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CRA Interview Series 2014: Dr. Janis McCaffrey – Thoughts from a doctor living with lupus

Arthritis Broadcast Network’s “CRA Interview Series 2014″: Dr. Janis McCaffrey – Thoughts from a doctor living with lupus

Today’s interview features Dr. Janis McCaffrey, a general practitioner and person living with lupus in B.C. She shares her thoughts on traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, social media in health care and immunization. Please note you should always consult your doctor and rheumatologist before starting a new treatment plan.

Consumer “reporters” interviewed more than 30 leading professionals at the Arthritis Broadcast Network Booth (ABN) during last month’s Canadian Rheumatology Association and Arthritis Health Professions annual meetings (CRA). Starting March 14, feature interviews will be posted daily on the ABN YouTube channel at http://bit.ly/ABNYouTube. We invite everyone to share the interviews with their networks to strengthen the public profile of arthritis leaders in Canada.

CRA Interview Series 2014: Dr. Chris Lyddell – Social media and the rheumatologist

Arthritis Broadcast Network’s “CRA Interview Series 2014″: Dr. Chris Lyddell – Social media and the rheumatologist

Today’s interview features Dr. Christopher Lyddell, a rheumatologist from Grande Prairie, Alberta. Dr. Lyddell gives us insights on how to best optimize the use of social media in rheumatology from a rheumatologist and a patient’s point-of-view. How can we make social media work for us?

Consumer “reporters” interviewed more than 30 leading professionals at the Arthritis Broadcast Network Booth (ABN) during last month’s Canadian Rheumatology Association and Arthritis Health Professions annual meetings (CRA). Starting March 14, feature interviews will be posted daily on the ABN YouTube channel at http://bit.ly/ABNYouTube. We invite everyone to share the interviews with their networks to strengthen the public profile of arthritis leaders in Canada.

CRA Interview Series 2014: Mr. Angelo Papachristos – Exercises for low back in arthritis

Arthritis Broadcast Network’s “CRA Interview Series 2014″

Consumer “reporters” interviewed more than 30 leading professionals at the Arthritis Broadcast Network Booth (ABN) during last month’s Canadian Rheumatology Association and Arthritis Health Professions annual meetings (CRA). Starting March 14, feature interviews will be posted daily on the ABN YouTube channel at http://bit.ly/ABNYouTube. We invite everyone to share the interviews with their networks to strengthen the public profile of arthritis leaders in Canada.

Today’s interview features Mr. Angelo Papachristos, an advanced practice physiotherapist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Angelo talks about the difference between mechanical and inflammatory pain. He stresses on fitness conditioning and lifestyle management.

CRA Interview Series 2014: Dr. Dianne Mosher – Models of care development in Canada

Arthritis Broadcast Network’s “CRA Interview Series 2014″

Consumer “reporters” interviewed more than 30 leading professionals at the Arthritis Broadcast Network Booth (ABN) during last month’s Canadian Rheumatology Association and Arthritis Health Professions annual meetings (CRA). Starting March 14, feature interviews will be posted daily on the ABN YouTube channel at http://bit.ly/ABNYouTube. We invite everyone to share the interviews with their networks to strengthen the public profile of arthritis leaders in Canada.

Today’s interview features Dr. Dianne Mosher, Division Head of Rheumatology at the University of Calgary. In this interview, she talks about the models of care development in Canada.

GPs should not rely on rheumatoid factor test to rule out arthritis

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A recent study suggests that GPs should not rely on rheumatoid factor (RF) test to rule out arthritis. Though RF test results are used in referral decisions, RF antibodies are only present in 8 out of 10 patients with arthritis and may not always show up in the early stages of the disease. Researchers found that people who received false negative test results waited over six weeks longer before being referred to an arthritis specialist. Continue reading

Rheumatoid arthritis: Smoking worsens disease activity

Cigarette ButtA study presented at the Canadian Rheumatology Association 69th Annual Scientific Meeting showed that smoking appears to worsen disease activity in people living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Disease activity in this study are defined by swollen and tender joint counts and patient-reported measures of diseases activity. Researcher Binu Jacob, PhD, from the Toronto Hospital Research Institute of Ontario, found that disease activity worsened regardless of background therapy and is higher in current smokers than in people who have never smoked. The study adjusted for age, sex, and rheumatoid factor.

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