Montana Arthritis Program

by Josh

Montana Arthritis Program

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) has previously been referred to as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis or juvenile chronic arthritis. This is the most common chronic form of joint inflammation in children. JIA is a puzzling disease that is often difficult to diagnose and for parents to understand. Common symptoms are persistent joint stiffness and swelling of one or multiple joints, pain, and unexplained fever. If your child has any of these symptoms—and/or an unusual pattern of walking, especially in the morning or after naps, call your pediatrician. Surprisingly, many and perhaps even most children with JIA do not complain of pain when they first develop symptoms of the disease.

The Phase II pratfall closely follows a hit for the company's diabetes drug APOCIIIRx. Just weeks ago Isis reported that after 13 weeks of weekly injections of ISIS-APOCIIIRx-designed to hit the "off" switch on a gene that produces the apolipoprotein C-III protein, involved in triglyceride regulation-there was a 72% plunge in fatty particles and a 40% spike in HDL, or good cholesterol, along with improved insulin sensitivity among the 11 patients with Type 2 diabetes in the study. And near the start of this year Isis and its partner Genzyme won an approval for Kynamro for rare cases of homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia.Arthritis


Individuals with arthritis can benefit from both physical and occupational therapy In arthritis the joints become stiff and the range of movement can be limited. Physical therapy has been shown to significantly improve function, decrease pain, and delay need for surgical intervention in advanced cases. 24 Exercise prescribed by a physical therapist has been shown to be more effective than medications in treating osteoarthritis of the knee. Exercise often focuses on improving muscle strength, endurance and flexibility. In some cases, exercises may be designed to train balance. Occupational therapy can provide assistance with activities as well as equipment.

Music to my ears. Of course, it will be a long time before we runners convince skeptical friends that we aren't headed for a hellish destiny with pain and arthritis. But keep the faith; the tide is turning. The medical community is slowly coming to accept that running is good for your joints, as well as your heart. And the evidence is growing. This doesn't give you license to pound out long runs while swallowing a handful of ibuprofen. But regular, moderate, pain-free running? Get out there and enjoy it, no matter what your auntie says.

It ispossible for people to feel the pain and their low mood is too much tomanage.* A study, conducted into arthritis,depression and suicide inFinland between the years of 1988 and 2000 with around one thousand six hundredparticipants, showed that there was a need for more understanding towardspatients with these two conditions. Researchers felt people who suffer painfrom arthritis who have depression/anxiety might be more likely to attemptsuicide. The researchers found the rate of suicide or attempted suicide washigher amongst females. Males were morelikely to make a suicide attempt after a shorter period of suffering. Forpeople who overdose on medications, a recovery fromoverdose iscompletely possible.

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