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Arthritis Today Winter 2017 Issue 174Lauging mature ladies sat on a park bench in the winter sunshineWelcome to the winter edition of Arthritis Today. Firstly, we wanted to say a big thank you to all our readers for supporting The Nation’s Joint Problem campaign over the last three months. You’ve helped us to get hundreds of thousands of people all over the UK talking about arthritis and its impact.

As well as helping people with arthritis live life to the full today, we’re always looking to the future. So, in this edition we're reporting on exciting, cutting-edge advances in orthotics and implants which could be used delay or even prevent osteoarthritis and on research exploring how smartphone technology could help you to manage your symptoms and get more personalised treatment. We’ve also got news about how we’re joining together with Arthritis Care to do even more for people with arthritis, high profile collaborations and campaigning, answers to your questions and practical hints and tips. Read more about

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

3D-printed implants and scaffold technology – how bioengineering innovation could treat and prevent osteoarthritis

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Arthritis can be a barrier to working, which is why we're funding research to help people with arthritis find or stay in work, inspire changes in the workplace and influence and inform policy-makers and employers.

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Can symptom tracking apps help people manage their arthritis?

With smartphones now an integral part of our lives, two pilot studies have worked closely with people with inflammatory arthritis to design, develop and test apps to help with symptom monitoring.

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We’ve joined forces with Arthritis Care to do more for people with arthritis

At Arthritis Research UK we’re always looking for new and exciting ways to do more to help people with arthritis live full and active lives. That’s why we've joined forces with Arthritis Care.

Juliette Wills

Juliette and Kirran explain what working on our campaign has meant to them

Juliette and Kirran, who helped to shape The Nation’s Joint Problem campaign content, share their experiences of being part of our groundbreaking push to change attitudes to arthritis.

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Innovative design tackles everyday challenges

When you’re dealing with the big problems of living with arthritis, the last thing you need is lots more smaller problems that can make life even more difficult. We’ve teamed up with the Design Council to find and fund the best and brightest design ideas hoping to make everyday life better for people with arthritis.

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New report says PIP process 'not fit for purpose'

The problems experienced by many people with arthritis when trying to access Personal Independence Payments (PIP) are highlighted in Supporting Those Who Need It Most?, a hard-hitting report from the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC).

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Top arthritis and cancer scientists work together on ideas which could lead to new treatments

A collaboration between Arthritis Research UK and Cancer Research UK is bringing together leading research scientists to share expertise and explore ideas which could lead to exciting new treatments for both diseases.

Your questions answered

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

Hints and tips

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Read our top tips from people with arthritis, including new tips on finding comfortable shoes, getting a good night's sleep and keeping active.


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