup squad in the near future.

Lowe was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, also known as juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), at the young age of 14. He takes prescribed medications and a weekly injection to control his arthritis. JIA strikes children under the age of 16 and affects an estimated one in 1000 children.  It is one of the most common chronic diseases among children. To read about the different subtypes of juvenile idiopathic arthritis, please click here. Continue reading

JointHealth™ insight: The latest news on provincial drug formulary

In this issue of JointHealth™ insight, Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) maps out the latest news for you about provincial drug formulary listing decisions. It contains information about important changes to provincial drug formularies and what it means for Canadians living with inflammatory arthritis. The changes covered in this update affect people living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), ankylosing spondylitis (AS), psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA).

Map of Canada with highlights of changesManitoba
The following medication has been listed for reimbursement on the provincial drug formulary: Continue reading

Last day to register! Run/Walk for kids with arthritis

Do it for the kids! Participate with your family and friends in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge 5K or Half Marathon with Team Cassie & Friends! Proceeds support research and programs for kids with juvenile arthritis and other rheumatic diseases and their families. Free kid registrations, activities and prizes. If you are unable to make the run, you can still participate by cheering for the team on along the run/walk route!

Post card for run walk with kids announcementToday is the last day to register online! For more information about the event and to register online, please visit and register with the charity code 16VCASSIE.

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Juvenile idiopathic arthritis: Depression linked to disease activity

A press release issued on June 9, 2016 by the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress highlighted a study that suggest depression is linked to disease activity and disability in adolescents with juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Below is a copy of the press release:


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EULAR 2016

European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress

London, United Kingdom, 8-11 June 2016

Study reinforces the importance of psychological assessment and support

London, United Kingdom, 9 June 2016: The results of a study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress (EULAR 2016) confirmed a clear association between depression symptom severity and the level of disease activity and disability in adolescent patients with juvenile inflammatory arthritis (JIA). These findings highlight the importance of psychological health assessment for adolescents with JIA and underline the need for psychological support to be fully integrated into their routine care.