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  • arthritis support . Kara Dingess . RA . rheumatoid arthritis . Service Dog .

One of the best feelings in the world is the warmness you feel when a dog curls up next to you on the couch and lays her head and legs on your lap. Some might see this as a means of affection, but to me, it is more than that. It’s fondness, compassion, willingness to obey, and feelings of concern. When I give my service dog Adele a command and she responds correctly, she is simply doing her job, but…

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With 1 in 4 Americans afflicted with arthritis, NOW is the time to find a cure. We’re inviting you to join us in raising awareness about arthritis on World Arthritis Day! The Arthritis National Research Foundation is committed to finding a cure by supporting cutting-edge arthritis research and, with your help, we will make a difference. Join us in raising awareness for World Arthritis Day on Thursday, October 12th by using #CureArthritisWAD on social media to show that you stand…

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  • arthritis . AS . fibromyalgia . hacks . juvenile arthritis . life hacks . lupus . RA . rheumatoid arthritis .

When you have an autoimmune disease, saving every ounce of energy you can really makes a difference. We asked the #CureArthritis community to give us the scoop on some of their personal "life hacks" they use to make life with arthritis a little easier! We compiled the list of the most useful and easy tips...take a look, you may just learn something new!   - Household Life Hacks - Cleaning and organizational shortcuts that can help you save time and…

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  • Gang Li . genetic code . JIA . juvenile arthritis . juvenile idiopathic arthritis . RA . rheumatoid arthritis .

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a cruel disease that ravages the joints, triggering flares of heat, swelling and recurrent pain. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is uniquely devastating, often striking children and teens with unpredictable bouts of severe pain and joint inflammation. Although JIA shares many symptoms with RA, such as pain, swelling and warmth in the joints, it is still very different from adult rheumatoid arthritis. However, in both cases, we know very little about the mechanisms in the genetic code…

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  • arthritis . arthritis awareness . Limited Edition T-shirt . WAD . World Arthritis Day .

LONG BEACH, CA – The Arthritis National Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization, announced the release of a limited edition World Arthritis Day t-shirt. The shirt will raise awareness for the over 100 forms of arthritic disease, with proceeds donated directly to arthritis research. The shirts are available, but will only be available while supplies last. With the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) recently upgrading the number of people with arthritis to 1 in 4 Americans, now, more than ever it…

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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Lupus) hijacks the body’s defenses, unleashing a misguided assault on healthy tissues and organs. An estimated 1.5 million Americans suffer from the chronic autoimmune disease, which overwhelmingly strikes women. When lupus flares, the broken immune system goes on the offensive, attacking and destroying the skin, joints and vital organs. At Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Shaun Jackson, MD, PhD, is studying how and why the immune system goes wrong, with funding from the Arthritis…

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  • arthritis . cure arthritis . Dealing with Arthritis . Fatigue . pain . Top 10 List .

Recently the Foundation posed a question to the Cure Arthritis community: What’s the most difficult part of dealing with your arthritis? From the physical to the emotional, our supporters gave some valuable insight into the everyday lives of arthritis patients. We've compiled some of the highlights of their responses below and ranked the 10 most common responses.   - 1 - Fatigue Defined as extreme tiredness, typically resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness. “People underestimate true fatigue. It…

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  • arthritis treatment . Denis Evseenko . OA . osteoarthritis . osteoarthritis molecule . USC .

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic degenerative joint disease that affects 27 million Americans and ultimately leads to irreversible joint damage. Over time, OA destroys the smooth layer of articular cartilage that cushions the ends of bones where they come together to form joints. As the disease progresses, the cartilage thins, fluid leaks into the joint lining, and bones begin to grind together, causing pain, swelling, and loss of motion. Denis Evseenko, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Stem Cell…

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  • art . arthritis . cope with juvenile arthritis . juvenile arthritis . Kids Get Arthritis . painting .

Julia was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis (JA) at the age of 13. While many of her joints remain currently unaffected by the disease, she tends to feel the most pain in her hands. Julia was always looking to find ways to cope with juvenile arthritis, but never imagined how creatively it would emerge. Julia’s juvenile arthritis, coupled with a recent dental surgery, rendered her bedridden for a few days this past winter. And what initially started as a way to…

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  • archery . Chronic Illness . cystic fibrosis . JA . JIA . juvenile arthritis . juvenile arthritis awareness month .

As a teenager, there are a few rites of passage you typically experience: getting your license, going to fun events and staying out late with friends. But what if some of these “firsts” are not promised? What if they aren’t a given? What if instead you have to use all your energy to achieve these seemingly simple life firsts? This is the case for 18 year old Emily, who battles both Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) and Cystic Fibrosis, both lifelong…

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