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Arthritis Today Winter 2016, No 171A older couple cookingWelcome to our winter edition of Arthritis Today. Over the last few weeks our Share Your Everyday campaign has inspired hundreds of people to share their stories about the reality of living with arthritis. By providing a platform for talking openly about the everyday impact of arthritis, we hope to share tips and advice on living with arthritis.

Read on to hear how the experiences you shared with us during our 2015 campaign are now shaping our plans and ensuring we fund the research which could have the biggest impact on your everyday life. We’ve also got news about the latest research and exciting new campaigns and partnerships, as well as practical advice and hints and tips.

We hope you enjoy this edition of Arthritis Today. And don’t forget to share your tips and advice on living with arthritis.

The Arthritis Today editorial team

Big ideas and little changes – our CEO shares renewed ambition to change lives today and tomorrow

Liam O'Toole, CEO of Arthritis Research UK

We asked our Chief Executive Officer Dr Liam O’Toole to share how little changes to our approach will help everybody live fuller lives with arthritis today and without it tomorrow.

Three doctors looking at a chart

Investing in research to understand more about chronic pain

Uncovering new ideas and investing in breakthrough treatments is at the heart of what we do. But we don't just rely on our researchers to come up with groundbreaking ideas - you play a part too.

Charles Robinson wearing a hard hat and high-vis jacket

Get behind our campaign to close the "arthritis work gap"

Find out more about our Work matters to me campaign so people with arthritis who want to work are given the opportunity to find and remain in work.

A man wearing a a coat blowing on his hands in cold weather

"Cloudy" research suggests rainfall and sunshine may affect chronic pain

Could the weather affect your pain levels? Early findings from the Cloudy with a Chance of Pain study suggest so.

Nora stretching using an exercise band

Making small changes has helped Nora feel in control

Nora was struggling to cope with the pain of osteoarthritis. But making small changes like incorporating exercise into her day and pacing herself have helped her to feel in control.

A gloved hand holding a petri dish containing caterpillar fungus

Could the answer to tackling the pain of osteoarthritis be hiding in caterpillar fungus?

Scientists at The University of Nottingham are investigating if the compound cordycepin, found in parasitic fungi living on caterpillars, could be used as a painkiller for osteoarthritis.

Spark Awards - turning bright ideas into products that encourage an active lifestyle

Design awards spark bright ideas to help people with arthritis

Got an idea that could help people with arthritis? We’ve teamed up with the Design Council to fund aspiring inventors.

Q and A

Dr Tom Margham

Dr Tom Margham answers your questions about arthritis.

Hints and tips

Hand holding a mug in cold weather

Read our top tips for the winter period on living well with arthritis in the cold weather and baking and arthritis.

For more information, go to or call 0300 790 0400 to order the complete printed booklet.
Arthritis Research UK fund research into the cause, treatment and cure of arthritis. You can support Arthritis Research UK by volunteering, donating or visiting our shops.