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Heart health for people with psoriasis: Blood pressure

Heart with stethoscope beside itPsoriatic 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.

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ROAR 2014: Joint Involvement – Hips-Knees-Hands-Feet

ROAR 2014: Joint Involvement – Hips-Knees-Hands-Feet

ROAR postcardJoin 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?

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The NIH has awarded $6 million to arthritis research

AMP Program Word CloudThe National Institute of Health (NIH) has awarded 11 grants (a total of $6 million) to members of the Accelerating Medicines Partnership in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus (AMP RA/Lupus) Network. The alliance includes various private and public research groups across the United States who are committed to advance research on rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and lupus drugs.

AMP RA/Lupus hope to identify and test biologic agents for RA and lupus treatment. Researchers believe that the disease similarities for RA and lupus will allow them to study both diseases at the same time.

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Personality traits that protect against arthritis

According to a recent research study, two personality traits can protect against diseases like arthritis, stroke, heart disease, and high blood pressure. The “Personality Traits Predict the Onset of Disease” study was published in the journal of Social Psychology and Personality Science last week.

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Picture from the University of St. Andrews

The study was led by Josh Jackson of Washington University in St. Louis. Jackson and his team of researchers monitored 7,000 U.S. adults aged 30-90. At the beginning of the study, participants completed a personality questionnaire and declared any preexisting health conditions they may have, including heart disease and cancer. Researchers rated participants according to the Big Five personality traits.

The Big Five, also known as the Five-Factor Model of Personality, is a set of five broad trait dimensions: extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism (emotional stability), and openness to experience (intellect). In the journal titled “Five-Factor Model of Personality”, the authors provide the following definitions: Continue reading

Online survey: Share your opinions on JOINT health with us!

Cartoon man with arrowOnline survey: Share your opinions on JOINT health with us!

Canadian Health Researchers want to hear from you.

Joint health has a significant impact on quality of life. There are many exercise programs out there to help people manage chronic joint diseases, but what is the best way for YOU to improve your joint health?

A team of researchers across Canada need your input about the best way to prevent and treat osteoarthritis.

If you are willing to help, please take 5 minutes to fill out this survey. All responses will remain anonymous and confidential and there will be no information collected that will identify you.

Survey Link: click here

For more information, please contact Joanna Ye, Research Assistant by phone at 604-207-4032, toll free 1-877-871-4575, or email

Cartilage contributes to arthritis

Melbourne skylineResearchers in Melbourne discovered that cartilage plays an active role in the destruction and remodelling of joints seen in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Dr. Tommy Liu, Professor Ian Wicks, Dr. Kate Lawlor, Dr. Ben Croker and their team from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute was investigating the role of the protein SOCS3 in controlling inflammation during RA when they made the discovery. Their study was later published in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatology.

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