Delaware Arthritis News

The Arthritis Foundation honors Scholarship Advocate, Kiona Harvey

This year, the Arthritis Foundation Mid Atlantic Region gave out 9 scholarships to advocates living with arthritis. Kiona “Kay” Harvey from Columbia, SC was one of the chosen advocates to attend the annual Advocacy Summit on Capitol Hill. The Advocacy Summit is an event that brings people living with and affected by arthritis from every corner of the United States to convene in Washington, D.C. There the advocates learn how to advocate and build a continuing relationship with their Members of Congress. Kiona was able to meet with Joe Wilson, Republican, who is located in the 2nd congressional district of South Carolina. read more

Teen Disabled by Arthritis Gets Hip Replacement at 20

Abdul Moussadda was an active biker, working a summer job as a waiter and getting ready for his first semester of college, when he got hit with the flu. Two weeks later, at the age of 19, a sore throat and other horrible symptoms set in. "My joints in my fingers, and neck and wrists and knees starting literally looking like watermelons or tennis balls," he told ABCNews.com. "Everything was swollen. I would get high fevers of 104, and every night I was sweating, soaking the bed." Moussadda, who is from Cutler Bay, Fla., lost 15 pounds and doctors ran tests but they showed nothing. "They couldn't figure it out," he said. "One night my fever was so bad I went to the hospital." When he was finally referred to a rheumatologist, Moussadda was diagnosed with an autoimmune form of arthritis – Still's disease, a disorder that is similar to a systemic-onset variation of juvenile arthritis, but it occurs in adults. The disease can go into remission, but may lead to chronic arthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation. It most commonly affects the knee and wrist, but ankles, shoulders, elbows and finger joints may also be involved. Two and a half years later, Moussadda was so disabled that he couldn't attend school or even leave his house. read more

8 Natural Therapies for Arthritis Pain

Joint pain and stiffness from arthritis can be daily challenge. While conventional treatments work to control inflammation and slow disease progression, there are natural therapies that can play an important role in how you feel. Here are eight ways you can ease pain naturally. read more

Advocacy Summit 2014: Virtual Summit

Hundreds are gathered in Washington, DC to meet with Congress and ask them to take a stand in the fight against arthritis by supporting the three issues arthritis advocates indicated were most important. But to get the attention of Congress, hundreds of voices aren’t enough. We need your help. Send each of the messages below to your legislators and echo our voice. We’ve already drafted a message for you, but be sure to edit it and share your personal arthritis story! It’s time for Congress to #FaceArthritis. Make Arthritis Medications More Affordable: By passing the Patients’ Access to Treatments Act (HR 460). This law puts an end to unfair costsharing practiced by many commercial insurers that keeps biologics financially out of reach. Support Arthritis Research: By keeping arthritis research at priority at the Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program. Increase the Number of Pediatric Rheumatologists: By reauthorizing the Pediatric Subspecialty Loan Repayment Program. This program offers student loan forgiveness for new pediatric rheumatologists willing to practice in underserved communities in America. read more

Higher rate of South Carolinians struck by arthritis

South Carolinians suffer from arthritis at a higher rate than the nation as a whole, and the number of people with the disease is rising. On Tuesday state officials announced their efforts to encourage exercise and “self-management interventions,” such as support groups, to reduce the physical and financial hardships of the disease. Nationally, number of adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis is estimated to be 52.5 million or more than one in five, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In South Carolina, it’s worse: greater than one in four, or 28 percent, of adults. "Arthritis is a serious and costly public health problem that is often under-recognized," said Cora Plass, director of Healthy Aging at S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, in a new release. "Arthritis causes complications in the management of co-occurring conditions such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease because it limits physical activity.” read more

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