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Vol. 4 / Issue 6

An Online Publication of the Arthritis National Research Foundation

June 2021

Emily Boyd Stormoen
Chief Executive Officer

I am delighted to share this edition of the ANRF Chronicle with our esteemed community. In it, we bring you new discoveries about why some people develop Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Lupus. We explore the importance of mental health considerations when selecting a treatment team. We delve into the history and details of Ulcerative Colitis--a painful and often serious autoimmune condition. And, in our ever popular anti-inflammatory recipe series, we celebrate the inflammation busting powers of ginger: a delicious and healthy addition to any homecooked meal. 

As always, I thank you for being a part of our community and wish you joy and health in the coming summer months. 


Emily Boyd Stormoen

CEO, Arthritis National Research Foundation

Study finds the bioactive compound in Ginger reduces autoantibodies and inflammation

Many love the ginger for its distinct flavor but did you know adding this spice to your meals does more than tickle your tastebuds? 


Don’t use it gingerly!

This month’s recipes all celebrate ginger. A perfect addition to breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.

Dr. Jurynec – Increased Genetic Susceptibility to Osteoarthritis

Although OA is not an inherited condition, certain factors that increase one’s risk of developing it are passed on through the generations. ANRF scholar Dr. Jurynec has identified one of the genes that put people at higher risk of developing OA.


One common virus contributes to the development of several autoimmune conditions.

Epstein Barr virus, commonly known for causing mono, has now been found to increase the risk of developing autoimmune conditions like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. 

It takes a Village Part 4 - The Role of a Psychiatrist

In our ongoing series on building an effective treatment team, this month we look at how psychiatrists can help address the often overlooked emotional and mental challenges faced by those with chronic conditions.


Ulcerative colitis

Ulcerative Colitis is an autoimmune disease characterized by immune cells infiltrating the colon causing inflammation and ulcers within the digestive tract. Learn more about the symptoms, diagnostics and treatment of the condition in this article.




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