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Insider Arthritis Tips June 2012
June 15, 2012
The Battle of Midway – June 4-7, 1942
They had no right to win. Yet they did, and in doing so they changed the course of a war... even against the greatest of odds, there is something in the human spirit – a magic blend of skill, faith, and valor – that lifts man from certain defeat to incredible victory.
– Walter Lord, Author
Yoga Helps RA
Laird Harrison writing in WebMD reported, "Young patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may feel better after practicing yoga for just six weeks, a new study shows. Researchers reported their findings at the American Pain Society's annual meeting." According to the article, by strengthening muscles, exercise prevents joints from moving in uncomfortable ways."
Comment: I’ve done “old-lady” yoga now for a year and it definitely helps with flexibility.
NSAIDs Associated With
Lower Risk Of Skin Cancer
Smoking May Be Harmful For
Hip And Knee Replacement Patients
Managing Medicines Becoming
Obese men lose weight with
The BBC News reported, "Older
obese men could shift excess
weight by taking testosterone supplements,"
according to research presented at the
European Congress on Obesity.
The study of 115 obese men with low
testosterone levels revealed that those
"given testosterone supplements in
a similar way to HRT for older women"
lost on average "16kg over five years
when testosterone levels were increased
back to normal." However, "experts warn
that supplements may not be the answer
due to possible risks of prostate cancer
and heart disease."
42% Of Americans Will Be Obese
Obesity Increases RA
New Antibody Drug
Works For Ankylosing Spondylitis
Anxiety and depression
common with arthritis
Female Skiers At Risk
Of Knee Injury More Than Men
Cilantro for RA?
Botox To Treat Knee Pain From Arthritis
A Perfect Day!
On May 17th, under a blue sky and perfect late spring temperatures, our non-profit, Arthritis Research Institute (ARI), hosted a full day symposium featuring 7 of the most well-respected rheumatologists in the country and more than 100 people in attendance.
Symposium topics included issues surrounding the many arthritis diseases. Speakers addressed new and upcoming treatments and presented a better under-standing of the diseases that “limit the activities of nearly 21 million adults,” according to the Center for Disease Control.
Here are a few comments from those who attended.
Paul Kostreski of Middletown, MD says, “I think that everyone is responsible for his own health, and programs like this allow us to know what’s available so that we can take better care of ourselves.”
Frederick resident, Flemming Paschal adds, “Knowledge is power! The more information we have will hopefully help us achieve a better quality of life.”
Ron Roos of Frederick, MD, mentions, “The program was executed with a good mix of information and entertainment. It was not the standard approach for presenting information, yet we received great information.”
Were You Lucky Enough To Attend?
Because of space limitations, many were unable to attend. But no need to miss out on the wealth of information that was shared.
A must have treasure for any library, you will receive this fabulous set of DVDs featuring all presentations for one great price. ARI is proud to continue to provide programs for those who have arthritis so they can learn arthritis management techniques, and better under-stand their disease.
A portion of your purchase is tax deductible. Not only will you receive a fabulous collection of information, you will know that your contribution will benefit ARI.
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2010 & 2012 Symposium
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Speaker, Dr. Roland Moskowitz says, “I cannot tell you how impressed I am with the outstanding program you and your colleagues put on yesterday. The meeting, the participants, and the faculty were superb. You and your colleagues are to be congratulated. I appreciated the opportunity to participate.”
Wei’s World June 2012A few months ago I visited Jefferson Medical College, the medical school I graduated from in Philadelphia. I attended a dinner where donors of scholarships to the medical school spend the evening with the scholarship recipients.
My mother was instrumental in my attending medical school… and in particular, Jefferson, which is considered the premier med school in Philadelphia, despite what the Penn people will tell you. As a student, I promised myself that someday I would set up a scholarship fund in her name at Jefferson… so this past year, the Pearl Wei Memorial Scholarship Fund was established.
My wife and I got to meet the fund recipient: a delightful woman who is very active in the community. In spite of her heavy first year course load, she volunteers at a free clinic near Jefferson, as well as in other community service programs.
It made me feel grateful. I’ve discovered that unless you participate in charitable works, your life is not complete. I only recently “got this.” I was so busy growing and running my practice. But then I realized… what had I done to recognize what my mother had done for me?
This past month we held our 6th Arthritis Spring Symposium. One branch of the practice is our charitable foundation, the Arthritis Research Institute (ARI). The purpose of ARI is fourfold: delivering public education seminars using speakers with a national and international reputation, helping fund scholarships for young people with arthritis or who have made a contribution to arthritis research, funding arthritis research where biotech and pharmaceutical funding is lacking, and finally, helping those in need defray the costs of their medications. ARI is helping to fund this year’s symposium as it always does, but these events are expensive. This year, our costs will total about $34,000. We’ve been able to attract some corporate sponsors, and the attendees support the program through ticket sales. But these do not, by any means, cover the full cost. We keep doing it anyway because the vision of ARI and its goals sustain us.
So far, we’ve been able to meet most of those goals. The problem is that ARI exists as a result of charitable donations. And with the competition for donations to charity, we find the ARI gets lost in the shuffle. It’s a shame because we’re in a somewhat rural area and the Arthritis Foundation has no presence in Frederick… so ARI serves to fill that need.
We’ve had the good fortune of attracting some benefactors in the past. In fact, one of our strongest supporters, Sally Walser, just recently passed away. I’d like to acknowledge her spirit as an individual who kept ARI alive during those bleak early days.
Today ARI is holding its own, but it certainly could use some help. So if you agree that the aims of ARI are worthy and would like to help, please consider making a tax deductible donation. Just earmark your donation to the Arthritis Research Institute c/o Ms. Michelle Grimm, 71 Thomas Johnson Drive, Frederick, Maryland, 21702
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