12 posts from May, 2012

Get Moving for Arthritis Awareness Month

Posted May 3rd, 2012 by

Did you know that arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the US?  Or that this disease – which affects some 50 million Americans – has more than 100 different types?

Why Is Movement Important?  Obesity Prevalence Is 54% Higher in Adults with Arthritis.

May is Arthritis Awareness Month, a nationwide event sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation (AF) to raise awareness and funds.  All across the country, Arthritis Walks will be held this month as part of the Let’s Move Together campaign, which encourages people everywhere to get moving to prevent or treat arthritis.  That’s because walking is an easy, effective way to keep your joints mobile, lose weight and boost overall health.

Another way you can get involved is by honoring a loved one who is living with (or lived with) arthritis through Hope Through Heroes.  Celebrate your father, mother or another important person in your life by sharing their inspirational story.  Then email your tribute or memorial page to other friends and family, who can post their own testimonials and/or make donation in that person’s name.

Given that arthritis strikes 1 in 5 adults, you likely know someone with the condition.  But you may not know how extensive it is.  A common myth is that arthritis only occurs in old age.  Yet two-thirds of those with arthritis are under the age of 65, and 300,000 of them are children with juvenile arthritis (JA).  (JA itself has several subtypes, including polyarticular onset JA and systemic onset JA.)

Some of the Commonly Reported Symptoms in the PatientsLikeMe Osteoarthritis (OA) Community

At PatientsLikeMe, our rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA) communities confirm that these two common forms of arthritis can affect people of all ages.  For our 2,737 patients with RA, the most common age bracket is age 40-49.  And amongst our 1,900 patients with OA, the 50-59 age bracket is the largest.  Another key takeaway is that women are disproportionately affected (92% women vs. 8% men for our RA community, and 90% women vs. 10% men for our OA community).

Have you been diagnosed with a form of arthritis?  Got questions for others like you?  Chat with the 19,000+ members of our Muscles, Bones & Joints Room today.

Jamie Heywood Is One of Hacking Work’s 100 Great Disruptive Heroes

Posted May 1st, 2012 by

Learn More About Hacking Work's 100 Great Disruptive Heroes

How do you define a disruptive hero?  Here is Hacking Work’s three-pronged filter:

  • Disruptive because they are proving conventional wisdom wrong.
  • Heroes because they are changing the rules of the game, for the better.
  • Great because they helped to change us all for the better.

Given these demanding criteria, we are pleased to announce that Hacking Work has recognized PatientsLikeMe Co-Founder and Chairman Jamie Heywood for disrupting the accepted rules of the medical world.  How did his upbringing encourage him to ask questions?  Why does he believe it’s possible to both challenge and respect the healthcare system at the same time?

Find out that and much more in this thought-provoking interview: