Johns Hopkins has released its 2011 Arthritis Whitepaper, with in-depth consumer information on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of various different conditions that fall under the heading of “arthritis.” The paper features several diet, exercise and other wellness strategies, as well as other treatments for combating arthritis.
The Whitepaper is authored by John A. Flynn, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.R., Medical Director of the The Spondyloarthritis Program and Clinical Director of General Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Carl A. Johnson, M.D. Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Medical Director of Johns Hopkins Orthopaedics at White Marsh.
According to an August 14, 2011 Health Alert circulated by Johns Hopkins, “46 million men and women [are] living with arthritis,” and “there are more than 100 different conditions that fall under the heading of “Arthritis.” Among these are:
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Ankylosing spondylitis
• Lyme disease
In controlling these conditions, “Your age, your daily activities, your other health issues, the drug treatments you’re using, your exercise routine, over-the-counter remedies you try all affect the way you are going to feel at any given time,” according to the Johns Hopkins Health Alert.
As estimated $128 billion annually in “valuable time and money are lost because of the aches and pains, the stiff joints and the fatigue caused by arthritis,” according to Johns Hopkins. They indicate that realizing “how much money and hope are wasted on ineffective drug treatments, as well as pills and lotions that promise miracle cures where none exist,” was what motivated Johns Hopkins to produce their Whitepapers, to provide sound medical answers to common questions from arthritis sufferers.
Among the topics featured in the 2011 Johns Hopkins Arthritis Whitepaper:
• 8 effective exercises for hand arthritis. (page 14)
• Treatment update: Disease-modifying drugs for osteoarthritis. (page 24)
• What to do when arthritis strikes your ankle. (page 30)
• Smoking and rheumatoid arthritis: Why you shouldn’t light up. (page 42)
• Can you take a holiday from your rheumatoid arthritis medication? (page 57)
• Strategies to avoid weight gain after joint replacement surgery. (page 60)
• A new way to reduce your gout medicine’s troubling GI side effects. (page 67)
• Promising new therapies for lupus. (page 70)
• Fibromyalgia sufferers: Here’s how to get a better night’s sleep. (page 73)
According to Johns Hopkins’ Health Alert, “there is one thing that people who successfully manage their arthritis have in common: They keep themselves fully informed and up-to-the-minute on new developments in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of arthritis. They use this knowledge to work closely with their doctors to conquer pain, minimize restrictions, and maintain a good quality of life.”
The 2011 Johns Hopkins Arthritis Whitepaper can be purchased (for $19.95) online from Johns Hopkins. A free “Arthritis Special Report: Active Living With Arthritis,” is included.
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