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Issue 36 May 2018

Not just a disease of the elderly

Surrey resident Trish Silvester-Lee, a former ski racer and badminton player, has always loved being active. But when she was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in her 30s, Silvester-Lee had to redefine herself.

“It was hard to be told that I had what I thought was an old person’s disease. The person I was as an athlete was a different person than I am now. She was highly driven and competitive. It’s very different to exercise as a person with a chronic disease.”

I say yes  

to participating because I want to support other people with arthritis. The only way we can move forward with this disease is through research.
– Trish Silvester-Lee, Surrey

Opportunity to Participate in Research

Can a drug improve cognitive function in patients with bipolar disorder?

This study is recruiting participants with bipolar disorder to assess the cognitive effects of lurasidone.

Can blood pressure medications slow progression of Alzheimer’s disease (AD)?

This study is recruiting participants with a diagnosis of probable or possible AD who have mild to moderate hypertension to determine if different blood pressure medications have the added benefit of slowing the progression of AD.

Can we establish a biomarker for multiple sclerosis (MS) progression?

This study is recruiting healthy volunteers as well as individuals with MS to establish a biomarker for disease progression.

Find a Research Study

Tips for managing arthritis

by the Mary Pack Arthritis Program
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Track symptoms.
A diary or tracking app is a useful tool to understand how your arthritis is affecting you. It can help you set goals and see how activities might be affecting pain or fatigue and if changes are helping.
Focus on diet.
Good nutrition, physical activity and weight management can help you manage your arthritis and overall health. If overweight, even a small weight loss can help reduce joint pain and inflammation.
Rest purposefully.
High levels of fatigue are common for people with arthritis. However, resting before you get tired and balancing rest with activity will help manage fatigue.

Upcoming Events

No one should have no one: Tackling loneliness together

From social isolation to inclusion—this lecture will consider what we know about loneliness and how to challenge it in our communities. Learn more.

Date May 16, 2018
Location Room 1400, SFU Vancouver – Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Her health dialogue: Giving voice to women’s silent issues

Join health experts for a free evening talk on women’s reproductive and sexual health issues. This is an opportunity to learn about endometriosis, HPV-related diseases and women’s sexual health and to engage in a lively Q & A with researchers. Learn more.

Date June 25, 2018
Location Vancity Theatre, Vancouver International Film Centre
1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
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