ASIF News No. 9 (April 2009)

ASIF Council Meeting October 15th to 18th 2009    

Paul Pocek, President of the Austrian Spondylitis Society and the organizing committee are calling all delegates to attend the 9th ASIF Council meeting in Bad Hofgastein, Austria, from Thursday October 15th to Sunday October 18th.

An Englishman in Gastein's «Heilstollen»    

Matt Homfray, member of the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS) in Great Britain, describes his visit in the «Heilstollen», despite being sceptical. After his week in Gastein he felt more supple than he had in months, if not years.

ASAI National Awareness Campaign    

Seoirse Smith, Secretary of the Ankylosing Spondylitis Association of Ireland (ASAI) presents th AS Awareness Week «Get your Back up» of ASAI. This campaign included the Irish rugby player John Hayes. It achieved a high media attention. Moreover, the number of vosits of the ASAI website increased more than 100-fold.

Ankylosing Spondylitis in Good and Worse Times    

Study with 12 AS patients about how the fluctuations (symptom-free and painful periods, fatigue, incapacitating pain and crippling mobility) interfere with everyday life.

ASAS Workshop of Ankylosing Spondylitis Researchers 2009 in Rome  

70 ASAS members including ASIF vice president Ernst Feldtkeller participated in this workshop: The topics being discussed were the following ones: Criteria for «axial spondyloarthritis»; ASAS slide kit and ASAS handbook; Criteria for the «peripheral arthritis»; Psoriasis associated with ankylosing spondylitis and an Update of recommendations for the treatment of AS with TNF-alpha blockers.

11th EULAR Conference for PARE in Budapest    

More than 100 delegates participated at this conference in November 2008 with the following presentations: Work and rheumatic diseases - the Hungarian perspective; Impact of arthritis/rheumatism on the population of Europe; Study «Fit for Work» including the employers perspective; Current drug therapies and the importance of early diagnosis. Jane Skerrett, member of the ASIF Executive Committee participated at this conference too.

Pain Perception of People with Chronical Diseases    

Research in patients suffering from a rheumatic condition. Conclusions: Pain is an important phenomenon in rheumatic diseases. Half of all the patients expects the physician to initiate a conversation about pain. More than half of the patients with pain find that this pain is not under control. The most additional symptom in rheumatic patients is fatigue.