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According to a study published in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, the rate of osteoarthritis (OA) is increasing and Canada’s aging population and rising rate of obesity is to blame. Osteoarthritis is a leading cause of chronic pain and loss of mobility in Canada and is associated with reduced productivity and increased burden on the health care system.
Statistics Canada reports that almost two-thirds of Canadian adults and 23% of children are overweight or obese. “These compelling demographic trends will increase the burden of OA and the associated disability among the working age population will become substantial in the coming years,” Behram Sharif, research team lead and an Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute post-doctoral fellow based at the University of Calgary, said. Continue reading →
Researchers at the University of Warwick have developed a new blood test to diagnosis early-stage arthritis years before the onset of physical and irreversible symptoms. The study, published in the journal Arthritis Research and Therapy, states that the test provides early diagnosis of osteoarthritis (OA). The test can distinguish between early OA and early-stage rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other self-resolving inflammatory joint diseases.
The test identifies the chemical signatures found in the plasma of blood joint proteins damaged by oxidation, nitration and glycation (the modification of proteins with oxygen, nitrogen and sugar molecules). Continue reading →
When American Olympic gold medal cyclist Kristin Armstrong was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in her hips in 2001, she decided to focus on cycling. She is the second American woman to win a gold medal in cycling. Besides cycling, Armstrong does an exercise routine that involves stretching and yoga to keep her arthritis pain at bay.
Low-impact exercises are the best types of exercise for people living with arthritis. Examples of low-impact exercises include swimming, walking, and cycling. These sports are less stressful to weight-bearing joints, especially the spine, hips, feet, knees and ankles.
If you are inspired by the Cycling Road event happening today at the Rio 2016 Olympicsand would like to try cycling for yourself, here are some tips to optimize your cycling experience: Continue reading →
State of Arthritis Medications: Some old, some new, all important
The reliable, quick reference arthritis medications guide you need to assist you and your health care team with your therapy conversations.
The JointHealth™ Medications Guide gives you information on the most commonly prescribed medications for inflammatory types of arthritis and osteoarthritis. Medication information for the following diseases is included in this year’s guide: rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, juvenile arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, vasculitis, osteoarthritis, and osteoporosis.
A research team from the University of Calgary and Statistics Canada found that people living with osteoarthritis (OA) have almost twice the risk of losing work time due to illness or disability as those without OA. Furthermore, the researchers found that people with OA are three times as likely to become unemployed.
Combining the National Population Health Survey, the researchers selected 659 people with OA, matched them with 2,144 non-OA individuals on the basis of age and sex, and compared their reported work time loss from 2000 to 2010. Work time loss was 90% higher and unemployment tripled due to illness or disability among the OA patients after adjusting for sociodemographic, health and work-related status.
Osteoarthritis is by far the most common type of arthritis. It is estimated to affect more than 3,200,000 Canadians-about 1 in 10. The disease is the leading cause of chronic pain and loss of mobility in Canada and is associated strongly with diminished productivity and increased utilization of healthcare resources. Disease onset usually occurs during the working years. Continue reading →
The Arthritis Alliance of Canada’s (AAC) Annual General meeting and Research Symposium will be held this Thursday and Friday, October 22 and 23 at the Delta Lodge Hotel at Kananaskis, Alberta. The Symposium, entitled “New Directions in Osteoarthritis Research”, will look ahead at promising approaches for future studies, and identify knowledge gaps and research opportunities.
The AAC workshops will focus on building capacity in research and healthcare sustainability. The programme will bring together scientists, engineers, healthcare providers, trainees, specialists, key stakeholders and most importantly, people living with arthritis.
On Thursday evening, guests will attend “Dr. Cy Frank and The Rocky Mountain Pioneers”, a special gala tribute dinner to honour the accomplishments and legacy of Dr. Cy Frank, who was a talented orthopaedic surgeon, skilled researcher, policy maker, and champion for patient. The winner for the Qualman-Davies Arthritis Consumer Community Leadership Award will also be announced. This prestigious award is given to a person with arthritis who has, or is, providing leadership in the community and deserves recognition for their valuable volunteer work.
ROAR 2015: Osteoarthritis and You – What you can do NOW!
Join us at an interactive public forum hosted by the Arthritis Patient Advisory Board of Arthritis Research Canada.
What do a rheumatologist, an orthopaedic surgeon, a clinical bio- mechanist, a clinical health researcher and an arthritis patient/consumer advocate have in common? They are all osteoarthritis (OA) experts, who will speak at ROAR 2015.
What do people with OA want to know? We are honoured to have six speakers share their research with us, guided by topics that represent the patient voice.
You may think that working a 9-to-5 desk job is tough. Think about doing that while managing your osteoarthritis and/or inflammatory arthritis, which itself is a full-time job on its own. For people living with these diseases, working in an office environment – and sitting for a prolonged period – can create joint stiffness in the spine, hips or knees. Improper posture and technique when using a computer or writing may aggravate pain for people with the disease in their hands. It can also place additional stress on affected joints. Experts suggest we maintain regular movement throughout the workday as sitting too much can weaken the muscles surrounding your joints.
In an interview with the Globe and Mail, Dr. Aileen Davis, a professor in the departments of physical therapy and surgery at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine, said: “For people who are spending long days sitting at work, we would recommend that they periodically do some stretches and also that they get up from their desk and move around every hour, hour and a half. I’m not saying that you’ve got to walk a long, long way, but just even the fact that you’re getting up and moving around your office is helpful.” Continue reading →
Running is a popular form of exercise in Canada – be it along the sea wall, in the park, or at the gym. Today the research suggests that aerobic activity is great for becoming and maintaining fitness and health. Many people believe that running can worsen or be one of the underlying causes of osteoarthritis. A new study puts this fear at ease.
According to an article on Arthritis Digest, “A recent research presented at the Osteoarthritis Research Society International World Congress showed that people aged over 50 years old with osteoarthritis who ran on a regular basis did not have any increase in pain, or radiographic structural progression, over the four-year study.” Continue reading →