101.2°

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That’s the temperature of the fever that I woke up with at 5am this morning. This is my first fever in about five years, believe it or not. Hope it breaks soon! Until it does, I’ll be calling in sick!

For Severely Ill Children, A Dearth Of Doctors

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Wall Street Journal | Business | January 12, 2010, 12:00 A.M. ET

Lower Salaries, Reimbursement Rates Create Shortfall of Specialists; Kenneth’s Seven-Month Wait for an Appointment

Specialist Shortage

A growing shortage of pediatricians trained in specialties such as neurology, gastroenterology, and developmental and behavioral medicine is threatening timely access to care for children, according to pediatric medical groups.

As the House and Senate intensify the process of melding their two health bills, pediatric groups are lobbying to secure more funding for training and higher reimbursement for pediatric sub-specialties, in the hope of encouraging more doctors-in-training to enter the field. Specialization typically requires up to three years of training beyond a general pediatrics residency and can pay salaries less than half the rate of adult specialty medicine. At present, 17 states lack at least one physician in one of 13 sub-specialties.

Read More: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052… (Wall Street Journal)

advocacy-boy-doctorShortage of Pediatric Rheumatologists

A new Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) report reveals a severe shortage of pediatric rheumatologists in the U.S. and calls for a 75 percent increase in the number of pediatric rheumatologists.

Read More: http://www.arthritis.org/advocate-news.php (Arthritis Foundation)

Superhero Wall Of Fame

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55 people have already signed the Superhero Wall of Fame. The most recent entry comes from GlasgowGal – who has 30 years of superhero experience!

Superhero Wall Of Fame

GlasgowGal
Jan 10, 2010 4:39 pm

Name: GlasgowGal
Age: 38
Superhero Type: Juvenile Arthritis Gal
Superhero Experience: 30, yes 30, years and counting….!
Superhero Powers: surviving 2 hip replacements; being married ; working full time; employing Personal Assistants; getting on with life; cooking; crafting; educating people that disability is not something to be scared of! independence is a state of mind, not a list of tasks to be completed; watcher of Star Trek, especially Voyager
Superhero Slogan: make it so…..
Superhero HQ: Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

This wall of fame includes brief details about superheros from around the world, each of whom share a little bit about the positive side of living with rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune illnesses. Each individual story is inspiring. All of the stories collected together are even more inspiring.

Are you in the Superhero Wall of Fame? If not, please add you name.

New RA Blog

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Hearth Light

A little record of those little things that light up my daily life… here you will find me sharing adventures in cooking, a few notes about craft projects I’m working on, the vagaries of my health as I deal with chronic Rheumatoid Arthritis, movies and TV shows, books I’m reading…

RA|QA Rheumatoid Arthritis Questions & Answers

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QuestionCarla asks:

I’m trying to find out other people’s experiences taking Enbrel, Humira, and/or Simponi through airport security. These are injectable drugs that have to be refrigerated. Did they have any problems with security not wanting to allow them through? Was the insulated carrier/ice counted as one of your two carry ons? I’m going to be traveling more in the future and I’d like to know what others have experienced.