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Arthritis Today Summer 2017 Issue 173Welcome to our summer edition of Arthritis Today.

We’re launching our campaign, Arthritis: The Nation’s Joint Problem, to highlight the huge and hidden impact of arthritis on people and our society. Responding to what you’ve told us – that arthritis is misunderstood, underestimated and ignored – we’re taking action to challenge this lack of understanding, on behalf of the 10 million people in the UK with arthritis. So please look out for the campaign adverts, share them and talk about them with your friends and family.

We hope you enjoy this edition of Arthritis Today.

The Arthritis Today editorial team

The nation’s joint problem – our CEO explains urgent need for new campaign

A man holding his son in a park

Arthritis impacts all our lives but is rarely represented in the media. That’s set to change with the launch of our new campaign to highlight the true hidden impact of arthritis.

A man and a woman in an office looking at a computer screen

The true impact of arthritis

We've gathered evidence to reveal the extent of the hidden impact of arthritis. Here are some of the findings.

Anne Kearl in a country lane

Anne's story – Let’s be honest about the hidden impact of arthritis

Chronic pain affects every aspect of Anne Kearl's life, but this impact is often hidden and rarely understood by others. This is something Anne believes needs to change.

A researcher in a lab inspecting a petri dish

Preventing the pain of osteoarthritis – do molecules and proteins hold the answers?

Fifty-seven percent of people with arthritis experience pain every day. We’re focusing on two studies dedicated to understanding more about pain in the hope of developing breakthrough treatments for osteoarthritis.

An older lady looking out of a window at the rain

New research shines spotlight on mental health and arthritis

We've forged a new partnership with MQ: Transforming Mental Health to support vital research into mental health issues associated with arthritis.

A smiling man holding a clipboard in a shop

Can we really work for longer? Study asks how feasible a higher retirement age is for people with arthritis

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.

Your questions answered

Young family on a sofa relaxing

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

Hints and tips

Two women in sportswear walking up a hill

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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