Arthritis News - Members' Updates

This is where we post the latest Musculoskeletal and Arthritis news provided by ARMA's member bodies, including reports on policy meetings, healthcare best practice, disease research, fundraising events, patient studies and much more related to musculoskeletal disorders and arthritis. News items posted here are also distrubuted to our subscribers via our ARMA newsletter. If you are interested in receiving updates via email, sign up here.

Guest Blog – Chief Cooks and Bottle Washers?

by Jann Landles, Hon Secretary, Vasculitis UK In the European Union, a disease is defined as rare when it affects less than 1 in 2000 people. The European Commission defines rare diseases as ‘life-threatening or chronically debilitating diseases which are …Read More

Guest blog – The Ice Bucket Challenge

by Chloe Kastoryano, Project Coordinator, Scleroderma Society Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) – a condition very few of us had heard of until recently – is suddenly widely known throughout the world. The ice bucket craze that started in America has swept …Read More

Guest Blog – Collaboration and Genuine Innovation

by Maurice Cheng, Chief Executive of The Institute of Osteopathy I’m sitting here on a Sunday morning writing this blog post, having missed the deadline, wondering what I could reflect on that would be interesting for ARMA colleagues. The reason …Read More

Guest Blog – On being a bit short for your weight

by Judi Rhys, Chief Executive of Arthritis Care I recently attended a plenary session at the European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology Congress. The presentations were concerned with the ‘global musculoskeletal challenge’ and the ‘imminent avalanche of …Read More

Guest Blog – Early diagnosis leads to a better prognosis

by Chris Maker, Director of LUPUS UK One of the biggest problems for people who have lupus is obtaining a diagnosis. During 2009 LUPUS UK posted a survey questionnaire to all 5,700 members asking them to provide information about how …Read More

Guest Blog – Uniting our voice locally

by Sue Browning, Deputy CEO, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy The scale of the challenge presented by how we are going to pay for care in the future is daunting. Adults with long-term and multiple conditions and disabilities are living longer, …Read More

Guest Blog – How Much Person-Centred Healthcare?

by Nick Pahl, CEO of the British Acupuncture Council 2014 is the centenary of the start of the First World War. Certainly I don’t want to suffer what happened to Asquith the then Prime Minister. Allegedly, he used to spend …Read More

Guest Blog – Can we please talk about early diagnosis?

By Ailsa Bosworth, CEO of the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society In November 2011 the then Minister for Long Term Conditions, Paul Burstow MP, commissioned health officials to conduct a scoping exercise into early diagnosis across the health service to understand …Read More