OMNI Health Media Launches Partnership with CreakyJoints to Help Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

For Immediate Release December 5, 2012

OMNI Health Media Launches Partnership with CreakyJoints to Help Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Ketchum/Sun Valley, Idaho December 5, 2012—OMNI Health Media (OMNI), a specialty publisher of health information, websites and applications specifically for consumers,  is pleased to announce a partnership with CreakyJoints, aimed at better meeting the educational and support needs of  rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients and their caregivers.

OMNI’s quarterly women’s health magazine, Women, which includes content dedicated to bone and joint health in each issue and is available in rheumatology offices and by subscription, will now regularly feature tips from CreakyJoints.org, one of the most robust arthritis communities for patients and caregivers.  In addition, CreakyJoints will syndicate OMNI’s rheumatology news feed to its website and in the organization’s newsletters, which reach 55,000 individuals twice-monthly. OMNI publishes over 600 health news stories annually, which are currently available on leading hospital and advocacy group websites (including Susan G. Komen for the Cure), and via health portals like TheRAConnection and CancerConnect.

RA affects an estimated 1.3 million adults in the United States. The course of RA over a lifetime varies across individuals and is also influenced by treatment. Some people may experience a single episode that resolves within a few months or years; others may experience fluctuating symptoms (periods of few symptoms followed by periods of worse symptoms or “flares”), and still others may have symptoms that get progressively worse.

Although there is no cure for RA, the good news is that early detection and effective treatment can substantially reduce pain and disability for many patients. Important advances continue to be made in the management of RA—use of more effective drugs earlier in the course of RA reduces symptoms and joint damage, and allows some patients to achieve a remission (little or no active disease).

About Creaky Joints:  Creaky Joints (http://www.CreakyJoints.org) is the 55,000+ member community that is a part of the non-profit Global Healthy Living Foundation (http://www.GHLF.org). Originally co-founded in 1999 from a college dorm room bunk bed by arthritis advocate Seth Ginsberg, CreakyJoints has evolved into one of the most robust arthritis communities for patients and caregivers, featuring blogs from the net’s best patient bloggers, the latest medical news from healthcare providers, an advice column penned by “Ms. Meniscus” as well as comprehensive educational videos. CreakyJoints and GHLF also produce community-based programs for people to learn how to better manage their condition, and ways to overcome barriers to care. Membership in CreakyJoints is free and encouraged, and includes a twice-monthly e-newsletter with updates and program announcements.

About OMNI Health Media: OMNI Health Media is a leading specialty website developer and publisher of consumer health information. By incorporating content expertise with social media and web-based programming, OMNI is uniquely qualified to develop and distribute multi-media health education content and social media programming for a variety of health conditions.
Originally established in 1996 as a cancer patient education resource, OMNI has consistently expanded its platform by integrating technologic advances with its health information content, applications and services. OMNI has been recognized for producing award-winning, multi-media content which reaches over 1.5 million health information seekers in English, Japanese, and Spanish every month.  OMNI currently produces web applications and health content in Oncology, Urology, Rheumatology, and Women’s Health.

The mission of OMNI Health Media is to connect individuals with the most current, comprehensive health information and with others in similar situations. OMNI uses a variety of platforms including online, print, video, social media, and live interactive web chats to connect and empower individuals to better manage their health conditions.

OMNI Health Media produces and manages Women magazineCancerConnect.com, TheRAConnection.comaWomensHealth.com and the Web Chats with the Experts interactive series featuring thought leaders from institutions such as Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Johns Hopkins, Yale, and other prominent health centers. OMNI content and programming have been independently reviewed by multiple physician practices and hospitals, and are endorsed by the National Patient Advocate Foundation and the Oncology Nursing Society. Furthermore, CancerConnect.com has been awarded with the World Wide Web Health Awards’ Gold Award for patient education and information excellence. The Gold Award is the highest possible award bestowed on such sites.  CancerConnect.com was named one of the top 5 oncology websites by Oncology Net Guide. Perhaps the biggest vote of confidence for OMNI content and programming is the fact that it has been used by over 250 hospitals, clinics, and advocacy groups including The Dana Farber Cancer Institute, The Susan Komen Foundation, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Roswell Park and leading physician practices and networks like The West Clinic, Texas Oncology, and other leading community practices from coast to coast. Currently, over 2,700 physicians use OMNI Health Media content programming on their websites. Contact mmonday@omnihealthmedia.com