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Fibromyalgia: Myths, Facts, and Future Hopes

Woman with hand on faceThe Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability (CIRPD) will be conducting a webinar tomorrow (April 16) at 11:00am PDT/2:00pm EDT on fibromyalgia. The webinar will feature Connie Leudtke, MA, RN-BC, Assistant Professor at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Nursing Supervisor at the Mayo Clinic Pain Rehabilitation Center and Mayo Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Clinic. Drawing from 25 years of experience, Leudtke will dispel some common myths about fibromyalgia. She will also provide up-to-date information on diagnosis and treatment.

At the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to:  Continue reading

CRA Interview Series 2014 – Mr. Jeff Zong: A population-based study

Arthritis Broadcast Network’s “CRA Interview Series 2014″ – Mr. Jeff Zong: Association of Ethnicity and Self-Reported Hip Pain Among Caucasian and Chinese in Vancouver: A Population-Based Study”

Today’s interview features Mr. Jeff Zong, a Summer Medical Student at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada. He did a poster presentation at the CRA Meeting titled “Association of Ethnicity and Self-Reported Hip Pain Among Caucasian and Chinese in Vancouver: A Population-based Study.” To see the poster, please click here.

A recent Canadian population survey of hip pain found 10% of 18-80 year olds reported having hip pain. Little is known, however, about the prevalence of hip pain in different ethnicities. Supervised by Drs. John Esdaile and Linda Li at the University of British Columbia and the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada, Jeff Zong analysed results of a telephone household survey conducted in Vancouver, BC to explore associations between self-reported hip pain and Chinese and Caucasian ethnicities. Analysis revealed that the odds of reporting pain, stiffness or discomfort in the hip were significantly lower in the Chinese population than the Caucasian.

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.

AS it Goes – To Florida for an Ache Break

Fran and her hubby on a Florida beach

Fran and her hubby on a Florida beach

Spending time down south in the Florida sun sure sounds like a cure-all for ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and osteoarthritis. However, the reality—for me—is very different. Weeks before we leave on our annual sojourn, I fantasize about how my various aches and pains will miraculously disappear once my joints are warmed by the sun and surf. I am (obviously) delusional (or seriously in denial) because every year I am sorely disappointed that my AS and osteo fail to give me a break during my winter reprieve. Continue reading

Free webinar on January 30 on how to promote a healthy workplace

Cat on NotebookThe Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability will be hosting a free webinar titled Promoting Healthy Workplaces: A focus on the Psychosocial Work Environment on January 30.The webinar will take place at 9:00am PST or 12:00pm EST or 5:00pm UK. You can register for the webinar here. To learn specifically about arthritis and work, you can also refer to Arthritis Consumer Experts’ free podcast program titled Arthritis and Work here. Continue reading

Nelson Mandela’s view on freedom applies to people with arthritis

Nelson Mandela StampIn honour of Nelson Mandela, ABN wants to highlight an inspirational quote of his that we believe applies as much to perseverance as it does to people living with arthritis.

“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.” Continue reading

Share joy, appreciation, and spirit this holiday season!

Santa Claus cartoon imageOnly 20 more days to Christmas holiday! This is a great time to think back on the year and thank those who have helped the arthritis community. To list a few of many, we think the following organizations have made it to Santa’s “Nice List”. Do you know of any accomplishment(s) by an individual, community group, or organization that have shown great care and support to the arthritis community this year? If you do, please share with everyone in the comments section. Alternatively, you may share via our Facebook and Twitter channel with hashtag #ACESantaList.

Arthritis Consumer Experts’ “ACE Santa’s Nice List” Continue reading