Archive | April 2012

May is Arthritis Awareness Month

The Arthritis Foundation is the driving force behind Arthritis Awareness Month, which will be observed during May 2012.

Arthritis Awareness Month aims to make people more aware of arthritis. It is also a time to motivate Americans to get up and moving via the Arthritis Walk, which helps raise funds for arthritis research, support and advocacy.

May 12 is National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.

World Autoimmune Arthritis Day is May 20, 2012.

Arthritis awareness does not end in May, however; World Arthritis Day will take place Friday, October 12, 2012.

This entry was posted on April 28, 2012, in Events.

Arthritis Profile: Christine Schwab

Take Me Home from the Oscars is the well-acclaimed book by author and TV personality Christine Schwab, who chronicles her battle with RA and keeping her condition hidden while working in the fast-paced world of television.

A national beauty, lifestyle, and fashion reporter, Christine has appeared on shows such as Oprah, Live with Regis and Kelly, NBC Nightly News, CBS-The Early Show, The Today Show, The Insider, Rachel Ray, Inside Edition, CNBC News, Fox Network News, E! Entertainment and Weekend Today.

Christine’s career as a journalist on KABC-TV Eyewitness News in Los Angeles. She is the author of three books, Quickstyle, The Grown-up Girl’s Guide to Style, and Take Me Home from the Oscars. As the contributing style editor to Redbook magazine Christine wrote a highly rated monthly column that also appeared in the Australian magazine She.

She has also been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, Ladies Home Journal, Women’s World, The Chicago Tribune, The Huffington Post and The Washington Post Book Magazine/Sunday.

Christine appeared as a spokesperson for many of the country’s leading fashion and beauty companies. Estee Lauder, Revlon, Cotton Inc., Lenscrafters, Patek Phillipe and The Platinum Guilde, among others. Currently, she is spokesperson for the National Arthritis Foundation.

She is a member of AFTRA Fashion Group, Writer’s Market, and Pen USA.


Web Site:

Amazon Author Page: Christine Schwab

Twitter: @schwabchristine

Facebook: Christine Schwab

6 Differences Between Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Which form of arthritis do you have? Which form of arthritis do you have?

Arthritis comes in many forms. In fact, this term can apply to a number of conditions, including psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and osteoarthritis. Two of these conditions–rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA)–are often confused among patients.

Read More (courtesy HealthCentral)

New Way To Diagnose and Treat Arthritis – Using Old Technology

(Photo Credit: CBS)An old technology used in many medical diagnostic procedures now has a new purpose – as part of treatment for arthritis.

Doctors can now use ultrasound methods to not only pinpoint inflammation with more accuracy, but also as a guide in administering injections, such as cortisone or hylan G-F20, to be assured they reach the affected joints.

Benefits of this new treatment are patients avoiding exposure to radiation that accompanies traditional X-rays, and the high cost of MRI’s. Ultrasound arthritis treatment is both less expensive and pain management can be felt in a shorter period of time.



CBS Local: Ultrasound Offering Arthritis Patients Some Relief Old Technology Has New Use for Arthritis Sufferers

This entry was posted on April 20, 2012, in Treatments.

Low Thyroid Function Linked to Heart Disease in Arthritis

It’s well established that inflammatory types of arthritis, like rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Now, a Dutch study shows that if in addition to the arthritis you have hypothyroidism – a condition in which the thyroid gland produces an insufficient amount of hormones – your risk is even higher.

“Evidence is accumulating,” explains study co-author Michael T. Nurmohamed, MD, PhD, a rheumatologist at VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam. “Rheumatoid arthritis as well as hypothyroidism are independently associated with an increased cardiovascular risk, such as heart attacks and strokes. If you have both, then the risk is amplified,” he says. The study was published online in March in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

Read More (courtesy Jennifer Davis, Arthritis Today)

Pittsburgh Arthritis Walk

The Western Pennsylvania chapter of the Arthritis Foundation is honored to have WTAE-TV anchor Sally Wiggin as Mistress of Ceremonies for its annual Arthritis Walk, which will take place at the Southside Works on Saturday, June 2, 2012.

The Arthritis Walk will consist of either a one or three-mile walk on the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, traveling the “SouthSide Trail” along the Monongahela’s south bank, across the Hot Metal Bridge, and over to the north bank.

Both teams and individuals may sign up for the walk. More information is available on

This entry was posted on April 17, 2012, in Events.