THE ARTHRITIS SOCIETY

THE ARTHRITIS SOCIETY

August 18, 2005 08:35 ET

September is Arthritis Awareness Month

Arthritis is not just about getting old. In fact, arthritis is a debilitating disease that affects more than four million Canadians, including baby-boomers and children. Attention: Health/Medical Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 18, 2005) - September is a great time to cover arthritis issues and help raise awareness about this chronic disease. There are more than 100 forms of arthritis and many stories to tell.

Contact us if you are looking for story ideas. We can connect you with:

• people living with arthritis;
• the health care specialists who care for them; and
• the researchers searching for better treatments.

They can tell you first-hand about the impact that arthritis has had on their lives, the health care system and the economy.

Here are the highlights of what The Arthritis Society is doing for Arthritis Awareness Month:

• Releasing the results of our first Checkup on Arthritis-a national analysis comparing arthritis care and treatment between provinces. Do federal and provincial governments identify arthritis as a priority? Do citizens have access to arthritis-related drugs and to joint replacement surgery? Are there enough doctors and specialists to meet the needs of people with arthritis?

• Announcing $5.3 million in arthritis research and career development funding

• Launching new educational booklets about sexuality and arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and a book for parents of children with arthritis called "You, Your Child and Arthritis"

• Releasing updated booklets about osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

• Adding new features to our website-downloadable checklists of questions for people with arthritis to ask their doctor, and a survey to help people decide if cox-2 medications are right for them.

For more information on what is happening during Arthritis Awareness Month in your area, please call 1-800-321-1433 to reach your provincial Arthritis Society office, or visit our website at www.arthritis.ca.

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For more information contact:

Vicky Henderson, National Communications Director
416.979.7228 ext. 353 or vhenderson@arthritis.ca

Or

Lisa Pridmore, National Communications Coordinator
819.561.5799 or lpridmore@arthritis.ca

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Contact Information

  • Vicky Henderson, Director of national communications and public relations, The Arthritis Society
    Primary Phone: 416-979-3353 ext. 353
    E-mail: vhenderson@arthritis.ca