A recent journal published in Arthritis & Rheumatology by the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School shows that acute gout attacks occur two times more often during the night and early morning than during the day. The increased risk was seen even among patients with low purine intake in the 24 hours prior to an attack. Purines are specific chemical compounds found in some foods and are broken down into uric acids. A diet rich in purines from certain sources of food can raise uric acid levels in the body, sometimes leading to the onset of gout.
In an interview with HealthDay, study author Dr. Hyon Choi said: “It is speculated that lower body temperature, nighttime dehydration, or a nocturnal dip of cortisol levels may contribute to the risk of gout attacks at night. Despite the possibility of a nighttime link to gout, no study prior to our current investigation has looked at the association between gout attack risk and the time of day.” Continue reading
What has ACE done for you lately? Here’s what we’ve been up to in November!
In this issue of “What has ACE done for you lately” – a monthly roundup of what we have accomplished and what we are currently working on – we highlight our campaigns in the workplace, healthcare, arthritis community and research.
ACE at the American College of Rheumatology Meeting
Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) attended the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Annual Meeting in Boston in November. ACE networked with rheumatologists, researchers, healthcare professionals, patient organization and patients living with arthritis to understand the future of arthritis treatment and the promises they may hold for people living with the disease. Continue reading
The ROAR 2014 event saw a couple of great presentations, including a captivating one by Marilyn Muldoon, a patient living with Sjögren’s. Other presentations included:
- Dr. Marie Westby – Hip and Knee Replacements in Canada: What does quality rehabilitation care look like?
- Dr. Lynne Feehan – Well in Hand and Feet…Bone health and physical activity in early RA
- Dr. Catherine Backman – Changing Shoes: The impact of arthritis on self identity and roles
- Dr. Linda Li – Web, Apps and Wearables: Tools for joint health?
- Dr. James Dunne – A beginner’s guide to Raynaud’s
The Arthritis Broadcast Network was onsite to capture the day’s best moments. One of our favourite moment from the event was the graphic representation of all the presentations drawn by graphic recorder artist Sam Bradd. Marilyn Muldoon captivated audience with her talk on “A beginner’s guide to Raynaud’s” or as we like to call it, her personal tips on how to live with Sjögren’s. We have enclosed the a raw video of her talk above for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
Image courtesy of hywards at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Have you recently been recommended to take BIOLOGIC medications for Rheumatoid Arthritis?
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We are looking for people with rheumatoid arthritis to test a new online tool that helps to make decisions about using biologic medications.
If you have been recommended to consider using a biologic by your doctor but have not started yet, we invite you to participate in this study.
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- Have rheumatoid arthritis
- See a rheumatologist
- Have received a recommendation to consider biologic therapy
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Psoriatic arthritis is linked to the skin disease, psoriasis, which causes a scaly-type rash usually occurring on the elbows, knees, and scalp. Psoriasis is considered a significant risk factor for developing psoriatic arthritis – up to 30% of people diagnosed with psoriasis go on to develop psoriatic arthritis. A recent study shows that people with extensive psoriasis are likely to have hypertension that’s inadequately controlled. According to the study, cardiovascular risk in people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis is best assessed using carotid ultrasound.
ROAR 2014: Joint Involvement – Hips-Knees-Hands-Feet
Join us at an interactive public forum hosted by the Arthritis Patient Advisory Board of the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada.
Patients, researchers and healthcare providers will be discussing the latest research on quality hip and knee replacement rehabilitation, bone changes in early rheumatoid arthritis and more.
What is ROAR?