Congress is planning to cut $1.2 trillion in spending by November 2011, and arthritis research could be among programs slated for cuts. Arthritis research costs the US $128 billion per year; therefore, research will pay dividends in the future (Source: Arthritis Foundation).
Without further research and studies for the treatment and eventual cures of both rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA – also known as degenerative joint disease), the quality of life of one in five Americans could be profoundly affected as the result of delays in finding a cure for arthritis.
The Arthritis Foundation is issuing a petition to Congress to keep arthritis research off the chopping block.
If you or someone you know is affected by arthritis, all are encouraged to sign the petition to keep funding available for research, as well as spread the word to family, friends, and neighbors.