North Carolina Arthritis News

The Ultimate Arthritis-Friendly Shoe Guide

Our feet, with their 52 bones, 66 joints and more than 200 muscles, tendons and ligaments, are high-precision instruments that connect us to the earth, support our skeleton and provide balance and mobility. Yet we often neglect and even abuse them – forcing them into footwear that doesn’t fit, that sacrifices function and comfort for style, or that is simply the wrong shoe choice for our particular feet. Anyone who has worn a fabulous pair of shoes for a special occasion, only to tear them off at the first possible moment, knows how painful a bad shoe decision can be. That's especially true when choosing shoes for arthritic feet. read more

Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity Named 2014 Jingle Bell Run/Walk Corporate Chair

The Arthritis Foundation today named Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity (AOII) as the national sponsor of the 2014 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis. The Foundation celebrates the event’s 30th anniversary this year, marking three decades of raising funds for arthritis research, health education and government advocacy to find a cure for the nation’s leading cause of disability. AOII International President Allison Allgier, who will spearhead the 2014 campaign, will serve as the national chair and spokesperson for the event. Allgier has recruited a national Jingle Bell Run/Walk committee comprised of fellow AOII volunteers committed to the cause. In the coming months, the committee of will set goals to secure new revenue for the Arthritis Foundation and help in achieving the event’s national fundraising goal of $9 million. read more

Strawberries Ease Inflammation

Not only are strawberries juicy and delicious, they also may lower blood levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a signal of inflammation in the body. High CRP levels are associated with an increased risk of heart disease and stroke, and levels often spike when people with rheumatoid arthritis or lupus have a flare, as well. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health studying the value of strawberries found that women who ate 16 or more strawberries per week were 14 percent less likely than non-strawberry eaters to have elevated levels of the protein. These health benefits of strawberries come from fruit that’s either fresh or frozen. 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

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

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