This post is sponsored by Celgene.
Up to 30% of the 7.5 million Americans living with psoriasis have psoriatic arthritis.1,2 This chronic condition is characterized by pain, stiffness, and swelling and tenderness of the joints, but it can also cause tenderness, pain, and swelling of tendons.3 While the exact cause of psoriatic arthritis is unclear, many people with the condition have a family history; physical trauma or infection may trigger it, as well.4
Symptoms of psoriatic arthritis usually appear between the ages of 30 and 50 but may be confused with symptoms of other conditions.5,6 Although psoriatic arthritis affects over 1 million people in the United States, it is believed that many more people live with the condition, undiagnosed.7,8
Celgene, the maker of Otezla® (apremilast), has introduced the “pSAY YES!” program, a patient-focused initiative to help those with psoriatic arthritis address the day-to-day impact of this chronic condition. The program will help patients “pSAY YES” to a different approach to disease management, including treatment.
Last year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Otezla, the first and only oral therapy approved for the treatment of adults with active psoriatic arthritis.
Teresa D., 59, knows all too well the impact psoriatic arthritis can have on family life. A grandmother to young children, she was accustomed to being active and getting down on the floor to play with her grandchildren. But maintaining that level of physical activity became impossible when her psoriatic arthritis symptoms flared. Teresa worked with her healthcare provider and together they agreed on a treatment plan. She began taking Otezla shortly after its approval. These days, she’s able to play with the little ones.
People who are allergic to any of its components should not take Otezla. Otezla is associated with serious side effects like depression, weight decrease, and interacting with other medicines that can make Otezla less effective. Common side effects of Otezla are diarrhea, nausea, and headache. Please see Approved Use and Important Safety Information for Otezla below.
The pSAY YES! program sheds light on the physical and emotional impact of the disease by featuring the perspectives of patients like Teresa discussing how the disease has impacted important areas of their lives, including work, hobbies, and relationships. The initiative also features tips from patients, a leading rheumatologist, and a respected life coach on chronic illnesses, Rosalind Joffe.
Visit pSAYYes.com for tips and information from experts and other psoriatic arthritis patients about ways to help manage living with your disease.
For more information and resources about psoriatic arthritis, visit the Arthritis Foundation at arthritis.org and the National Psoriasis Foundation at psoriasis.org.
Otezla® (apremilast) is a prescription medicine approved for the treatment of adult patients with active psoriatic arthritis.
You must not take Otezla if you are allergic to apremilast or to any of the ingredients in Otezla.
Otezla is associated with an increase in adverse reactions of depression. In clinical studies, some patients reported depression, suicidal thoughts, and suicidal behavior while taking Otezla. Some patients stopped taking Otezla due to depression. Before starting Otezla, tell your doctor if you have had feelings of depression, suicidal thoughts, or suicidal behavior. Be sure to tell your doctor if any of these symptoms or other mood changes develop or worsen during treatment with Otezla.
Some patients taking Otezla lost body weight. Your doctor should monitor your weight regularly. If unexplained or significant weight loss occurs, your doctor will decide if you should continue taking Otezla.
Some medicines may make Otezla less effective, and should not be taken with Otezla. Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines.
Side effects of Otezla were diarrhea, headache, and nausea.
These are not all the possible side effects with Otezla. Ask your doctor about other potential side effects. Tell your doctor about any side effect that bothers you or does not go away.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or planning to breastfeed. Otezla has not been studied in pregnant women or in women who are breastfeeding.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-332-1088.
Please click here for Full Prescribing Information.
1. National Psoriasis Foundation. About Psoriatic Arthritis. psoriasis.org/about-psoriatic-arthritis. Accessed January 23, 2015.
2. National Psoriasis Foundation. Psoriasis. psoriasis.org/psoriasis. Accessed January 30, 2015.
3. National Psoriasis Foundation. Diagnosing Psoriatic Arthritis. psoriasis.org/psoriatic-arthritis/diagnosis. Accessed January 23, 2015.
4. Mayo Clinic. Psoriatic Arthritis: Causes. mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/psoriatic-arthritis/basics/causes/con-20015006. Accessed January 21, 2015.
5. National Psoriasis Foundation. Psoriatic Arthritis. psoriasis.org/psoriatic-arthritis. Accessed January 28, 2015.
6. National Psoriasis Foundation. Tests to Confirm the Diagnosis. psoriasis.org/psoriatic-arthritis/diagnosis/tests-to-confirm. Accessed January 28, 2015.
7. National Psoriasis Foundation. National Psoriasis Foundation Prioritizes Psoriatic Arthritis With New Program. psoriasis.org/news/2014/06/26/national-psoriasis-foundation-prioritizes-psoriatic-arthritis-with-new-program. Accessed February 10, 2015.
8. National Psoriasis Foundation. 2011 Survey Panel Snapshot. psoriasis.org/document.doc?id=1782. January 23, 2015.
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When she was 50 years old, Rosie O’Donnell left a medical appointment with her wife, who was undergoing treatment for cancer. As they left the hospital, the two of them helped lift a morbidly obese woman who’d become stuck in her car. Upon returning home with her wife, Rosie felt “as though a bear had grabbed both of my arms and ripped out the muscle.”
They hurt, but the pain wasn’t radiating into her chest,
neck, or jaw.
Rosie actually visited her therapist at first, thinking she was having a physical reaction to the emotional distress of helping the overweight woman. She’d identified with the woman because, as she says in “A Heartfelt Stand Up,” which aired on HBO in February, “I understand the shame of being overweight in America.” Rosie is not alone, since obesity is one of the top issues facing America. Her therapist sent her home, thinking that Rosie was having a panic attack. Instead, she was having a heart attack, and it almost killed her.
40% of those over 40 feel uncomfortable driving at night. Are you one of them?
Driving at night, especially when it’s raining, can be particularly hazardous for drivers over 40 with vision problems. Changes to our eyes occur gradually, over many years, and we may not even notice them until the cumulative effect kicks in and our vision isn’t what it used to be.
As we age, our pupils shrink and don’t dilate as much in the dark, which reduces the amount of light entering our eyes. This can even make it seem as if we’re wearing dark sunglasses at night.
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I noticed, a couple of years ago, that I couldn’t understand some of the words people said to me on the phone, when I’d be interviewing them for an article, or on a sales call.
The volume of their voices was perfectly fine. and I’d got the gist of the conversations, but often a number of key words sounded jumbled. I’d brush it off, attributing it to the cell phone connection or the fact that they were talking too fast or mumbling. But even when I played the tape back, I couldn’t make out the same words, no matter how many times I replayed the sentence.
A Short, But Crucial,
Lesson In Hearing
While you’re probably determined to keep everything from your bones to your heart healthy…
…chances are you’re not doing enough to ensure that your eyes stay strong. Since they’re pretty valuable assets, it pays to follow these seven valuable tips and keep your sight sharp.
1. Watch what you’re eating
The saying “you are what you eat” applies to your eyes, too! Nutrients including vitamins A, C & E, omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, and zeaxanthin can help support overall eye health and reduce your risk for being inflicted with eye-related diseases, such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Make sure your diet is rich in:
David and I went to our friends’ house last weekend, to watch The Grand Budapest Hotel before the Oscar Awards on February 22.
We haven’t watched a movie together with this couple in ages, and we thought the four of us would share a lovely evening. But unless they change their ways, it doesn’t look like we’re going to watch another movie with them anytime soon. Throughout the movie, both of them were taking turns asking what someone in the film said.
It went something like this:
Whether you’re 45 or 75, you could very well be part of the growing segment of the population that’s experiencing listening difficulty in certain situations.
Over 45% of US adults online struggle communicating in one or more listening situations, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. And that doesn’t mean they all need hearing aids, but it does mean that they might have a hard time hearing their dinner companions in a noisy restaurant, the dialog in their favorite TV show, or their partners while strolling in the park on a lovely spring day.
Listen to this short tape of Geri, FOFounder, talking to her friends
at a noisy restaurant. Then answer the five questions about
what she said, to help determine how well you hear.
This post is sponsored by EyePromise.
Why YOU probably feel uncomfortable driving at night
Many of us would prefer not to drive at night because our vision just isn’t what it used to be. Changes to our eyes occur gradually, over many years, and we may not even notice them until the cumulative effect kicks in and our vision isn’t what it used to be.
Driving at night, especially when it’s raining,
can be particularly hazardous when drivers
over 40 have vision problems.