NEWS

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World Lupus Day

A global health problem, lupus affects people of all nationalities, races, ethnicities, genders and ages. Lupus can affect any part of the body in any way at any time, often with unpredictable and life-changing results. A large-scale 16-nation survey reveals that low awareness of lupus results in public misconceptions about the disease. Raising awareness of lupus and improving understanding of the challenges that people living with the disease face is an important goal of the new World Lupus Federation, a coalition of global lupus patients. Read more here.

Turmeric and Curcumin

Research has found that the whole spice Turmeric is beneficial (refer the video library).  Just using the extracted active ingredient Curcumin via a supplement is far less effective.  Whole  turmeric, a root vegetable, has over 300 compounds so just extracting one and ignoring the whole food is not appropriate.  Same issue with oranges.  Eating the whole orange is much more beneficial than just drinking the juice.

Sexual Health

Well, the secret is out at last! Research suggests that up to 70% of patients with rheumatoid arthritis experience impaired sexual function relating to their disease, but most have never discussed this with a healthcare professional. Thanks to MedPage but is anyone with RA really surprised?

Eliminate Stress

4 Keys To Resilience And Peace is a multimedia program designed to teach you proven skills that will help you to eliminate stress and create new levels of inner strength and calm within yourself. This is the pathway to finally achieving all that you want in life and enjoying it to the full! Go here

P. Gingivitas and Alzheimer's

Gum disease is caused by a bacteria called P. Gingivitas which can lead to heart disease if not corrected.  In the February edition of the New Scientist gum disease has now been linked to Alzheimer's, the most dominate type of dementia. A number of recent research articles back this up.  Bottom line, clean and floss your teeth regularly.

Nutrition

“Fasting” may be important and has health benefits. There are different types of fasting. The easiest to start with is Time Restricted Eating - try to eat your day’s food within a 10hr window (and have a 14 hr fasting period). As you tolerate this, try to shorten your eating period to an 8 hr window. 

RA and Your Lungs

Some surprising comments under this topic in the Member's Forum.  People with RA need to look after their lungs.  Log in and select Forum then Co-morbidities.

Pain Research Centre

At the end of the day, lower back pain is more than just a pain in the back for so many Australians. Six million Australians have impacts on their quality of life, on their ability to work, and of course chronic pain can contribute to mental health impacts.” Hon Greg Hunt, Minister for Health

For the first time Australia will have a research centre dedicated to arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions. Back pain alone accounts for more than 40 percent of forced early retirements in Australia and is associated with poor quality of life, lower income and mental health issues. Low back pain is the leading cause of disability globally.

The NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence for the Australia and New Zealand Musculoskeletal (ANZMUSC) Clinical Trials Network, based at the Cabrini Institute at Monash University in Melbourne, will advance research and will enable clinicians, researchers and consumers to work together to deliver better treatments and outcomes for people with musculoskeletal conditions. The centre will collaborate with 23 universities, 21 hospitals and 10 research institutes. It will work closely with consumers and consumer organisations to shape its research agenda, and with policy makers to ensure that discoveries are rapidly translated into improved care.You can access the ANZMUSC here

Videos

Don't miss our extensive video collection under the main menu - Video Library.  The content covers everything from gut bugs to hand exercises.  New videos are added monthly.

Survey

ARAD is a national Australian database which collects important health information from individuals with inflammatory arthritis. If you would like to participate in the survey Go Here and look for ARAD bottom left.

Quick Reads

Want to learn about your condition but can't read scientific articles?  No problem.  Dragon Claw provides short simple summaries of some of the best and makes them available just for you the Member under the sub-menu item Quick Reads, once you have registered.

Street Art

As you move through the site and its many sections you will notice unusual art works, usually at the top of each main section.  More will be added as time goes by.  These images are street art from Sydney, Australia.  We are using these images (with permission) to make the site distinctive and memorable. We particularly wanted to move away from clinical images and happy smiling faces which are so routine these days.  Hope you like the images.