8 Rheumatoid Arthritis Myths

If you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a good first step is to learn as much as you can about your disease. In addition to understanding RA better, you may be surprised at how many myths exist. Many people still think that all arthritis is the same, or that only old people get RA. Debunking common myths will help you manage your condition and communicate your experience to your loved ones.
 
 
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BBC News: 3D Printer To Help Foot Pain Sufferers

3D printers are being used to produce insoles and splints which could help millions of people with disabling foot and ankle conditions.

A team at Glasgow Caledonian University is “printing” devices which are more supportive and quicker to make.

Normally, making foot and ankle splints is a long and laborious process – a model of the foot is made, often from plaster, then plastic is moulded around it by hand.

This process can take anywhere up to six weeks, with patients waiting in considerable pain.

Prof Jim Woodburn, a specialist in foot problems at Glasgow Caledonian University, said: “Our goal is based on, for example, the Specsavers model so what we would like to do is ideally provide the patient with the device on the day.”

The team are using 3D printers to build foot and ankle supports with a new degree of precision.

Read More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-20020600

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World Arthritis Day: Two Easy-To-Understand Guides & One Powerful Visual

Today is World Arthritis Day!

Please take a minute to learn more about Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Guide: 60-Second Guide to RA

Inflammatory arthritis is an umbrella term describing a group of autoimmune diseases that involve inflammation in the joints. Autoimmune diseases occur when a body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. In the case of inflammatory arthritis a person’s joints are attacked, which can result in chronic pain and inflammation. Depending upon the specific type of inflammatory arthritis, different joints, organs and parts of the body may be affected.

Guide: What is Inflammatory Arthritis?

The Show Us Your Hands! Inflammatory Arthritis Community Collage is a symbol of the wonderfully supportive inflammatory arthritis community that continues to grow and connect online. It acts as a reminder that we should be proud of our inflammatory arthritis hands. The Show Us Your Hands! community includes people who live with:

  • Anykylosing Spondylitis
  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
  • Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Reactive Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Still’s Disease
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Visual: Inflammatory Arthritis Community Collage

Thank you for helping us raise awareness this World Arthritis Day by sharing this information with family and friends!

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World Suicide Prevention Day 2012

“Light a candle near a window”, is the call made by the International Association for Suicide Prevention, in collaboration with WHO, on the occasion of World Suicide Prevention Day 2012. It is intended as a message of hope and understanding for those who attempt to end their lives due to feelings of despair and lack of hope.

The theme of World Suicide Prevention Day this year is “Suicide prevention across the globe: strengthening protective factors and instilling hope”. The aim of the Day, which is celebrated annually on 10 September, is to raise awareness among the scientific community and the general population that suicide is preventable.

Read More: http://www.emro.who.int/media/news/suicide-prevention-day2012.html

In a blog post that I wrote a little over a year ago, I–for the first time ever–spoke about my own personal struggle with suicidal thoughts, which I experienced soon after being diagnosed with chronic illness. Please SHARE, in the hopes of helping others who might be facing some of the same challenges right at this moment.

Don’t Lose Hope!
by RA Guy on July 19, 2011

Today’s post discusses the sensitive yet important topics of depression and suicide. I have received suicide letters here in the past both as emails and blog comments (never published of course), and my hope is that by sharing my own personal story, I might be able to help others who are struggling with these issues themselves.

Read More: http://www.rheumatoidarthritisguy.com/2011/07/dont-lose-hope/

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