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Join PSN in the Walk to Cure Arthritis, April 26

Did you know that arthritis is the #1 cause of disability in the United States, affecting more than 50 million people? Our friends at The Arthritis Foundation are committed to finding a cure for the millions of people who suffer from arthritis pain, including 300,000 children and their families.

Premier Specialty Network is enthusiastic to be one of the local sponsors at this year’s Walk to Cure Arthritis – Southern Illinois on Friday, April 26th! The Walk to Cure Arthritis is the Arthritis Foundation’s annual fundraising 5K event that rallies communities together and raises funds to conquer arthritis for good! Whether you have a family member or loved one who suffers from arthritis or are simply looking for a fun charity event, the Walk to Cure Arthritis is a great way to get moving in support of a worthy cause!

Join PSN and say “yes” to helping create a world where people don’t have to struggle to button their shirt, tie their shoe, pick up their child or grandchild or play with their friends. It’s up to us to help those with arthritis gain access to life-changing information and resources so they can better manage their disease and live full, healthy lives, plus accelerate the path to better treatments and eventually a cure through cutting-edge research.

This years registration for the WALK includes FREE admission into the Miners game. The Walk will start inside the stadium and will go around the concourse, to the outfield gate (not yet on the field). Then it’ll enter the outfield gate and walk around the track and onto home plate. The Walk itself starts at 6:00 p.m. but check-in for the Walk starts at 5:30 p.m.

If you set up a team, like you had last year, everyone who registers for the walk will get into the game for FREE! When you check-in, you’ll get your free ticket with a designated seat to watch the game. Your booth will also be inside the stadium and can be set up until the end of the game.

The baseball stadium also has fireworks every Friday night!!

Event Location

Rent One Park
1000 Miners Drive
Marion, IL 62959

Event Schedule

Friday, April 26, 2019

  • 5:00 p.m. – Check-in

If you are unable to join us in the WALK this year, please consider making a donation to the fight to cure arthritis.

We can’t wait to see you at Walk to Cure Arthritis this year – we invite you all to come together to register, fund raise and walk, all while having a great time; because we believe that another step equals another victory!

Go Red For Women!

To support the American Heart Association and Wear Red Day, Premier Specialty Network is reminding you to wear red tomorrow, Friday, February 1!

On National Wear Red Day, millions of Americans will join together in the fight against heart disease in women by wearing red! Heart disease is still the number one killer of women, causing one in three deaths each year. More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined.

The American Heart Association’s 2020 Impact Goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20%. To achieve that goal, it is vital for Americans to understand their true health status. Currently, 39% of Americans think they are in ideal health when in reality, less than 1% have an ideal health profile. Supporting the American Heart Association allows them to continue funding cutting-edge research, conducting lifesaving public and professional education programs and advocating to protect public health.

Go Red For Women encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease, and also action to save more lives. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power women have to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them the tools they need to lead a heart-healthy life.

PSN clinicians and associates across the country are encouraged to wear red and take photo to share on social media! Please send your photos to webmaster@psnmo.net or post your photo on social media with the tags @psnmo #WearRedandGive.

Join Premier Specialty Network by wearing red tomorrow to show your support!

Better Bone Heath with Probiotics?

Osteoporosis: Could probiotics protect bone health?

Osteoporosis predominantly affects older adults, but bone loss can start at as early as age 40. Recently, scientists have found that probiotics might be a safe and effective tool to help fight bone loss.

Bones do not just grow once and then stay the same for life. Instead, bone is made up of living tissue that is constantly being broken and remodeled into new bone.

This process is more efficient when we are young. By around age 30, the body stops increasing bone mass, and once we reach our 40s and 50s, more bone might be being broken down than we are replacing.

Over time, this can result in osteoporosis. Bones gradually become thinner, which can lead to fractures — even from a simple fall.

Older women tend to have a higher risk of developing the disease, but it is not exclusive to women; it can affect men as well.

Other risk factors may include breaking a bone after the age of 50, experiencing early menopause, having a smaller body frame, smoking tobacco, and having a family history of osteoporosis.

Fractures can have severe consequences; for instance, during the first year after a hip fracture, mortality rates are 24–30 percent due to the risk of complications.

Osteoporosis becomes more of an issue the older we get, and women tend to lose bone mass quickly during menopause. Regardless, by the time that people are in their 70s, both men and women lose bone mass at around the same rate.

Medications are available that can help treat osteoporosis, but preventing or slowing the initial bone loss would be a vast improvement.

Preventing osteoporosis?

A recent study, published in the journal Immunity, tested the ability of a probiotic to enhance bone growth.

The researchers, led by senior study author Roberto Pacifici — of Emory University in Atlanta, GA — tackled this topic with female laboratory mice. The scientists gave them oral Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG supplementation for a period over 4 weeks.

The team revealed that the probiotic stimulated the growth of gut bacteria that produce a particular metabolite called butyrate. Butyrate, in turn, prompted T cells in bone marrow to produce a protein called Wnt10b, which is vital for bone growth.

“We were surprised by the potency of the gut microbiome in regulating bone and by the complexity of the mechanism of action of probiotics.”

Roberto Pacifici

He explains that probiotics are somewhat controversial, claiming, “Because their mechanism of action in bone is unknown, they are regarded as some kind of alternative, esoteric, unproven treatment.”

However, the research shows that they can affect bone structure in a positive way. Pacifici also believes that the number of bacteria contained in the probiotics may be as important as the probiotic that is used, but more research is needed to confirm this.

FULL ARTICLE >>>> SOURCE: Medical News Today

Arthritis Brochures for Rheumatologists

We help lead the fight for the rheumatoid arthritis community and help you to assist your patients in conquering their everyday battles with rheumatoid arthritis through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections.

Below, find out how you can access, and download free brochures from the Arthritis Foundation on OA, RA, Fibro and Biologics.

  • Register your free AF Store account at https://www.afstore.org/
  • Hover over Brochures, located on the left side of the page.
  • Click the second option, Free Downloadable Brochures.
  • Here you will see the Fibro, RA, OA, and Biologic/Biosimilar handouts.
  • Enter quantity “1”.
  • Add to cart and click Checkout.
  • You will need to submit a credit card number but your total will remain zero dollars.
  • Click Place Order. You will receive a confirmation email for your purchase but your purchase will be zero.
  • Click My Account on the top of your page.
  • Scroll down to Order History.
  • Click the date of your order (may be in blue print)
  • Click the red PDF of the brochure you ordered which will give you access to print the document.

More brochures will be added as the Arthritis Foundation’s goal is to transfer all of their brochures to electronic versions.