10 Facts about Juvenile Arthritis

Lene Andersen Health Guide March 08, 2013
  • 1. Juvenile arthritis (JA) is an umbrella term for several different types of autoimmune and inflammatory arthritis that can affect children under the age of 16. In autoimmune diseases, the immune system malfunctions and attacks various systems in the body. Some of the forms of JA include juvenile de...

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  • Leslie
    Mar. 09, 2013

    I had no idea that Kawasaki disease was a form of juvenile arthritis, although I guess it does make some sense since the immune system goes so haywire with inflammation. I guess I just hadn't thought about it. A granddaughter of a friend had a terrible bout with this a while back and has made a good recovery. Is there any tie to later in life autoimmune illness?...

    RHMLucky777

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    I had no idea that Kawasaki disease was a form of juvenile arthritis, although I guess it does make some sense since the immune system goes so haywire with inflammation. I guess I just hadn't thought about it. A granddaughter of a friend had a terrible bout with this a while back and has made a good recovery. Is there any tie to later in life autoimmune illness?

    • Lene  Andersen
      Health Guide
      Mar. 11, 2013

      I did a quick Google, but only found links that connect childhood Kawasaki disease to adult heart disease. As our disease is often caused by inflammation, there may be a connection. I have to look deeper into Google.

  • Ish
    Ish
    Mar. 08, 2013

    Lene,

     

    Thank you for posting this. You give so much good information about JA.

     

    The lack of professionals specializing in pediatric rheumatology is a HUGE problem. Especially since early and aggressive treatment is so important. I guess it comes down to all of us being louder... making people aware, asking for help paying the tuition of doctors...

    RHMLucky777

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    Lene,

     

    Thank you for posting this. You give so much good information about JA.

     

    The lack of professionals specializing in pediatric rheumatology is a HUGE problem. Especially since early and aggressive treatment is so important. I guess it comes down to all of us being louder... making people aware, asking for help paying the tuition of doctors who want to specialize in pediatric rheumatology. Being the squeaky wheel so that we can find a cure. 

     

    *Stepping off soapbox now* 

     

    Ish 

    • Lene  Andersen
      Health Guide
      Mar. 08, 2013

      by all means, get on the soapbox! Wink In fact, earlier this week, hundreds of people got on the soapbox in Washington DC for the 2013 Advocacy Summit. One of the priorities of the Summit was to ask for support for program that assists doctors who choose pediatric subspecialties, such as rheumatology, with repayment of their medical school loans. I don't know...

      RHMLucky777

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      by all means, get on the soapbox! Wink In fact, earlier this week, hundreds of people got on the soapbox in Washington DC for the 2013 Advocacy Summit. One of the priorities of the Summit was to ask for support for program that assists doctors who choose pediatric subspecialties, such as rheumatology, with repayment of their medical school loans. I don't know the results yet, but there are a lot of people working on this issue.

       

      Thank so much for your comment.

    • Ish
      Ish
      Mar. 09, 2013

      Hi Lene,

       

      Yes! I read about the 2013 Advocacy Summit & then started writing and calling my Representatives. I think I'm becoming a bit of a crusader! Tongue out

       

      Happy Weekend!

       

      Ish

       

       

       

       

    • Lene  Andersen
      Health Guide
      Mar. 11, 2013

      awesome! You'll look fabulous on the barricades, darlink! Wink