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Provincial government announces $3 Million for arthritis research

By Contributor
September 10th, 2014

Over 600,000 British Columbians are affected by arthritis, which can make even day-to-day tasks painful.

Tuesday, Health Minister Terry Lake announced $3 million in funding to the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada that will further developments in prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

“With this investment, our government aims to help the Arthritis Research Centre continue to improve the lives of British Columbians living with arthritis, as well as reduce the burden arthritis puts on our health-care system,” said Lake.

With over 100 different forms of arthritis, and as a leading cause of disability, the impact on the Canadian economy is estimated to be $33 billion each year in health-care costs and lost productivity.

Though osteoarthritis is the most widely recognized form of the condition, arthritis can range from mild forms of tendinitis and bursitis to crippling systemic disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

It also includes pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia and diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus.

The Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC) was created in 2000 in recognition of the significant impact research could have on arthritis treatment in Canada. ARC is a patient-oriented research centre, conducting clinical research and trials related to arthritis prevention, diagnosis, prognosis, and quality of life issues.

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