A 20-year Australian study reports that women with osteoarthritis (OA) have an increased risk of fragility fracture, even if their bone mineral density (BMD) is normal and their body mass index (BMI) is high.
The study looked at data from 2,412 women and 1,452 men aged older than 45 (average 69). Researchers discovered that 29% of women and 26% of men had a diagnosis of osteoarthritis. According to lead researcher Professor Tuan Nguyen of the Genetic Epidemiology of Osteoporosis Lab at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, the risk is fairly substantial and women with OA have a 50% increase in the risk of fracture.
Rarely, if ever, have the movies depicted rheumatoid arthritis, but last Friday, the movie “Words and Pictures”, starring Academy Award-winning actress Juliette Binoche, did just that.
Words and Pictures tells the story of an artist – Dina Delsanto, Ms. Binoche’s character – who, challenged by advancing rheumatoid arthritis (RA), had to change the way she painted and deal with the emotional challenges brought on by the disease. This is perhaps the first time a feature film has focused attention on rheumatoid arthritis – an autoimmune disease with hallmark symptoms of inflammation and resulting pain.
Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) Founder, Cheryl Koehn, was thrilled to be called on to assist Ms. Binoche in her preparation for the role, and honoured to be asked to review the script and provide comment to ensure the emotional characterization of RA was as accurate as film would allow. Kudos go to ACE physiotherapy advisor, Dr. Linda Li, who assisted Ms. Binoche with the physical portrayal of her character, and Mr. Otto Kamensek, an arthritis community leader and artist himself, who shared his artistic process and art.
Congratulations to everyone involved in the making of Words and Pictures and the awareness it will raise for RA.
Like the flowers in this album, all the mothers out there are different and unique in their own sense. We wish all the mothers out there a joyous and happy mother’s day! Thank you for your endless love and inspiration, moms!
Today is International Women’s Day! We want to thank the women who we think have contributed greatly to the arthritis community. Who is your favourite woman?
Cheryl Koehn – President, Arthritis Consumer Experts
Cheryl Koehn is the woman behind Arthritis Broadcast Network. She is a national arthritis advocate, a community leader and a published author. In November 2000, Cheryl founded Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) and its JointHealth™ family of programs. Continue reading
Breastfeeding, for a prolonged period of time of at least 36 months, may half a women’s chance of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Researchers at the University of Birmingham in the U.K. found that among Chinese women, breastfeeding cuts the risk of RA by 50 percent. Continue reading
On September 19, Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) encouraged community members with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to participate in a physical activity study with the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC). To show support for our community, Cheryl Koehn, President and Founder of ACE was amongst the first to sign up!
As one of the study participants, Cheryl has been asked to test two different activity trackers over a 4-week period. The first tracker is called the FitBitTM Flex, a wrist-worn activity monitor that measures an individual’s physical activity. The tracker allows users to create personalized fitness goals and integrate their goals with social media such as Facebook, Twitter and email. Continue reading