The Arthritis Newsletter

Summer 2013

Managing Your Prescription Drug Costs


Consumer Advisory Board members have been asked about pharmacy costs and biologic agents.

Reducing the Pain of Arthritis: Looking at Over the Counter Drugs


Arthritis hurts. No matter which of a hundred faces your arthritis presents, you will endure varying levels of pain. Little wonder, then, that the medical community prescribes and the pharmaceutical companies produce medications to combat pain and the inflammation that produces pain and joint damage.

Sun Exposure, Medications and Rheumatoid Arthritis


Summer is now upon us and those with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) should be aware that many of the medications used to treat RA have sun exposure side effects (photosensitivity).

Arthritis and Depression: Find out how YOU can take back control


CAB members Sharan Rai and Lianne Gulka interviewed Dr. Hiram Mok, a Consultant Psychiatrist and the Mary Pack Arthritis Centre Clinical Associate Professor of the UBC Department of Psychiatry, as well as Arthritis Research Centre of Canada trainee Ms. Lindsay Burns.

What is a Guideline, and Why Should I Care?


Fear and uncertainty. These are two of the predominant emotions that follow a diagnosis of any one of over a hundred forms of arthritis.

Changing Shoes


People living with arthritis are often forced to change the style of their footwear in order to accommodate the pain and disability that often affects the feet and toes.

Pharmacists and Osteoarthritis: Advice You Can Count On


Dr. Carlo Marra is a Research Scientist at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada and a Professor in the Faulty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

Fashionable and Comfortable: Summer Sandal Options


One of the big questions facing anyone dealing with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or osteoarthritis (OA) is what footwear to wear?

Living with Ankylosing Spondylitis


I have lived with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) all of my adult life. It has at times been burdensome and, at others, just a minor irritant.


Sticking to Your Plan- A patient’s perspective


Hello summer holidays, good-bye weekly exercise plans? As different demands, changing energy levels and pain disrupt our normal schedules, how do we stay on track with our fitness?


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