I knew that blogging about hot tubs would raise a few eyebrows. Many of the photos on-line feature a bikini-clad woman locked in an embrace with a muscular dude and their boozy drinks. Don’t get me wrong: these people look like they are having a whale of a time (wink, wink). So when I informed my friends and family that our new house would feature a hot tub in the backyard, I certainly was on the receiving end of many cheeky comments about my “lifestyle”. Continue reading
Q. What makes SARDs difficult to diagnose?
A: SARDs are difficult to diagnose because they are rare and so most currently practicing physicians did not receive the training to diagnose them. Currently, SARDs are included in medical training so younger doctors are more familiar with SARDs; however, they only see the diseases about once per year, so they do not necessarily have the skills and experience to consider SARDs and make a diagnosis. Furthermore, symptoms vary so much that they are not usually the first to be considered. Continue reading
Scleroderma—the word means “hard skin”—causes the body to respond to an attack from its immune system by producing too much collagen. This can happen anywhere on the skin and on joints. There are two main types of the disease: systemic and localized scleroderma. The systemic form is more serious. As it progresses, symptoms and complications may include muscle weakness, digestive system problems, Sjögren’s syndrome, reduced dental health, kidney and lung problems. Continue reading
Over the next few weeks, Arthritis Consumer Experts will be sharing a series of 5 joint exam videos with you.
Originally created for the ArthritisID PRO app, now you will be able to watch them from the JointHealth™ website.
Though specifically meant for physicians to use in their practice, arthritis consumers can also watch these videos so they know what to expect. Or, if you suspect you have arthritis, you can show the joint exams to your healthcare provider. Encourage your doctor to visit jointhealth.org or download the free app to view the videos.
The joint exams are demonstrated in English by Dr. John Esdaile, Scientific Director at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC) and in French by Dr. Diane Lacaille, Research Scientist also at ARC. Continue reading
This very rare systemic autoimmune rheumatic disease (SARD), that mainly affects men, is made up of around 20 different disorders. Examples include: Behcet’s disease, giant cell arteritis, Takayasu’s arteritis (this one usually occurs in young women), Wegener’s granulomatosis, polyarteritis nodosa, and polymyalgia rheumatica. Age of onset depends on the form of vasculitis, though as with most types of arthritis, it can occur at any time. Continue reading
A recent trip to the rheumatologist got me thinking about the similarities between Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS). I had been quizzing my rheumatologist about the bump that has magically appeared on the first joint of the index finger on my right hand. My mother has the same bump on the same finger, except that her bump is bigger by about 30 years! Continue reading
Onset most commonly occurs in one’s 30s to 50s and is more likely to strike in women. Continue reading
In Sjögren’s syndrome, moisture-producing glands are attacked by the body’s immune system, so the most common early symptoms are dry eyes and mouth. Since the dryness can also be due to aging, hormonal disorders, menopause, and certain medications, Sjogren’s syndrome is difficult to diagnose. Continue reading
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) affects about one in 1000 Canadians, usually striking between the ages of 15 and 45. For every nine women with lupus, one man will have the disease. Tissues affected by lupus can include the skin, joints, muscles, kidneys, lungs, heart, blood vessels, and the brain. Because lupus can affect so many different areas of the body, it often presents very differently among patients, making it difficult to diagnose. Warning signs include: Continue reading
To ensure that the latest osteoarthritis research gets into the hands of people with arthritis, the Consumer Advisory Board of the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada is hosting ROAR (Reaching Out with Arthritis Research) on Saturday, October 13, 2012.
The scientific researchers at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC) will be speaking about the best ways for those with osteoarthritis (OA) to stay active for life. Although there is no known cure for OA, it is possible to reduce pain, improve the movement of joints and limit its effects on daily activities. This event will provide the latest OA management strategies and an update on current research activities:
- Research and the 2012 updated physician guidelines for managing this disease – Dr. Jolanda Cibere
- Important management recommendations in early OA – Dr. Linda Li
- The work factors that may lead to OA – Doctoral Candidate Allison Ezzat
- How those with moderate to severe OA can protect their joints while staying active – Dr. Michael Hunt
- Activity recommendations after joint replacements – Dr. Marie Westby
Concerned that it’s too late to participate? Not to worry. It will be webcast live and you will even be able to interact by instant messaging. For details please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include “ROAR 2012 Webcast” in the subject line.
Public Forum: ROAR brings the latest arthritis research to you!
Date: Saturday, October 13, 2012
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm (PDT)
Location: Alice MacKay Room, Library Square, Vancouver Public Library
Registration: www.arthritisresearch.ca/ROAR or call 604-207-4005
Accessing the free webcast: For details please email email@example.com and include “ROAR 2012 Webcast” in the subject line.