JointHealth™ express   March 31, 2011

Knowledge is power and the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada found a way to share it with you.

If you are one of the 4.2 million Canadians living with arthritis, you may be overwhelmed by all the information you hear and read about the disease. You may wonder whose data you can trust or why it is sometimes so hard to decipher. Researchers have their own language and sometimes their messages get lost in jargon and acronyms.

To break down this barrier, the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC), created a series of short videos that describe leading edge arthritis research in plain language, using eye-catching graphics. These new videos provide arthritis information you can trust to be accurate, relevant, and empowering . . . anything but boring.

The first video, available now, explores a debate that has created more questions than it has provided answers: is glucosamine sulfate (GLS) effective for treating knee osteoarthritis? Dr. Cibere, rheumatologist and research scientist, explains the study and how she came to the conclusion that, "Glucosamine sulfate (GLS) is not as effective at relieving pain from knee osteoarthritis as we'd hoped it might be," in this video called Glucosamine Sulfate and Knee Pain.

In Canada we are lucky to have some of the brightest minds improving our understanding of arthritis and how to prevent the disease. The Arthritis Research Centre of Canada's scientists are respected leaders in their fields, affiliated with the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI). The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) funded this project.