Joint Effort – Spring 2024

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Arthritis is not just a disease of old people. In fact, approximately 1 in 1,000 children under the age of 16 suffer from arthritis, making the disorder more common than most chronic childhood disorders, including cystic fibrosis and diabetes. Previously, chronic childhood arthritis was referred to as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) but arthritis in children is quite different from adult rheumatoid arthritis and is not always associated with the presence of an arthritis associated autoantibody known as the rheumatoid factor. As a result, many people now refer to chronic childhood arthritis as juvenile idiopathic arthritis or JIA. Idiopathic simply means ‘unknown’ and is used when other known illnesses known to cause arthritis are ruled out such as infections, injuries, cancers and other related rheumatic/autoimmune disorders (lupus, dermatomyositis, vasculitis). While research has not yet provided us with a cure for childhood arthritis, there is effective therapy

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