A 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.
A study published on Friday in the Canadian Journal of Public Health indicates that nearly one in 100 Ontarians aged 15 and older lives with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The authors of the study estimate that the number of people in Ontario living with RA increased from 42,734 in 1996 to 97,499 in 2010, of which 44 per cent were female and aged 65 or older. Throughout the years, the number of rheumatologists remained the same in the province at 160 rheumatologists – that’s 1.5 rheumatologist per 100,000 population. Continue reading
When the Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos kicks off this afternoon at 3:30pm PST, NFL players are once again putting their joints at risk for the love of the game.
Richard Diana, former Miami Dolphins player, recalls his football days in an article in the Los Angeles Times. After a season with the Dolphins 31 years ago, Diana has since left for medical school at Yale and is now an orthopedic surgeon in his Connecticut hometown. At a reunion with his former teammates, Diana soon learned that football has taken its toll on most of the players in one way or another. Some had undergone knee and hip replacements; others developed diabetes, some had heart disease, and most had arthritis or complained of joint pain. Most players at the reunion were younger than 55. Continue reading
Linda Wilhelm, President of the Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance, had an interview with Jonna Brewer and Vanessa Blanch of CBC. Wilhelm shares her view on New Brunswick’s plans, or lack thereof, for a catastrophic drug plan on CBC’s Information Morning Moncton. Please click here to listen to the interview.
Health care costs New Brunswick more than $3 billion a year, a 40 per cent of the provincial’s budget. An estimated 70,000 families have no drug coverage.
In an interview with The Canadian Press, Health Minister Hugh Flemming proposed that a complete prescription and catastrophic drug program will be implemented before the next election. In the interview, Flemming said: “I’ll set my career on it. We’re going to have a prescription drug plan so that every New Brunswicker will have prescription drug coverage. The expensive drugs will be covered. We’re also including hypertension, diabetes and all the other kinds of drugs so that all New Brunswickers in need, who have to have drug coverage, are going to get it. It’s going to give us preventative medicine and save us a ton of money down the road.”
Critics say there is a lack of information on how the New Brunswick government’s plan to implement their promised catastrophic drug program. What difficulties do you experience in obtaining medications in New Brunswick? What do you think the government should do?
Arthritis can strike at any age. Whether you’re diagnosed when you’re just starting out in your working life, have only been established in your career for a short time, or are approaching retirement, what will that mean for you? In some cases, it could lead to work disability, but occupational therapy can delay or prevent that possibility. Find out how. Continue reading
Medeo is an online tool that allows patients to connect with a healthcare provider and ask questions about arthritis and other health problems. Medeo is a Vancouver-based telehealth company and their tool “Medeo” is developed by a team of physicians and technologists who are committed to improving access to healthcare. You can refer to the January 2013 issue of JointHealth™ monthly to learn more about electronic health. Continue reading