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July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

By Meghana Giridhar, July 26

Nearly 300,000 children in the US are affected by juvenile arthritis (JA) and not many are aware that it is not really a disease. It is a term used for a combination of many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions or pediatric rheumatic diseases that can develop in children under the age of 16. As autoimmune diseases go, the immune system turns on healthy tissues and cells due to unknown reasons instead of fighting off viruses. In children, there is a higher risk if a parent had it in the past. Common symptoms include: •    Joint swelling •    Pain and stiffness in knees, hands and feet that usually occurs in the mornings •    High fever and rashes •    Swelling of the lymph nodes •    Eye inflammation •    Uneven growth of bones and joints There are clear signs of juvenile arthritis which makes it difficult for doctors to diagnose the condition. To be assured of a JA diagnosis, doctors typically conduct a physical exam, lab tests, X rays, analyze family history and carefully evaluate symptoms. The care team includes a group of medical professionals such as: •    Physical therapists •    Occupational therapists •    Psychologists •    Bone surgeons •    Rheumatology nurses, to name a few Treatments are a combination of medications and lifestyle recommendations. Children are encouraged to be physically active through exercise. Joining a support group can be hugely beneficial to both the child and family to enable everyone involved to remain positive. For additional information and resources visit: Juvenile Arthritis Association Arthritis National Research Foundation The Arthritis Foundation Meghana Giridhar serves as Content Manager and is part of eCareDiary's founding team. In her role, she oversees and edits content across all of eCareDiary's media platforms.

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The Cost of Caregiving

August 2

eCareDiary will speak to Christopher MacLellan, Founder of the Whole Care Network and the South Florida Caregiving Coalition as well as the author of “What’s The Deal With Caregiving?”, about his research project on working caregivers and the financial impact on their jobs and lives.

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