Arthritis (Health Alert) by Ruth Bjorklund

By Ruth Bjorklund

This hugely readable and very precious sequence offers younger readers with all they should find out about quite a few health conditions.

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Cartilage—Connective tissue that covers and cushions the ends of bones in a joint. chronic—Ongoing; never completely going away. connective tissue—Tissue that supports and connects the body’s cells. corticosteroids—Natural and synthetic (man-made) hormones that balance salt and water in the body and fight inflammation. diagnosis—The process of determining the nature of a disease. disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD)—A type of medication used to decrease pain and inflammation, to reduce or prevent joint damage, and to preserve the 55 Arthritis structure and function of the joints in people with rheumatoid arthritis.

His friends understand. Jason says, “My friends usually just come over and hang out with me. My thumbs are no good at video games, but we watch movies and just chill. It really helps. ” Now that Jason is in middle school, he has a 504 plan. The Rehabilitation Act, a law passed in 1973, grants equal opportunities to Americans with disabilities. Section 504 of that law allows extra accommodations for children with health needs, such as those with arthritis. Once a year, Jason and his parents, teachers, school therapists, and school nurse have a 51 A Pain Diary During a doctor visit, it can be hard for people with arthritis to recall exactly how much pain they felt, when they felt it, and which joints were the most affected.

Medical Advances Today Experts researching arthritis are looking for the best methods to reduce pain and to help patients function well in daily life. They are studying an important group MacFarlane Burnet discovered that of drugs called corticosteroids, rheumatoid arthritis was a separate or steroids for short. In laboradisease from osteoarthritis. tories, steroids are made to mimic the naturally occurring hormones cortisone and cortisol. These hormones regulate salt and water balance in the body and affect the immune system by reducing inflammation.

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