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Vol. 3 / Issue 4

[Arthritis, Rheumatology, and Autoimmune Diseases]
An Online Publication of the Arthritis National Research Foundation

April 2020
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   Zaher Nahle PhD MPA, CEO, ANRF

Overpowering COVID-19

Dear Partner,

The disruptive impact of COVID-19 is palpable across all sectors and in every community. At the same time, formidable efforts are underway to contain the pandemic and curtail its paralyzing effect, with promising trends emerging day after day. In this issue, we share a site focused on COVID-19 resources launched recently by the ANRF team to keep you better informed. We also summarize some drug repurposing efforts directed at combating the virus - all remaining experimental and shared for awareness only. In addition, we include short articles on pain management and respiratory exercises alongside a peek into the nature of clinical trials. In the spotlight section, we profile a body of work in the field of immunity and inflammation by some of our talented ANRF scientists and physicians. Of note, as the world community is coming together for a day of charitable giving next week on May 5th, 2020, we ask that you keep us in mind. We cherish and need your support. This global outbreak underscored the vital role that scientific research plays in addressing complex problems. Such laser-focus on research and discovery has been a defining feature of ANRF. 

LATEST NEWS

ANRF Offers COVID-19 Resources

In an unprecedented time when the world faces a global pandemic, many people have concerns and questions. As a research-focused organization, we are keenly aware of the importance of scientifically sound information backed by data. With that in mind, we have created a resource page that provides reliable sources you can use to have your questions answered and be confident that the information you receive is based in fact.


Drug Repurposing?

Researchers are working tirelessly to develop treatments for COVID-19. Given the time it takes to develop new medications, many groups are looking at existing drugs as potential treatments that will take a shorter time to trial. Read on for a detailed look at some possible treatment options and their current status.

These are only experimental efforts and none of these compounds are validated or sanctioned by health authorities for the treatment of COVID-19.


Dr. Svensson – RA Leads to Loss of our Natural T Cell Protection

Natural Killer T cells are lost in joints as Rheumatoid Arthritis progresses. Dr. Svensson is working to understand why this occurs and how it can be prevented to offer better protection for RA patients.


HAVE YOU HEARD?

Clinical Trials – Safety, Risks and Benefits

As a patient with an autoimmune condition, you may have considered participating in a drug trial. For many patients, this option offers new hope but can also be daunting. In this article, we address issues like participant safety and outline the potential risks and benefits associated with drug trials.


A Spotlight on Chronic Pain Management: Part 1

Pain serves a purpose. In chronic conditions, it often lingers past the point of usefulness. In part one of a new three part series, we explore noninvasive, non-drug pain management. Many of the techniques discussed will be helpful to those with chronic pain while we shelter at home.


Role of Breathing Exercises in Respiratory Illness Treatment

We all know that exercise is key to building and maintaining our muscles and ensuring our overall health. Did you know that exercise can also contribute to lung health? In these uncertain times, we can all benefit from giving our bodies the best chance to fight infection. In this article, we provide simple tips and exercises to improve lung function.


ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT


Latest Annual Report

ANRF's primary purpose is to fund innovative research and foster the career development of brilliant scientific researchers. Many of our scholars are working to develop new treatments for arthritis, lupus, and other autoimmune conditions by examining immune system processes at the cellular level. Take a look at some of the inspiring ideas and exciting developments in the research we fund.


Together We Give

Save the date. A new global day of giving is coming on May 5th

In these times, the importance of medical research is more clear than ever. At ANRF, we do more than fund innovative research. We also help to build the careers of promising scientists who will contribute to a new understanding of autoimmunity and microbiology. 

We know that times are tough for many these days, but we ask for the support of those who can afford it. As May is Arthritis Awareness Month, there is no better time to show your support for scientists tirelessly working towards new treatments and a cure.

Thanks to everyone who is a part of our community. Stay safe and be well.

   

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