Real Profiles Of Rheumatoid Arthritis: Elizabeth Riggs


Elizabeth at Turtle Rock recently posted her own Real Profile of Rheumatoid Arthritis – be sure to take a look!

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If you look around while you are at her blog, you will find some great information on service dogs, PAALS (Palmetto Animal Assisted Living Services) of South Carolina, and ADI (Assistance Dog International). Elizabeth also writes the blog Living With the Woof, which details her adventures with Emmy – a black labrador retriever mobility assistant.

Thank You, Arthritis Today!

Dear Editor of Arthritis Today,

Arthritis Today Oct 2009Two months ago to the day, I wrote an Open Letter To Arthritis Today in which I asked your publication to please provide more visibility of men living with arthritis. I had just reviewed the archive issues that were available on the Arthritis Foundation website, and was unable to find a man on the cover – even though men comprise 41% of the general arthritis population in the United States.

Within a matter of hours, you responded with “Be sure to check out the cover of our next issue (available mid- to late October). I think you’ll like it.” [Response From Arthritis Today] Your quick response sounded promising, and I could not wait to see what was in store for the upcoming issue of Arthritis Today.

Yesterday, I decided to visit the Arthritis Today website in order to see if any information was available on the November-December 2009 issue. I was happy to see not only a man – but a man living with rheumatoid arthritis – on the cover!

Matthew C. Iseman (born January 22, 1971 in Denver, Colorado, USA) is a U.S. comedian, actor, and television host, who began his career as a physician. He was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2002, at age 31.

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Thank you so much for starting to provide more visibility of men living with rheumatoid arthritis. I look forward to similar features that your publication might publish in the future!


Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy

Justice Department To Stop Pursuit Of Medical Marijuana Use

People who use marijuana for medical purposes and those who distribute it should not face federal prosecution, provided they act according to state law, the Justice Department said on Monday in a directive with far-reaching political and legal implications.

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Amen. Now I just hope that more states start to legalize medicinal marijuana.

New Definition Of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis 5.0

Rheumatologists have remade rheumatoid arthritis, a pretty big deal for them if only because it’s “the major systemic rheumatic disease that we as a specialty treat,” said Dr. Michael E. Weinblatt, a Harvard rheumatologist, at the end of a 90 minute session on Sunday afternoon that unveiled a new definition of rheumatoid arthritis to the world.

The culmination of a 3-year collaboration between the American College of Rhuematology and the European league Aagainst Rhuematoism (EULAR), the new RA definition, the first in more than 20 years, is a consensus agreement from a large panel of experts on which patients with a new inflammatory arthritis have enough risk of progressing to erosive arthrtis that all rheumatologists would immediately start treatment with a disease modifying drug…

This is actually the fifth definition of rheumatoid arthritis, a lineage that began just over 50 years ago…

But the main message at Sunday’s session on what this means was that “this sets the stage for us to treat patients earlier,” Dr. Weinblatt said. “It will allow more rapid institution of disease-modifying therapy.”

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The latest news from the 2009 ACR/ARHP Scientific Meeting

Updated: For a more detailed explanation of the new diagnostic criteria for rheumatoid arthritis, please see: