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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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  • Angie Irvin . arthritis . cure arthritis . osteoarthritis . pageant . rheumatoid arthritis . spondylosis .

Cure Arthritis Ambassador Angie Irvin is more than just a pretty face. Crowned Mrs. Gulf States International 2017, she has dedicated her pageantry platform to advocating for arthritis awareness and research. Angie can remember feeling pain related to her arthritis since she was 4 years old. In her 20’s, Angie sustained serious injuries from both a snow-skiing accident and a major car crash, which only exacerbated her illnesses and caused new ones to form. It wasn’t until she was in…

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  • autoimmune diseases . Kai Yang . rheumatoid arthritis . St. Jude Children's Research Hospital . T Cells .

Autoimmune diseases are often triggered by a T-cell imbalance in our system. Like forces ready for battle against an invading army, the T cells are pivotal players in defending the body against infection or injury. When under siege, the immune system quickly releases a burst of disease-fighting T-cells to engulf and defeat the invaders. Specialized blood cells—called “T effector cells”—are mobilized to fight the attack. Once the enemy is vanquished, regulatory T cells (Tregs) are supposed to quickly sweep away…

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  • france . germany . rheumatoid arthritis . Travel . Traveling With Arthritis .

Sometimes you end up in the wrong city in a foreign country. Like confronting the onset of Rheumatoid Arthritis, each situation requires a new language, especially when traveling with arthritis. Testing positive for Resilience Factor is a plus. As I wrote in last month's traveling with arthritis article, my husband David and I traveled to Paris, fullfilling a dream to travel abroad. Just as life, we had loose-knit plans, and were determined to live, laugh, and confront any bumps in…

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