Raynaud’s in the News Around the World

GlobeWe’re always glad to see publications and organizations helping to get the word out about Raynaud’s, particularly as we’re entering peak season for the kind of cold, wet, windy weather that triggers attacks for most Frosties.  This year it appears Raynaud’s is getting global attention!

Here’s a sampling of the articles we’ve recently come across:

Cold Hands May Signal Raynaud’s Phenomenon – We flagged this article on our social media pages when it was first published in the New York Times, as it’s very well written, covers a lot of ground in a small space, and we were happy to see that it generated over 200 comments from readers!  The only thing that would have made it better was to have referenced our organization as a resource for sufferers, so we sent in our own comment which they did publish.  We later found a reprint of this article in a Singapore publication called Today.

Beating the Chill This Winter – This is an article in the News section of a web site for Parkside Hospital in the UK.  It defines Raynaud’s, describes its symptoms, reviews the difference between primary and secondary forms of Raynaud’s, and provides tips for avoiding attacks during the day and at night.  Also discusses the value of fueling and exercising the body, along with a number of general lifestyle suggestions.  Great to see a hospital featuring this little known but widespread medical condition.

Tips for Runners: Managing Raynaud’s Phenomenon – We’re seeing quite a few articles from publications addressing runners with Raynaud’s.  This one is from Athletics Weekly, a British publication.  This is a short article that assumes the reader is already aware of their Raynaud’s condition.  It makes the case for the fact that runners with Raynaud’s are in good company (…known to affect up to 10% of otherwise healthy female athletes), and provides a few tips that are pretty general, not just useful for Frostie runners.

Raynaud’s: the Winter Condition that Strikes Your Hands and Feet – and How to Tackle It – This article in The Telegraph, a UK publication, tells the story of the author, Emma Bartley, and how she discovered after years of suffering that she has Raynaud’s. Emma came across the condition when searching for “purple nipple breastfeeding” after the birth of her second child, and a light bulb went off that finally explained her painfully numb fingers and toes.   Since then, she’s learned some strategies that work for her and shares them with her readers.

Raynaud’s Syndrome – This one really surprised me – a news publication in the tropical climate of Jamaica, the Jamaica Observer, ran an article on Raynaud’s!  It’s written by a podiatrist who must see cases where patients suffer from exposure to year-round air conditioning, so kudos to her for helping to spread the word.  In addition to outlining Raynaud’s symptoms and treatment options, the article covers occupational issues that can cause Raynaud’s, such as working with vibrating tools and equipment, along with exposure to certain toxic chemicals.

Bernardino Ramazzini where are you now? – The title of this article may be perplexing to Frosties, but it actually leads into the topic with an intro about Bernardino Ramazzini, the father of Occupational Medicine, and lists a few disorders caused by work conditions, which gets us to Vibration White Finger, a form of Raynaud’s caused by (as referenced in the article above) use of vibrating tools and equipment (dentists, woodworkers, stenographers, construction workers, rock drillers and more).  This article was published by the Pattaya Mail in Thailand, where it’s now a balmy 77 degrees! Additional work-related causes noted include exposure to high levels of vinyl chloride. The author makes the point that given the warm climate in Thailand, the most commonly seen cases of Raynaud’s are those that are secondary to occupational conditions.

With articles on Raynaud’s from across the globe, Frosties are everywhere, so know that you’re certainly not alone!