Arthritis Expo, October 7, 2017, Columbus

More than 2.6 million Ohioans have arthritis – the nation’s leading cause of disability.

COLUMBUS – The Arthritis Expo, presented by the Arthritis Foundation, will take place Saturday, October 7, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Villa Milano Banquet & Conference Center, 1630 Schrock Rd., Columbus, OH 43229.

More than 50 million Americans, including an estimated 300,000 children, live with arthritis – the nation’s leading cause of disability. In Ohio alone, 2.6 million residents live with arthritis.

The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes, leading the fight for the arthritis community and helping conquer everyday battles. Our goal is to help people with arthritis live life to its fullest – easing their pain and illuminating a path toward wellness through personalized information and support.

Hosted by the Arthritis Foundation, the Arthritis Expo is a free educational event that will help people with arthritis better understand their disease and develop personalized strategies for better controlling their arthritis and the related pain. Sessions will be facilitated by local health care experts, including:

• Hareth Madhoun, DO: Arthritis: It’s Not All the Same

• Vivek Sahai, MD: Hip & Knee Replacement

• Charan Gowda, MD: Arthritis and Small Joint Replacement Arthroplasty in the Hand

• Danielle Smetts, OTR/L: Therapeutic Intervention for Arthritis in the Hand

• Jeffrey Backes, MD: Shoulder Pain

Register online at or call 614-876-8200.

The Arthritis Expo is presented by the Columbus Medical Research Foundation and sponsored by NovaCare, Orthopedic ONE and Stryker. Additional support is provided by Abbvie, Lilly, Mallinckrodt and Pfizer.

About the Arthritis Foundation:

The Arthritis Foundation ( is the Champion of Yes. Leading the fight for the arthritis community, the Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. The Arthritis Foundation’s goal is to chart a winning course, guiding families in developing personalized plans for living a full life – and making each day another stride towards a cure. The Foundation also publishes Arthritis Today, the award-winning magazine that reaches 4.2 million readers.

Study: Playing Smartphone App Aids Concussion Recovery in Teens

App helps teens improve their symptoms and optimism after suffering a concussion

COLUMBUS – In an effort to minimize activity and allow the brain time to rest and heal, doctors advise patients who’ve suffered concussions to avoid screen time on computers, televisions, tablets and smartphones. But during a recent study, researchers actually encouraged teenagers to use an app on their smartphones specifically designed to help them recover. And the results were encouraging.

“Every single teenager who used the app in our study showed improvements from the time they started playing the game to the time they finished with us,” said Lise Worthen-Chaudhari, MFA, lead author of the study and a researcher at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “What’s more, the app not only helped them feel emotionally more optimistic about recovering from their concussions, but it also improved physical symptoms like headaches and blurred vision that can severely impact their quality of life.”

By contrast, among teenagers treated from concussions who didn’t use the app, only half reported improvements in symptoms. The other half said their symptoms got worse and there was no reported improvement in optimism about their recovery.

“The key to the app is that it encourages patients to become active participants in their recovery and gives them specific tasks to accomplish in order to better manage their symptoms,” she said.

The app, called SuperBetter, casts the patient as the hero in an ongoing game about their recovery story, requiring them to battle foes like dizziness and headaches along the way. It also allows patients to invite friends and family to follow their recovery through the app and offer encouragement.

“We’re still very cautious about limiting screen time during recovery for concussions, but cutting it out altogether can often make patients feel isolated and depressed, especially teenagers,” said Worthen-Chaudhari. “This app makes it possible for them to use screens just a little bit each day while assisting in their recovery from concussion at the same time.”

HHS awards $3,582,514 to Ohio to improve health center quality

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that $3,582,514 has been awarded to 45 health centers in Ohio as an investment in quality improvement, building upon their 2016 achievements. Health centers will use these funds to further improve the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of the health care delivered to the communities they serve. This announcement comes during Health Center Week, the annual celebration of the high-quality, affordable, primary care health centers have been providing for more than 50 years.

“Americans deserve a healthcare system that’s affordable, accessible, of the highest quality, with ample choices, driven by world-leading innovations, and responsive to the needs of the individual patient,” said Secretary Price. “Supporting health centers across the country helps to achieve that mission.”

Health centers are receiving these funds to continue improving their services based upon high levels of performance in one or more of the following categories: Improving Quality of Care, Increasing Access to Care, Enhancing Delivery of High Value Health Care, Addressing Health Disparities, and Achieving Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition.

“Today’s awards will help health centers to provide their communities with high quality, affordable primary care,” said HRSA Administrator Dr. George Sigounas. “Quality care remains a critical trait of the Health Center Program, especially because health centers are treating more patients than ever before.”

HRSA also released new data compiled from health centers through its Uniform Data System (UDS) reporting, providing an update on the primary care services being provided to patients. In 2016, nearly 26 million people (approximately 1 in 12 U.S. residents) relied on a HRSA-funded health center for affordable, accessible primary health care including:

  • One in three people living in poverty;
  • One in ten U.S. children 17 years or younger;
  • One in six U.S. rural residents; and
  • More than 330,000 U.S. veterans.

For more than 50 years, health centers have delivered affordable, accessible, quality, and cost-effective primary health care services to patients. Today, nearly 1,400 health centers operate more than 10,400 service delivery sites nationwide.

For a list of FY 2017 Quality Improvement Awards recipients, visit:

To learn more about HRSA’s Health Center Program, visit:

Health centers in the area:



299 Cramer Creek Ct.

Dublin, 43017-2586

Tel: 614-645-5500




6000 Cooper Rd.

Westerville, 43081-8984

Tel: 614-274-1455



773 S Walnut St.

Marysville, 43040-1643

Tel: 614-272-7639




2365 Innis Rd.

Columbus, 43224-3730

Tel: 614-416-4325


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Rachel Butler, 17, of West Chester, OH, uses the SuperBetter app to help her recover from a concussion. A study shows that daily, limited use of the app, which includes useful tips for recovery, improved symptoms in teenagers. Butler, 17, of West Chester, OH, uses the SuperBetter app to help her recover from a concussion. A study shows that daily, limited use of the app, which includes useful tips for recovery, improved symptoms in teenagers.