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Fracture risk increases for women with osteoarthritis

Slip and fall signageA 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.

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“Words and Pictures” and rheumatoid arthritis – Now playing at a theatre near you

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.

Ms. Cheryl Koehn: Arthritis Consumer Experts-Thoughts from the President

Arthritis Broadcast Network’s “CRA Interview Series 2014″ – Ms. Cheryl Koehn: Arthritis Consumer Experts – Thoughts from the President

Today’s interview features Ms. Cheryl Koehn, the President of Arthritis Consumer Experts. Ms. Koehn comments on what she learned from the Canadian Rheumatology Association meeting and how everyone plays a role in improving the lives of those living with 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). 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 – Dr. Vivian Bykerk: Thoughts from a Rheumatologist

Arthritis Broadcast Network’s “CRA Interview Series 2014″ – Dr. Vivian Bykerk: Thoughts from a Canadian-American Rheumatologist

Today’s interview features Dr. Vivian Bykerk, rheumatologist and Director of the Inflammatory Arthritis Center of Excellence in New York, USA. She was a rheumatologist in Canada before moving down to the United States with her husband. Dr. Bykerk shares with us some differences in treating patients with inflammatory arthritis between Canada and the United States. She also tells us her tactical plan for preparing her arguments for the Great Debate at the Canadian Rheumatology Association 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.

CRA Interview Series 2014 – Dr. Linda Li: Digital Tools for Arthritis Care

Arthritis Broadcast Network’s “CRA Interview Series 2014″ – Dr. Linda Li: Digital Tools for Arthritis Care

Today’s interview features Dr. Linda Li, an Associate Professor, Harold Robinson / Arthritis Society Chair in Arthritic Diseases, and Canada Research Chair in Patient-Oriented Knowledge Translation at the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia. She is also a Senior Scientist at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada. She shares with us information from her workshop titled “Digital Tools for Arthritis Care and Treatment Adherence.”

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.