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May 2018

Matt Iseman Gets a Grip on Arthritis
Matt Iseman – who was crowned “The New Celebrity Apprentice” last year, raising nearly $1 million for the Arthritis Foundation – has encouraging words for people with arthritis. In a fun and informative interview, the host of “American Ninja Warrior,” the most active show on the planet, now in its 10th season, talks about his RA and how it’s possible to lead a full life despite the disease.  Share your own story.
Prescription Rebates to Lower Health Care Costs
At least 10 million Americans stand to benefit from point of sale prescription drug rebates starting next year. Are you one of them? With prescription medications comprising 10 percent of overall health care expenses, the Arthritis Foundation supports programs like this that lower out-of-pocket costs.
Red Flags to Help Dodge a Misdiagnosis
Misdiagnosis occurs in up to 20 percent of all medical cases, including arthritis. Sometimes, overlapping diseases stump doctors. See what one patient whose RA went undiagnosed for 20 years recommends – and read about red flags to watch for.
Summer Sun Protection Tips
Staying in the shade is best practice for certain types of arthritis and when taking sun-sensitive medications. But when you can’t avoid the rays, don’t forget to use an effective sunscreen. Read what to look for on sunscreen labels.
You Said It
A Positive Impact
“The Arthritis Foundation has had a tremendous impact on our lives. We are blessed with a wonderful local chapter. They may be small, but they support us at all costs. We volunteer every chance we get and are so grateful for the staff who support us.”

-Amy McCormick, Hauppauge, New York

More Arthritis News
Closing the Rheumatologist Gap

To help reverse the severe shortage of rheumatologists in this country, the Arthritis Foundation recently awarded $750,000 in fellowships to five universities in underserved areas. Watch a short video about how we’re working to close the gap.

Arthritis-Friendly Gardening
Looking for arthritis-friendly gardening tools? The Arthritis Foundation has bestowed our Ease of Use Commendation on 13 tools that can help make tending to your plants easier on the joints. Read more at AARP.
Start or Join a Local Support Group

More than 50 communities nationwide have joined the Arthritis Support Network and the number keeps growing. Read about a woman who stepped up to the plate to lead a new group in Buffalo – and consider setting one up in your area.

What to Know About GMOs

Are safety concerns about genetically modified organisms in foods overblown? While opinions vary, the USDA has until this July to create tougher GMO labeling requirements than the current practice. Learn more about GMOs.

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