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Kids Get Arthritis Too – a division of The Arthritis Foundation supports an average of 300,000 children and families with juvenile arthritis. The foundation comments on juvenile arthritis stating, “Juvenile arthritis actually is an umbrella term for a number of childhood diseases affecting the joints and musculoskeletal system.” The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases defines juvenile arthritis (JA) as childhood arthritis causing joint stiffness, pain, and swelling. JA is an autoimmune disease, in which the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissues and cells mistaking them as foreign invaders. Extended damage by the immune system can lead to altered bone growth and joint deformities in children. 

Common Types of Juvenile Arthritis Outlined by the Kids Get Arthritis Too Organization:

1. Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA): This is the most common form of JA, manifesting before the age of 16 and affecting one or more joints in the body. Joint swelling averages for at least six weeks. Other manifestations include muscle tightening, bone damage, and altered growth.

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Summer time is here! Why remain indoors when you can delight in the warm sunny breeze? With proper UV protection enjoying outdoor activities on “hot” summer days can be safe. Preparing, planning, and learning on UV protection are key components to health promotion and wellbeing. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, UV rays from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer – the most common type of cancer in the United States. It’s pivotal for individuals to have a thorough understanding on facts, myths, and safety tips to prevent harmful effects of UV rays.

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The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA) reports 20/10,000 people in the U.S. as having Myasthenia Gravis (MG). These numbers appear relatively low in comparison to other disease processes, yet in actuality many cases of MG go under-reported. Presenting symptoms relate to those of other health conditions, challenging early diagnosis and prompt interventions. Interested in learning about Myasthenia Gravis? Here are the facts and insights on MG!

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Certain types of cancers can be prevented through proper nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices. The American Cancer Association highlights the World Cancer Research Fund, who states one-third of cancer diagnosis in the US is related to obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and/or poor nutrition. Predisposing factors as those listed above can be prevented by maintaining an active lifestyle (according to your health needs), and by consuming wholesome foods that contribute to the prevention of cancer.

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Adverse food reactions are frequently labeled as allergies, when they can be mere food intolerances. The Mayo Clinic distinguishes both types of food responses, attributing food allergies to an immune reaction influencing multiple body systems, whereas food intolerances commonly affect the digestive tract. There are distinguishing characteristics in both food allergies and food intolerance – let’s explore each one in greater detail.

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