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Arthritis Today - the magazine reporting research, treatment and educationGroup of womenWelcome to our summer edition of Arthritis Today. In a recent survey we asked people with arthritis what you thought were the most important factors enabling you to live well.

You told us you wanted to take control and actively manage your pain, whether through exercise, diet, working and volunteering or exploring a wider range of treatments and therapies. Most importantly, you told us living well meant continuing to do all the things you most enjoy in life.

So this edition looks at the latest research we’re funding to boost the quality of life of people with arthritis. And, in response to your feedback about what you want to read in Arthritis Today, we’ve also included real life stories from people with arthritis who’ve found their own way of living well, your hints and tips on popular summer activities and lots of practical advice from our experts to help you live well right now.

We hope you enjoy this edition of Arthritis Today.

The Arthritis Today editorial team

New research finds both acupuncture and Alexander Technique lessons can relieve chronic neck pain

Alexander technique in practice

Finding treatment that works best for you is essential to living well with arthritis. We're exploring different ways of controlling pain and improving quality of life.

Women walking

Three steps you can take today to live well with arthritis

We asked Professor Janet Lord, an expert in living well as we grow older, to share what action she’d advise people with arthritis to take to manage their symptoms and live well.

Woman trying to sleep

Opening our eyes to the links between sleep and living well

Disrupted sleep is a common symptom of arthritis. Researchers are investigating the sleep patterns of people with rheumatoid arthritis and the impact poor sleep has on their daily lives.

Charles Robinson

Charles’s story: "Swimming keeps me moving, even on bad days"

Charles has lived with osteoarthritis for most of his adult life, but his positive approach and passion for swimming have helped him to keep doing what he loves.

Researcher in a lab

Could our gut bacteria hold the key to new treatments for inflammatory arthritis?

Groundbreaking studies are investigating crucial differences between the microbiome found in people with psoriatic arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis and people without these conditions.

Dr Karen Walker-Bone

Meet our experts – Dr Karen Walker-Bone

Dr Karen Walker-Bone is the director of the Arthritis Research UK–MRC Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work. We asked her to tell us about helping people with arthritis to get the most out of working life.

Q and A

Dr Tom Margham

Dr Tom Margham answers your questions about arthritis.

Hints and tips

Man gardening

Read our latest tips from people with arthritis on two of your favourite summer hobbies – walking and gardening.

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