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CRA Interview Series 2014 – Dr. Mary-Ann Fitzcharles: Medical Marijuana & Arthritis

Arthritis Broadcast Network’s “CRA Interview Series 2014″ – Dr. Mary-Ann Fitzcharles: Medical Marijuana & Arthritis

Today’s interview features Dr. Mary-Ann Fitzcharles, a rheumatologist at the Department of Anesthesia, MUHC Pain Centre, McGill University, QC. She shares with us some insight on the use of medical marijuana for the treatment of arthritis.

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. Carter Thorne: “Choosing Wisely” Initiative in Rheumatology

Arthritis Broadcast Network’s “CRA Interview Series 2014″ – Dr. Carter Thorne on “Choosing Wisely” Initiative in Rheumatology

Today’s interview features Dr. Carter Thorne, the President of the Canadian Rheumatology Association. Dr. Throne comments on the “Choosing Wisely” initiative in Rheumatology, one of the many exciting ideas coming out of this year’s Canadian Rheumatology Association Scientific Meeting.

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.

Innovation in Action

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Innovation in Action: Annual arthritis conference brings experts from around the globe to share research, improve patient care

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP) meet once a year, bringing researchers from around the world together so they may share information and discuss the latest science, research, and treatments in the field of rheumatology. Innovative sessions, groundbreaking science, education that fills knowledge and practice gaps, and hands-on skills training make up some of the activities of the event.

The goals of the annual conference include:

  • Identifying developments in disease diagnosis and treatments.
  • Describing potential issues in delivery of care and sharing ideas for solutions.
  • Summarizing recent research findings.
  • Using new research data to improve the quality of patient care.
  • Encouraging research that leads to new treatment protocols.

Arthritis Consumer Experts was at the most recent event, held in October 2013, to represent people living with arthritis and to learn about the latest research findings so we could share them with you. Of particular interest to consumers were two presentations: One was about the current state of osteoarthritis treatment and ways to improve outcomes in the future. The other discussed recent advances in psoriatic arthritis research and how they could be used to effectively identify, diagnose, and treat the disease to improve patients’ quality of life and function. 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

CRA Interview Series 2014 – Dr. John Esdaile: Arthritis research in Canada

Arthritis Broadcast Network’s “CRA Interview Series 2014″ – Dr. John Esdaile: Arthritis research in Canada

Today’s interview features Dr. John Esdaile, Scientific Director of the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada. In the interview, he talks about arthritis research in Canada and what we may expect in five year’s time. Also, he informs us how consumers can play a role in arthritis research.

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.