Arthritis Foundation
Resources about arthritis and related conditions, including disease descriptions and treatments, news, advocacy, research, and other resources.

The Arthritis Society

Current, practical information about arthritis. Includes types of arthritis, pain management, exercise tips, programs and resources, research news, a database of questions and answers, and a dictionary. From "Canada's only not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing and promoting arthritis education, community support and research-based solutions."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)

The mission of NIAMS "is to support research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases, the training of basic and clinical scientists ... and the dissemination of information." The site provides information about diseases such as arthritis, autoimmune diseases, gout, and osteoporosis as well as information about training programs, patient research registries, news, and links to related sites. Searchable. Available in English and Spanish.

What Is Rosacea? Fast Facts

Answers basic questions about the chronic skin (and sometimes eye) disease "characterized by redness, pimples and, in advanced stages, thickened skin" and summarizes current research. Includes links to further sources of information. From the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS).

Questions and Answers About Epidermolysis Bullosa

Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) "is a group of blistering skin conditions. The skin is so fragile in people with EB that even minor rubbing may cause blistering. ... In severe EB, blisters are not confined to the outer skin. They may develop inside the body." Includes information about causes, diagnosis, symptoms, treatment, and genetic testing for EB, and links to related sites. From the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

American College of Rheumatology: Patient Education

"Information for patients about 22 rheumatic diseases [arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles and bones], about the caregivers who treat patients with arthritis, and about several common medications used to treat rheumatic diseases." Diseases discussed include fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, and bursitis. Also includes material about herbal and natural remedies, the immune system, and clinical trials.


Information about osteoarthritis, "one of the oldest and most common types of arthritis ... characterized by the breakdown of the joint's cartilage." Find news, diagnoses, treatments, alternative treatments, specific conditions, disease management, representative research articles, and more. From the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT): Bibliographies

Several bibliographies on topics related to yoga and health conditions: addiction, AIDS, arthritis, asthma, back pain, cancer, depression, diabetes, heart disease, pain management, and the psychophysiological effects of yoga. Other bibliographies are available for a fee. From the International Association of Yoga Therapists, which provides an "interface between yoga and medicine."

Gardening & Health

Collection of fact sheets on gardening health and safety topics, such as plant allergies, power tool safety, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, heat stress, sunburn and skin cancer, and protecting your hands, feet, knees, and back. From the Virginia Cooperative Extension.

National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF)

"The National Psoriasis Foundation is a patient-driven nonprofit organization that is the voice for the [millions of] people affected by psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis." The site features an overview of psoriasis ("a noncontagious, lifelong skin disease"), and information on treatment, advocacy, and research. Also features statistics, educational publications, resources for medical providers, and links to related resources.

Up-to-Date Patient Information

This site provides "articles for patients and their family members who seek current, reliable information on a variety of medical conditions and topics." Browsable by topic (such as arthritis and cancer) or by name of condition. Information is written by physicians and "reviewed by multiple experts for accuracy." Searchable. From a "clinical information resource that is used by physicians and major medical institutions throughout the world."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:

Your Orthopedic Connection

This site provides patient information about "the medical specialty devoted to the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of injuries and diseases of your body's musculoskeletal system." Features articles about general bone and joint health (such as how to sit at a computer, how to use crutches, and exercise) and material about specific conditions, such as joint replacement, arthritis, and osteoporosis. In English and Spanish. From the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA): Information for Consumers

Consumer educational materials about the role of physical therapists, "health care professionals who diagnose and treat people of all ages who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives." Includes tips for choosing a physical therapist, a database of physical therapists, articles (on topics such as arthritis, back care, and fitness), and more. APTA is a professional organization for physical therapists.

Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs

Collection of reports that evaluate prescription medicines used for common conditions such as high cholesterol, arthritis, and heartburn. The reports look at efficacy, safety, and price to recommend the best medicines. Reports also provide a general overview of the drugs and cost comparisons of the generic and brand-name drugs. From Consumer Reports with research input from Oregon Health and Science University.

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