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  • arthritis research . Autoimmune . genetics . psoriatic arthritis .

Psoriatic arthritis - an aggressive and joint-destroying inflammatory disease - arises when the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own tissues. When the flawed immune response kicks into overdrive, rampant inflammation triggers crippling joint pain, stiffness and swelling. Not to mention that painful and persistent inflammation can damage the joints permanently. Finding genetic clues in psoriatic arthritis has proven difficult, but Cure Arthritis researcher, Lam "Alex" Tsoi, PhD, who is a research assistant professor at the University of Michigan, has…

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  • bodybuilding . RA . rheumatoid arthritis . weight lifting . weight lifting with arthritis .

The word “quit” is not in Danielle Bryant’s vocabulary. From a young age, Danielle was a star athlete, competing in basketball and softball throughout school, earning Varsity letters as a freshman and taking her high school softball team to the state championship tournament in her sophomore year. Dani’s future as a successful athlete was almost a given. But when rheumatoid arthritis (RA) struck in the summer of 1992, her body had other plans for her. Her RA  soon took her…

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  • Chronic Illness . Depression . rheumatoid arthritis . Sjogren’s .

My dog saved my life. Well, I’m sure there were a few others who helped too but with the puppy-dog eyes and fluffy cuteness, I’m giving my dog the credit. So now that I’ve gotten the cuteness out the way (I may come back to it later) I can talk about the meat of the matter: dealing with depression and my chronic illness.   My Chronic Illness Battle When I was officially diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Sjogren’s in…

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  • Austin O'Toole . fundraising . nonprofit . Research . rheumatoid arthritis . tutoring . Tutoring For The Cure .

Austin O’Toole is committed to making a difference. Whether it be in his hometown of Chicago, in a classroom, or working for a bigger cause, Austin has his hands full with an impressive lineup of work. Austin, only 18, is an active member of his high school’s student government, a children’s Hebrew teacher, and an employee at a construction company. On top of juggling all of this, he’s also applying for colleges for the upcoming fall semester. But, when Austin’s…

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  • arthritis . diet . gout . Nigel Dams .

It started with a “bump” in the night – Nigel Dams was abruptly woken out of his sleep by severe pain in his left big toe: swollen, red, and tender. Uncertain as to what had caused this abrupt pain, he wondered if he had somehow broken his toe in the middle of the night without realizing it. This seemed unlikely, as Nigel had no history of sleepwalking and no recollection of getting up during the night. Confused and without a…

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  • arthritis research . genetic mechanism . genetics . rheumatoid arthritis . Stephanie Stanford . UC San Diego .

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease that attacks cartilage and bone, progressively destroying multiple joints. In the hope of finding a cure, researchers are looking at a genetic mechanism in rheumatoid arthritis by scrutinizing gene mutations that kindle autoimmune diseases. Rheumatoid arthritis, a cruel disease that leads to stiff, deformed joints and often crippling pain, afflicts an estimated 1.5 million people in the United States. At the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Arthritis National Research Foundation funded…

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  • arthritis research . cure arthritis . Drug Targets . osteoarthritis . Research . stem cells .

Finding new osteoarthritis drug targets is the focus of many researchers including the recently funded Dr. Jenna Galloway. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that gradually destroys cartilage and bone. Normally, cartilage cushions the ends of bones and provides a smooth gliding surface for joint movement. Over time, chronic osteoarthritis, also described as “wear and tear” arthritis, damages the underlying bone and connective tissues, leading to painful swelling, stiffness and limited mobility. At the Center for Regenerative Medicine and Department of…

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  • Blue Sky Cup . rheumatoid arthritis . skiing . snowboarding . Vail .

December 8, 2017, VAIL, CO - The sixth annual Blue Sky Cup is set take place in Vail, CO on February 10, 2017. The Blue Sky Cup challenges skiers to push themselves on the slopes and raise funds and awareness for rheumatoid arthritis research. Proceeds from the Blue Sky Cup go directly to funding rheumatoid arthritis research through the Arthritis National Research Foundation. Colorado residents Jim Nollsch and Hayden Fisher founded the Blue Sky Cup six years ago and three…

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  • arthritis . cure arthritis . Cure Arthritis Ambassador . racing for a cure . rheumatoid arthritis .

Our newest Cure Arthritis Ambassador, Carmen Mata, known online by her username, @Lil_RA_Warrior, is just that: A warrior. Through the course of her battle with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), she has run 21 half marathons, 4 full marathons, countless 5Ks and one ultra-marathon. She is no stranger to facing a challenge and she continuously inspires the RA community. Carmen has suffered through arthritis related pain since she was a teenager. She initially chalked it up to injuries sustained from a car…

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  • drumline . JIA . juvenile arthritis . juvenile idiopathic arthritis .

Jessica takes to the pavement with her high school marching band, drumsticks in hand, ready to perform. Upon first glance, you would never be able to tell she went from being wheelchair-bound due to juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), to marching in two parades in only a matter of months. Jessica, 16, is determined to defy the odds of juvenile idiopathic arthritis by participating in Drumline. She can be seen playing the snare drum, and when her arthritis is particularly difficult,…

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