Living your best life with arthritis.

AS it Goes – Jackpot! Winner of the Rheumy Lottery

Jackpot!

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Reflecting on how few rheumatologists there are in Canada and how many people live with arthritis, Fran counts herself among the select few—a jackpot winner, in a way—for having a rheumy.

I am one of the fortunate ones. There have been many days of late when I didn’t feel so lucky with an inflammatory disease that likes to highjack my life. But apparently I should count myself among the select few because I have a rheumatologist I am able to see for regular checkups or call on in crisis (depending what’s brewing with my ankylosing spondylitis). Continue reading

Maestro of rheumatology celebrates his 103rd birthday

ViolinDr. Ephraim Engleman, nicknamed the “Maestro of Rheumatology” by his peers at the Rosalind Russell Medical Research Center for Arthritis, celebrated his 103rd birthday on March 24. He has three passions in life – music, medicine, and his wife, Jean.

In his recently self-published autobiography titled “My Century”, he recounts his early love of music, specifically the violin, struggles to get into medical school, a career as a rheumatologist, involvement with the San Andreas Quartet, and life with Jean. Continue reading

CRA Interview Series 2014 – Dr. Nigil Haroon: Making Sense of Spondyloarthritis

Arthritis Broadcast Network’s “CRA Interview Series 2014″ – Dr. Nigil Haroon: Making Sense of Spondyloarthritis

Today’s interview features Dr. Nigil Haroon, Affiliate Scientist, Division of Genetics and Development, Toronto Western Hospital. Dr. Haroon share information from his workshop “Making Sense of Spondyloarthritis.”

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). As of March 14, feature interviews are 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 – Ms. Manon Roberge on her Ankylosing Spondylitis

Arthritis Broadcast Network’s “CRA Interview Series 2014″ – Ms. Manon Roberge on her Ankylosing Spondylitis

Today’s interview features Ms. Manon Roberge, the representative of the Canadian Spondylitis Association who has been conducting French interviews at the meetings. Ms. Roberge shares with us her journey with ankylosing spondylitis.

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). As of March 14, feature interviews are 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.

AS it Goes – The Power of a Smile

Cartoon of smiling sun wearing sunglasses.

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Canada’s reputation as a reserved populace is largely founded on our gentle demeanor, sense of courtesy and tolerance in the face of adversity. We are recognized throughout the world as a respectful and “peaceable” nation. This contrasts with our U.S. neighbours, who have a reputation as a brash, extroverted and forceful people—and not necessarily in a good way.

Despite the particular traits ascribed to each country, it is a generally held belief that Americans are friendlier than Canadians. Perhaps it’s because Canadians are more aloof? Or, maybe it’s because Americans are more relaxed and informal than their Canadians counterparts? Then again, perhaps Canadians’ accepted standards of decorum are less important to Americans. Continue reading

CRA Interview Series 2014: What can a rheumatologist learn from traditional Chinese Medicine?

Arthritis Broadcast Network’s “CRA Interview Series 2014″: What can a rheumatologist learn from traditional Chinese medicine?

Today’s  interview features Drs. Ian Tsang, Barry Koehler, and Simon Huang. Dr. Tsang is an Emeritus Professor of Rheumatology at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia while Dr. Huang is an Associate Professor of Rheumatology. Dr. Koehler is a rheumatologist in Richmond, BC, and the Past President of the Canadian Rheumatology Association. The doctors share with us what a rheumatologist can learn from traditional Chinese medicine. The interview is conducted in English and Chinese. We hope you enjoy this lighthearted take on traditional Chinese medicine from three experienced rheumatologists.

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.