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Solving the Fibromyalgia Mystery: Researchers need your help.

James Lind Fibromyalgia Survey ImageWhy are we doing this study?

The CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA) located at the University of Manitoba is funding a research project to help improve the treatment and quality of life of people with fibromyalgia. Responses to this survey will be used to identify the top research priorities of patients, caregivers and clinicians in the area of fibromyalgia. This study is being led by a steering committee which is made up of patients, caregivers, doctors, researchers, and staff members from CIHR IMHA, and a collaborator from the James Lind Alliance.

With this survey, we are inviting you to share your ideas about research to help improve the treatment and quality of life of people living with fibromyalgia. This survey has been approved by the University of Manitoba’s Health Research Ethics Board and will take about 5 to 10 minutes to complete. Continue reading

Runners, on your mark…get set…go!

Woman jogging on trailRunning 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

Osteoarthritis and the glory of professional football

Professional football players, like the women playing in the FIFA Women World Cup™ this year, show displays of skill and agility on the field; playing a sport they are passionate about. Like many others, their success builds on wins and losses, both on and off the field, and sometimes, the players pay the ultimate price – developing painful hips and knees during or after their football career. Players who have had a knee or hip replacement include Sir Trevor Brooking, former member of club West Ham United and current director of football development in England, and Bob Wilson.

FIFA Soccer GameAccording to Arthritis Research UK, after aging and obesity, injury to a joint is the third major risk factor for developing osteoarthritis (OA). Because players undergo intense physical training and their knees are subjected to constant strain, they are more prone to injury. Continue reading

Adherence rate low in rheumatoid arthritis patients

Angry expressionA recent study published in the journal Rheumatology found that 40% of patients scored low in an adherence questionnaire at least once during the course of the study. The study was conducted by researchers from the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Epidemiology at The University of Manchester. They studied 392 rheumatoid arthritis patients who started taking the biological therapy adalimumab (Humira®) during the year 2007-2009.

Professor Ian Bruce, senior author and director of the NIHR Manchester Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit, said: “This is one of the first studies to assess biological adherence in rheumatoid arthritis patients over time. In the era of new and effective high-cost drugs, there is the assumption that people with rheumatoid arthritis regularly take their medication as prescribed, but our findings challenge this assumption. We have shown that health professionals should not assume that because biologics are effective and expensive that all patients will take these as prescribed.” Continue reading

Do you have arthritis? Participate now for a chance to win.

Arthritis and Exercise Measures study: The University of Saskatchewan needs your help

Do you have arthritis? Participate for a chance to win a $50 pre-paid credit card

Picture of SaskatoonThe University of Saskatchewan is conducting a study to understand what helps people exercise regularly. You will be asked to complete 2 online surveys, which will ask you about your arthritis and current exercise patterns. After completing both surveys, you will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a 1 of 2 $50 pre-paid credit cards.

You can participate in the “Arthritis and Exercise Measures” study if:

  • You have been told by a healthcare person (e.g., doctor, physiotherapist) that you have arthritis
  • You have exercised for at least 15 minutes at least once in the past month (28 days)
  • You are 18 years of age or older

The first survey will take about 15-20 minutes to complete. The second follow-up survey will be emailed to you 2 weeks later and will take 5-10 minutes to complete. Any information collected during the study will be confidential. If you are interested in participating in this study, please follow this link: https://fluidsurveys.usask.ca/s/arthritis-phd-study-2/.

If you would like more information, please contact research coordinator James Sessford at james.sessford@usask.ca.

Morning pain: Measuring the true impact of RA

StretchAccording to recent study, there was a strong connection between the severity and intensity of morning symptoms (including pain and stiffness) and measures of disease activity in the lives of those living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Below are the findings from the study:

  • Relation between the severity of morning stiffness and intensity of morning pain and measures of disease activity = Pearson correlation of 0.91 (P<0.001)
  • Relation between the duration and severity of morning stiffness and the Disease Activity Score at 28 joints (DAS28) and the American College of Rheumatology -20 score (ACR20) = Pearson correlation of 0.50 (P<0.001)
  • Duration of morning stiffness and intensity of morning pain – Pearson correlation of 0.46 (P<0.001)
  • Pain on waking as measured in patient diaries and at a clinic visits as part of the ACR assessment – Pearson correlation of 0.69 (P<0.0001)

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