JOIN and get access to the Video Library and Literature Central which more than doubles the size of the public website. In addition, you will get access to a members only Forum where you can exchange your thoughts and experiences with other members.
New Drug Trial
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) primarily affects the joints, other organs can become affected over time. Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is caused by over-activation of the immune system in RA. This trial is about a new drug to control ILD. Volunteers with RA are needed so if you are interested go here.
In a 2013 systematic review about the associations between dietary patterns andinflammation, the dietary patterns associated with inflammation were almost all meat-based or so-called Western diet patterns. In contrast, vegetable- and fruit-based, or “healthy,” patterns tended to be inversely associated with inflammation. In general, the more plant-based, the less inflammation. Refer to our video library for ways to develop a low inflammation diet under “nutrition”.
RA and Your Lungs
Some surprising comments under this topic in the Member's Forum. People with RA need to look after their lungs. Log in and select Forum then Co-morbidities.
My Health Record
The Australian Government has built a national patient health record which is an online summary of your health data. There is lots of controversy about this and people can opt out over the next three months. Dragon Claw has developed a humorous view on this subject. Once registered go to the Video Library, select Things You Can Do Now, scroll down to the bottom and select Get The Information.
New Content Added
About four major content addition occur each month. Under Carer Central we have added a section about being a carer with a child who has JIA. Under Quick Reads an opinion piece has been added dealing with 'remission' and what this actually means for you. These two examples are available only to registered members. Another four content items have been uploaded recently.
Pain Research Centre
“At the end of the day, lower back pain is more than just a pain in the back for so many Australians. Six million Australians have impacts on their quality of life, on their ability to work, and of course chronic pain can contribute to mental health impacts.” Hon Greg Hunt, Minister for Health
For the first time Australia will have a research centre dedicated to arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions. Back pain alone accounts for more than 40 percent of forced early retirements in Australia and is associated with poor quality of life, lower income and mental health issues. Low back pain is the leading cause of disability globally.
The NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence for the Australia and New Zealand Musculoskeletal (ANZMUSC) Clinical Trials Network, based at the Cabrini Institute at Monash University in Melbourne, will advance research and will enable clinicians, researchers and consumers to work together to deliver better treatments and outcomes for people with musculoskeletal conditions. The centre will collaborate with 23 universities, 21 hospitals and 10 research institutes. It will work closely with consumers and consumer organisations to shape its research agenda, and with policy makers to ensure that discoveries are rapidly translated into improved care.You can access the ANZMUSC here
Dragon Whispers and Conversations
A new menu item has been added under Here To Help. Have a look and enjoy.
The Manifesto Of The Patient Revolution
The Patient Revolution is, at its heart, a movement based on stories. This website and publication tries to arm people to tell stories; stories about their lives, stories about their capabilities and limitations, and stories about what risks, benefits and trade-offs look like from their point of view. In a series of brief and personal essays, Why We Revolt describes what is wrong with industrial healthcare, how it has corrupted its mission, and how it has stopped caring. Dragon Claw is about patient centricity and self help so we thought this publication may be of interest to some members and visitors. You can Subscribe here
The Dragon Invited to be Part of A3BC
Despite major medical advances in treatment, not all people respond, many develop significant side effects, and there remain no cure or prevention for arthritis and musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions. The Australian Arthritis and Autoimmune Collaborative (A3BC) was formed in 2016 by leading Rheumatology clinicians and scientists from over 40 sites across Australia to enable world-class translational research. The A3BC vision is to give the right treatment at the right time for the best possible outcomes in children and adults with arthritis/MSK conditions across their lifespan and, ultimately, to find a cure.
We are very proud to be part of this initiative and as things develop will keep members informed.
Don't miss our extensive video collection under the main menu - Video Library. The content covers everything from gut bugs to hand exercises. New videos are added monthly.
ARAD is a national Australian database which collects important health information from individuals with inflammatory arthritis. If you would like to participate in the survey Go Here and look for ARAD bottom left.
OMERACT - Outcome Measures in Rheumatology - will be holding it world conference in Terrigal, NSW in 2018.
Want to learn about your condition but can't read scientific articles? No problem. Dragon Claw provides short simple summaries of some of the best and makes them available just for you the Member under the sub-menu item Quick Reads, once you have registered.
As you move through the site and its many sections you will notice unusual art works, usually at the top of each main section. More will be added as time goes by. These images are street art from Sydney, Australia. We are using these images (with permission) to make the site distinctive and memorable. We particularly wanted to move away from clinical images and happy smiling faces which are so routine these days. Hope you like the images.