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Better screening needed for psoriatic arthritis patients

For the first time ever, researchers have joined together to call for better screening of psoriatic arthritis (PsA) – a type of arthritis that affects millions of people worldwide.

Stick men in a circleIn a recent Psoriatic Arthritis Forum, researchers, from expert rheumatologists to dermatologists to patient representatives in Europe and North America, have made some recommendations for the treatment and diagnosis of PsA. The recommendations were published in the journal Arthritis Care and Research. According to an article on, the recommendations include:

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AS it Goes – Laser Therapy for Two, Please


Agatha sleeping in her favourite bed.

Fran’s dog, Agatha, also has arthritis. Just as she would for herself, Fran is always on the lookout for treatments for her pet companion. Recently, she found one that, so far, seems to be working: laser therapy.

I’ve written about my nearly 11-year old dog, Agatha, and her arthritic hips and spinal issues on several occasions. As owners, we do everything possible to support Agatha’s aching joints, including frequent long walks and monthly Cartrophen Vet injections (a disease modifying osteoarthritis drug – DMOAD) to keep her relatively pain-free. Plus, at every meal she is fed a “super cookie” loaded with glucosamine HCL, chondroitin, shark cartilage and yucca. All these supplements are reputed to have a beneficial effect on lubricating joints. Continue reading

AS it Goes – Too Good to be True?

Symbol of a target with and arrow and the word "promo"

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Last week, my computer mouse inadvertently hovered over some advertising scrolling along the screen and I was instantly transported to another website.

This is not the first time this has happened, but before I became involved in an investment pitch or a cure for belly fat (both of which I probably could use), I warned myself to be remain vigilant and then repeatedly hit the “back” button until I was safely back on the terra firma of my home page. Continue reading

AS it Goes – Medical Advice in the Produce Department

grocery store produceShopping list: milk, eggs, lettuce, and… medical advice? Recently, while in the produce department of her local grocery store, Fran went in expecting to buy lettuce, but left with far more.

Much to the dismay of my children, I talk to strangers and I admit that I listen in on conversations, especially when people publicly discuss health issues. I mean, if it is a private matter, then talk quietly so I can’t hear!

An exchange that I overheard in the produce section of the grocery store was particularly interesting and I thought I would share it. The produce clerk and a woman, whom I presume know each other (but maybe, like me, they also talk to strangers), were sharing information about their heel pain commonly known as plantar fasciitis. I have blogged on this “curse” – another obstacle, compliments of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) – so I was particularly drawn to the conversation. I have been outfitted with expensive custom orthotics to a) decrease my chances of a recurrence and b) correct a mechanical problem with my feet and c) help me as I routinely walk on uneven ground surfaces.

As a lingered for a few minutes examining multiple boxes of lettuce, here’s the gist of their convo: Continue reading

AS it Goes – Orthotics: Foot Solutions?

Feet walking in the woods

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Are orthotics the solution to Fran’s foot pain? Fran puts them to the test.

There are many times in life when you resist doing something because you believe that it would not be beneficial to you. In my case, I usually justify decisions based on objective research, but sometimes my negative reactions come from an emotional place and are not necessarily based on reasoned or reliable information. Continue reading

New and Emerging Treatments

Dr. Kam Shojania

Dr. Kam Shojania

Because no two people with an inflammatory (autoimmune) form of arthritis respond to the same medication in the same way—and many do not respond nearly well enough or at all—there is a need for more medications to treat this serious group of diseases.

The good news is that research into new treatment options is ongoing. Here we discuss two not yet available “small molecule” medications that work in a whole new way, plus a biologic that has been newly approved by Health Canada. To help us gain a better understanding of these new and upcoming medications, we spoke with Dr. Kam Shojania, a research scientist at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC) and chair of Arthritis Consumer Experts’ advisory board. Continue reading