Hundreds of patients and experts meet to shape future of arthritis research in Canada
Hundreds of patients and experts will gather in Ottawa this week at the Arthritis Alliance of Canada inaugural Conference and Research Symposium to discuss the latest advances and the future of arthritis research in Canada. The three-day event features participation from across the country, including medical and allied health professionals, patient advocates, government representatives and non-profit health organizations.
“This precedent-setting event is a unique opportunity to bring together all stakeholders in the Canadian arthritis community,” says Alliance Chair Janet Yale. “Canada is a world leader in research into arthritis and chronic pain. The work being done at this event will lay out the roadmap for future research priorities designed to advance our understanding of arthritis – what causes it, how to diagnose and treat it, how to care for those living with it, and ultimately how to prevent and cure it.” [Read more]
If you struggle to open child-proof medication bottles, you will be happy to know that researchers are helping a large pharmaceutical company come up with a new secure cap that could receive the U.S Arthritis Foundation’s ease-of-use commendation.
Going so far as to wear gloves that would help them understand the experience of trying to open medicine bottles with arthritis—specifically “the limited ability to grasp, pinch, turn, lift and twist objects”—the researchers made recommendations that the company considered in their final design.
The process of developing the new pill bottle tops is rather interesting. Check out the article on medicalxpress.com.
Music therapy can help patients with, to list a few, pain control, oncology, acquired brain injury, physical disabilities, and mental health. At a “Music Therapy Day” information session, I was honoured to meet music therapist Brendan Shields who works at Minoru Residence in Richmond.
Brendan Shields would like to share with us his article “Music has Power” in The Report: Health Sciences Association of British Columbia: Continue reading →
In the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, a researcher reported that a knee brace will help alleviate a patient’s osteoarthritis (OA) pains. David T. Felson, MD, of the University of Manchester in England and his colleagues found that patients with knee OA who wore a patellofemoral brace for 6 weeks experienced less pain and bone marrow lesions.
Bone marrow lesions represent regions of bone that display hyperintense signals on MRI and fibrosis, necrosis, and microfractures on histology. In an interview with MedPage Today, Felson said: “Bone marrow lesions have been shown to predict later cartilage loss and to correlate with pain and its severity, so may be a viable treatment target in OA.” Continue reading →
Wishing everyone a Happy Halloween! For the kids who have juvenile arthritis, don’t forget to follow an easy and short route, take short breaks if necessary, have your parents help you hold heavier candy bags, keep your medication information with you and dress warmly!
Every year, lupus experts and specialists volunteer their time and knowledge to help lupus patients at the Lupus Symposium. The symposium is presented by The BC Lupus Society.
The Lupus Symposium will be happening tomorrow, October 19, at St. Paul’s Hospital Lecture Theatre. Live video conferencing is available to people living in Abbotsford, Campbell River, Fort St. John, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Prince George, Terrace, Trail, Vernon and Victoria.