A new CDC study examined the prevalence of community participation restriction due to perceived environmental barriers among older adults (≥ 50 years) and compared the impact among those with selected chronic conditions.
The Thurston Arthritis Research Center at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill was recently awarded a $3.25 Million grant by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This grant will allow researches to complete a follow-up of participants in the Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project, a project which started twenty years ago in 1991. Follow-up will include a look at topics including risk factors and co-morbidities. Information on CDC provided funding and support for this project can be found here. Additionally, you can read the UNC Health Care article overviewing the grant awarded, including more information on what will specifically be examined in this research project.
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN have released information from a study involving mice that demonstrated how removing senescent cells can postpone many of the traditional signs of aging. Senescent cells are predominantly found in aging tissues, potentially including tissues where arthritis is found. This research could be the first step in many to helping individuals extend their good health as they age.
Read the entire article on this research in the New York Times.
The Arthritis Foundation is asking us all to join in protecting health care services. A Congressional "Super Committee" has been tasked with finding ways to cut government spending. While this is a necessary and difficult project for these committee members, it is important that we speak up and ask for the protection of essential health care services which impact the way we live. Read the Advocacy Alert in full and make a call by Tuesday, October 18 to help protect your health!
A recent article in Today's Research on Aging discusses health benefits that come from volunteering. For all of our current volunteer program leaders, and especially for all of our future volunteers, this article is for you! Read up on how volunteering improves your overall wellness - mind, body and spirit. Click here to read more. We certainly value all of our workshop leaders!
The most recent data assessing how Missouri compares nationally and to other states in regard to arthritis and related conditions is now available. The information is compiled, in part, by reviewing information made available through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. View information about which conditions are comparable to national trends and which are more prevalent in Missouri. Click here for the document.
New information from the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism suggests people serving in the armed forces are more likely than others to suffer from osteoarthritis, a painful joint condition caused by wear and tear to cartilage.
Researchers found that repetitive joint movement by recruits and active duty military members led to a higher incidence of the disease. The study also looked at how race and gender impacted the likelihood of developing osteoarthritis while serving in the military. Read more about the study here.
The publication Arthritis Care and Research has recently released an article confirming the work of the Arthritis Foundation's Walk With Ease program (WWE). The program is a six-week long course designed to help people use social supports to make and maintain physical fitness goals.
Nearly 500 arthritis sufferers participated in the study. Researchers looked at physical function of the participants before and after the six weeks. What they found was everyone had in some way improved their mobility, pain levels or both. Read more about the study here.
One risk factor for arthritis that can be changed is obesity. Individuals who face limitations because of their weight may be able to reduce the progression of arthritis by losing weight. A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that obesity can have a significant impact on arthritis patients' reduced quality-of-life.
The study assessed obesity prevalence among adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Some of the information discovered by the research includes:
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that obese adults who have arthritis may be less likely to be active than their thinner counterparts. The study, released in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), finds arthritis-related joint pain and functional limitation might contribute substantially to low rates of physical activity among adults with obesity. Find the full report here.