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Arthritis Today Spring 2018 Issue 175An older couple walking along the sea frontWelcome to the spring edition of Arthritis Today. Since Arthritis Research UK and Arthritis Care joined together last year we’ve been doing even more to support people with arthritis to live full and active lives, through our services, care, support, research and campaigns. So, we have lots to update you on in this issue.

We’re reporting on the scientists working to understand how the body clock is linked to arthritis and research exploring if an arthritis-friendly walking programme from the US could work here in the UK. We’re also looking behind the headlines, to find out if too many people with arthritis are having to wait too long for the treatment they need. We’ve got news about our information and advice services, an alternative treatment to prevent knee osteoarthritis and the Access to Work scheme, as well as real life stories, answers to your questions and practical hints and tips.

We hope you enjoy this edition of Arthritis Today.
The Arthritis Today editorial team


Does our body clock hold the key to developing new treatments for arthritis?

An alarm clock in front of a sleeping woman

Most of us will have felt the temporary effects of a disrupted body clock, but scientists now recognise the importance of our biological clocks to lifelong health and well-being.

A group of people taking part in the Walking with Ease study

Can community walking programmes help people with arthritis to Walk with Ease?

When you're dealing with pain and fatigue, keeping active can feel like a real challenge. That’s why researchers are exploring the benefits of a community walking programme designed for people with arthritis.

An older lady wearing a headset in a call centre

Whatever the question, we’ll help you find the answer

We've been working on a new range of information and advice services to help you get essential information about managing your arthritis.

An older woman sat next to a younger woman on a sofa looking at paperwork

Are too many people with arthritis having to wait for surgery?

As the growing pressures on NHS resources hit the headlines again this winter, are more and more people with arthritis having to wait too long for the treatment they need?

An older man wearing a hard hat on a building site

Giving people with arthritis 'Access to Work'

We know finding and staying in work can be a challenge for people with arthritis, so we’re campaigning for increased investment in these services and for changes to be made to ensure they work for everyone who needs them.

A knee being bandaged after surgery

New NHS funding for alternative treatment could prevent knee osteoarthritis

An innovative treatment for repairing damaged knee cartilage using cell transplantation, commonly known as ACI, will now be funded by the NHS.

Your questions answered

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Dr Tom Margham and Dr Philip Helliwell answer your questions about arthritis.

Hints and tips

A man lying on his side asleep in bed

Read our top tips from people with arthritis, including new tips on getting a good night's sleep.

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