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TheRAconnection is an online community and resource center for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients and their caregivers. The mission of TheRAconnection is to provide valuable education and support for the estimated 1.3 million adults in the United States living with RA. Developed and managed by OMNI Health Media, TheRAconnection provides comprehensive information about the diagnosis, treatment, and management of RA.  In addition, the site provides a daily news service, featured articles, and a community network with which individuals can connect, trade experiences, and support one other.

The course of RA over a lifetime varies across individuals and is certainly 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”). Still others may have symptoms that get progressively worse. Although there is no cure for RA, early detection and effective treatment can substantially reduce pain and disability for many patients. TheRAConnection serves as an invaluable resource for individuals living with the disease.

Meet TheRAConnection Moderator:

MEB Headshot 12302011 dMarie Barry is a biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries consultant.   She formerly served as Director of international business at the ALZA Corporation, a Johnson & Johnson Company.

Marie is a member of the advisory council at the Institute of Immunology, Transplantation and Infection at Stanford University Medical Center.   An alumna of Santa Clara University,  she is a member  of the University’s Board of Regents, founding chair of the College of Arts and Sciences Leadership Board and a past president of the national Alumni Association.

Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus and Sjogrens syndrome 16 years ago, Marie is focused on helping fellow patients receive the very best information about how to live full and productive lives while managing chronic disease.

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 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 technological advances with its health information content, applications and services. OMNI has been recognized for producing award-winning, multi-media content that 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 Magazine,,,, 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 has been independently reviewed by multiple physician practices and hospitals and endorsed by the National Patient Advocate Foundation, as well as the Oncology Nursing Society. Furthermore, has been honored 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. was named one of the top five 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 University of Florida, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, The Susan G. Komen Foundation, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, and leading physician practices and networks like The West Clinic and Texas Oncology.Currently, over 2,700 physicians use OMNI Health Media content programming on their websites.

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