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Amanda Nelson, MD, MSCR, and Leigh Callahan, PhD, are interviewed in a Wall Street Journal article about the incidences of arthritis and osteoarthritis, discussing the reasons for an increasing number of affected Americans while recognizing how to reduce disease progression.

Experts from the department of medicine’s division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology were recently interviewed, and the Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project study was referenced. In the article, Dr. Amanda Nelson, an assistant professor of medicine, commented that “any level of symptoms where it is impacting activity or function should be brought to a doctor’s attention because there is something they can do about it.”

Dr. Leigh Callahan, an epidemiologist at the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center and director of the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance–started by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the nonprofit Arthritis Foundation–said, “people worry that exercise is going to exacerbate their arthritis, when it’s exactly the opposite.”

The article also introduces the first and only national awareness campaign, promoted by the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance, focusing on preventing the onset and progression of osteoarthritis (OA). More information about the campaign can be found here.

The full article can be accessed here, via the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center’s Twitter account.