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CRA Interview Series 2014: Dr. Janis McCaffrey – Thoughts from a doctor living with lupus

Arthritis Broadcast Network’s “CRA Interview Series 2014″: Dr. Janis McCaffrey – Thoughts from a doctor living with lupus

Today’s interview features Dr. Janis McCaffrey, a general practitioner and person living with lupus in B.C. She shares her thoughts on traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, social media in health care and immunization. Please note you should always consult your doctor and rheumatologist before starting a new treatment plan.

Consumer “reporters” interviewed more than 30 leading professionals at the Arthritis Broadcast Network Booth (ABN) during last month’s Canadian Rheumatology Association and Arthritis Health Professions annual meetings (CRA). Starting March 14, feature interviews will be posted daily on the ABN YouTube channel at We invite everyone to share the interviews with their networks to strengthen the public profile of arthritis leaders in Canada.

Accelerating Medicines Partnership promotes teamwork in pharmaceutical industry

Stick Man holding handsTen big drug companies have joined together with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to accelerate the discovery of new medicines for diseases like alzheimers, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. The project is called the Accelerating Medicines Partnership. Under the five-year agreement, the companies will be sharing scientists, tissue and blood samples, and data. The underlying goal is to help identify targets for new drugs. Continue reading

Lupus Symposium: Wellness and Education

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.

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Below is the Speaker Program for the event: Continue reading

Toni Braxton battles lupus

microphone alone on stageSinger-songwriter, Toni Braxton was recently hospitalized with health problems, including blood clots, related to lupus. She was diagnosed at the age of 15 with the autoimmune disease. Her lupus has affected her career, causing her to have to declare bankruptcy twice.

Lupus affects about 15,000 Canadians or about 1 in 200. It is known to run in families. Recent studies show that the brother or sister of a person with lupus is 25 times more likely to develop the disease than someone in the general population. Toni Braxton’s uncle had lupus. He passed away from complications of the disease. Braxton’s brother also lives with the illness. However, having a genetic predisposition for the disease, fortunately, doesn’t guarantee you’ll develop it.

Read more: Examiner, Samantha Chang, December  2012

Also in this article: Lady Gaga, another celebrity singer, announced two years ago that she has family members with lupus, and said that test results indicated she was “borderline positive” for the disease.

Daughter of Houston Rockets coach dies from lupus complications

lupusThe daughter of Houston Rockets coach, Keven McHale, died last month from complications of lupus. Alexandra “Sasha” McHale was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease last year. She was recently hospitalized, but her health continued to decline for two weeks until her death.

She was only 23 years old.

Read more: Susan Donaldson James, ABC News, November 2012

Video: Sasha McHale Essay,