Use it or lose it!

5 May 2017 Inactivity can cause disability for people with rheumatoid arthritis, but innovative solutions can help. By Wendy Holden, Arthritis Action’s Medical Advisor Most of us know that being physically active is important for our overall health and wellbeing. Not only does exercise help to control weight, but it also boosts energy and can…

ESCAPE-Pain Pilot Study

Health Innovation Network (South London) publishes Arthritis Action’s case study on the pilot implementing ESCAPE-Pain in the charity sector. You can read the report here (link opens pdf).

Letter to the Prime Minister ahead of the Spring Budget 2017

15 February 2017 Arthritis Action has joined 68 other charities in signing a joint letter to the Prime Minister ahead of the Spring Budget 2017. The Letter calls for a new settlement for funding health and care, describing the current pressure on health as “not acceptable or tenable”. The signatories also call on the Government to…

Mediterranean diet can reduce symptoms of arthritis

A Mediterranean diet can reduce markers of inflammation and improve knee flexion and hip rotation in people with osteoarthritis, according to a study led by researchers at the University of Kent and published in the Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging this week. The study, commissioned by UK charity Arthritis Action, examined the effects of…

Annual General Meeting – 2015

The 2015 AGM and Conference was held on Thursday 18 June at the Kings Fund in London. It was a significant day for Arthritis Action as it was used to unveil our new logo and share our plans for the future. Highlights of the event also included a keynote speech by Liam O’Toole, the Chief Executive of…

Annual General Meeting – 2016

This year, our annual AGM and Conference was held on Thursday 23 June, at the King’s Fund in London. We provided a subsidised buffet lunch which costs £10 for members and £15 for non-members.

Annual General Meeting – 2017

This year, our annual AGM and Conference will be held on Thursday 15 June, more details of venue TBA in 2017.

Swindon Self-Management Event

Better Pain Management

Many people who have arthritis take prescription painkillers called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). According to the NHS, there were 17 million prescriptions for NSAIDs during 2010 in England alone. However, researchers at the University of Oxford’s Clinical Trial Service Unit and Epidemiological Studies Unit claim some types of NSAIDs may increase your risk of dying…

Halve RA risk by eating oily fish

Twenty-eight per cent of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) cases could be prevented if everyone ate one or more servings of oily fish a week, claim scientists from Sweden. The experts, from the Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, suggest eating more than 0.21g of omega-3 fatty acids a day – which is approximately the…

Traditional or Western Acupuncture

Traditional acupuncture is a healthcare system which was developed nearly 2000 years ago focusing on pain and illness as signs that the body is out of balance. By inserting fine needles into specific acupuncture points the traditional acupuncturist’s aim is to restore the body’s equilibrium, focusing on the individual and the circulation of “qi”. When…

2-day Self-Management Events

 Course dates in 2015  London:                                 2nd & 9th April Eastbourne:                          11th & 18th July Basingstoke:                         7th…

Positive thinking

 Counselling, positive thinking and meditation techniques may be more effective than painkillers in helping people with arthritis to cope with pain, say experts from the University of Manchester. Their study, published in the European Journal of Neuroscience, suggests the mind could hold the key to relieving the chronic aches and pains suffered by millions of…

Women, milk and knee arthritis

 If you’re a woman, drinking fat-free or low-fat milk on a regular basis may help to slow down the progression of osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee, say American researchers. The experts, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, suggest drinking milk may have a protective effect on the knee joint. However other dairy products failed…

Lifestyle management, look no further

 Recommendations by the government health watchdog that people who are overweight or obese should be referred to a lifestyle weight management programme made the headlines recently. The report from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) suggests raising awareness of lifestyle weight management services among both healthcare professionals and the general public. It…

Losing weight may relieve knee pain

  The higher your body mass index (BMI), the more likely you may be to suffer from a greater amount of pain if you have osteoarthritis (OA) in your knee, compared with people who have lower BMIs. That’s the conclusion of a study recently published in Rheumatology, the journal of the British Society for Rheumatology. As…

Results from the pilot study diet and osteoarthritis.

 The University of Kent have published preliminary results from their pilot study into the efficacy of a Mediterranean type diet on symptoms of osteoarthritis. They showcased an informational poster and delivered a short lecture at the Nutrition Society’s annual conference held in Glasgow in July 2014. The poster is published in Proceedings of the Nutrition…

Arthritis Action

 We now have a new name – “Arthritis Action”. Members voted for this name at the AGM in June this year and it’s now been approved by Companies House and the Charity Commission. Our trustees recommended the change to members because they wanted a name that conveyed that we offer an active programme of help…

Arthritis Action hold successful Self-management event in Exeter

 A third self-management event was held over two days, in Exeter, at the end of August. Twenty people attended, mainly members of Arthritis Action, but also some non-members from the local charity, Age UK Exeter, who had helped promote the event to the wider audience. The purpose of the event was to introduce self-management techniques…

Gout survey paints picture of daily struggle

 A new report entitled Gout Nation 2014 suggests more and more people in the UK are being diagnosed with gout, many of whom are struggling with this painful condition. Gout is the third most common type of arthritis after osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The survey, published just a few days ahead of this year’s World…

Exercises improve rheumatoid hand function

According to health experts, almost 80 per cent of people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have problems with hand function. And now, researchers from the University of Oxford believe they have found a way to improve hand dysfunction both effectively and affordably. A tailored programme of hand exercises, they claim, is a valuable addition to the…

Arthritis Action supports obesity awareness

 If you gained a few pounds or more over the festive season, National Obesity Awareness Week (January 12-18) is a timely reminder of why weight management is so important for your health. Launched in 2014 and organised by the National Obesity Forum,National Obesity Awareness Week features a programme of events, activities and promotions aimed at…

Drug driving law could affect people with arthritis

  If you have arthritis and you take prescription medicines for pain, anxiety or sleep problems, you may be affected by new drug driving rules. The law, which came into force in England and Wales on March 2nd, 2015, is designed to make it easier for the police to prosecute people who drive after taking illegal…

Taking painkillers for treating back pain and osteoarthritis

 In response to the report published today in the BMJ, which suggests that taking paracetamol for treating lower back pain and osteoarthritis of the hip or knee is ineffective and may affect the liver, Shantel Irwin, Chief Executive of Arthritis Action, comments: “We know that when arthritis pain is bad, people with the condition want and…

Taking painkillers for treating back pain and osteoarthritis

 In response to the report published today in the BMJ, which suggests that taking paracetamol for treating lower back pain and osteoarthritis of the hip or knee is ineffective and may affect the liver, Shantel Irwin, Chief Executive of Arthritis Action, comments: “We know that when arthritis pain is bad, people with the condition want and…

Arthritis Action Launch June 18th

 Arthritis Action members will join the staff, trustees and guests from a whole host of organisations to witness the revealing of our new direction, name and look. Arthritis Action’s CEO, Shantel Irwin, will be joined on stage by Chair, Robin Nye and Arthritis Action’s medical advisor, Wendy Holden. Members will also be able to attend…

People with arthritis feel isolated, misunderstood and unable to ask for help

 People with arthritis feel isolated, scared about the future and don’t want to ask family, friends or doctors for help, according to new research commissioned by UK charity, Arthritis Action. Arthritis – Overcoming the Challenges by Spotlight Market Research, surveyed more than 770 people with arthritis. Over half of those interviewed feel they need to…

Arthritis Action’s first Local Support Group

 We hope that you will have already read about Arthritis Action’s vision to set up support groups across the UK in the current newsletter.  We are delighted to let you know that the first local support group will take place in North London at Primrose Hill Community Library, Sharpleshall Street, London, NW1 8YN on July…

Be the first ever Arthritis Action Virgin London Marathon runner

 We are very excited to announce that we have secured a charity place in the Virgin London Marathon 2016.  This iconic road race will take place on 24th April 2016 and we are looking to recruit a runner to take-up our guaranteed place. If you would like to be that runner, you can apply for…

Basingstoke Self Management Event – September 7th and 14th

  We are pleased to announce our next self-management event is to be held in Basingstoke on the 7th & 14th September. Self-management techniques have proved to be an effective way of helping people with arthritis to take a more active role in managing their condition and be in control of their lives. The events offer…

North London Support Group’s 2nd Meeting

 We are delighted to let you know that the first local support group took place in North London on the 20th July and was a great success. As such, we have booked the next meeting to be taking place on 1st September 6-8pm at Primrose Hill Community Association, 29 Hopkinsons Place, Fitzroy Road, London, NW1 8TN.…

Eastbourne’s first Local Support Group Meeting

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new Arthritis Action Local Support Group in Eastbourne. This comes after the continued success of the Local Support Group based in Primrose Hill, North London. This first meeting will take place at Royal Voluntary Service, 24 Hyde Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4SX on Thursday October 1st, 2-4pm.…

Arthritis Action holds successful self-management event in Basingstoke

 Arthritis Action held its fifth self-management event in Basingstoke on the 7th and 14th of September. Sixteen people attended, representing members of Arthritis Action and also a few non-members living with arthritis. The purpose of the event was to introduce self-management techniques to those with arthritis to enable them to take control of their arthritis…

Arthritis Action calls on policymakers to prioritise arthritis

 Around one in seven people in the UK live with arthritis – a condition that can cause pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints. This figure is expected to rise to one in four by 2030[i]. It is the leading cause of pain and disability, costing the NHS £5 billion a year[ii]. One in five…

Arthur’s Place feature Arthritis Action’s dietitian

Arthritis Action’s dietitian, Martin Lau, made a guest appearance on the website of the charity Arthur’s Place. Arthur’s Place is an online magazine and social network specifically aimed at young people with arthritis. Martin answered questions on many topics including healthy eating/nutrition, foods to be avoided and supplements. When confronted with the question, “Is there…

Tai Chi is as effective as physical therapy for knee osteoarthritis

 Tai Chi can help with the symptoms of osteoarthritis – at least as much as standard physical therapy and sometimes more – according to healthcare professionals who presented their research at the Annual American College of Rheumatology Meeting (2015) in San Francisco last month. Osteoarthritis, sometimes known as “wear and tear” arthritis is a condition…

Hand exercises can improve grip strength, function, pain and fatigue in women with hand osteoarthritis

New research led by Ingvild Kjeken, Professor in Occupational Therapy at the University of Oslo, Norway, has shown that hand exercises can significantly help women with the pain of hand osteoarthritis, improve grip strength, hand function and also fatigue. Osteoarthritis is commonly called “wear and tear” of the joints and happens when the cartilage that…

Mindfulness can help ease the pain and distress of arthritis

 Arthritis affects around 10 million people in the UK and as well as causing pain, stiffness and loss of function, can also lead to feelings of isolation, anxiety and depression. Anxiety and depression can significantly affect how well people with arthritis function and what will happen to them in the future. People with osteoarthritis of…

Norwich Self-Management Event

 We are pleased to announce our next self-management event is to be held in Norwich over two days, on the 24th May 2:00pm – 4:30pm and 25th May 10:30am – 1:00pm at Rouen House, Norwich. Self-management techniques have proved to be an effective way of helping people with arthritis to take a more active role in managing their condition and…

Arthritis Action Member Raises £2,934 at London Virgin Money Marathon

 Our warmest congratulations to Arthritis Action Member and our first-ever Marathon runner Tom Jones for competing at the Virgin Money London Marathon on 24th April 2016! Tom completed the race in record time, raising £2,934 in aid of Arthritis Action. This including gift aid, raised the final total to a very impressive £3,549. Tom was…

Bristol Self-Management Event

 We are pleased to announce our next self-management event is to be held in Bristol over two days, on the 27th June 2:00pm – 4:30pm and 28th June 10:30am – 1:00pm at Armada House, Bristol. Self-management techniques have proved to be an effective way of helping people with arthritis to take a more active role in managing their condition and be…

Ferndown Self-Management

 We are pleased to announce our next self-management event is to be held in Ferndown over two days, on the 6th July 2:00pm – 4:30pm and 7th July 10:30am – 1:00pm at Barrington Centre, Ferndown. Self-management techniques have proved to be an effective way of helping people with arthritis to take a more active role in managing their condition and…

London Self-Management

We are pleased to announce our next self-management event is to be held in London over two days, on the 10th October 2:00pm – 4:30pm and17th October 2:30pm – 4:30pm at Rescource for London. Self-management techniques have proved to be an effective way of helping people with arthritis to take a more active role in managing their condition and…