This Sunday edition of the Vidyya Medical News Service focuses its attention on arthritis and rheumatologic conditions. Arthritis currently affects one in six Americans and is the leading cause of disability in the United States.
Half of all people age 65 and older have arthritis. There are over 100 different forms of arthritis and many different symptoms and treatments. We do not know what causes most forms of arthritis. Some forms are better understood than others.
This Vidyya is rich with fact sheets and patient information. A very thorough examination of arthritis and rheumatic conditions can be found as well as information on arthritis and exercise and coping with the disease. The fact sheets encompass all educational levels and contain information for just about every type of arthritis patient.
"People ignore arthritis both as public and personal health problems because it doesn't kill you," says Chad Helmick, a medical epidemiologist at CDC. "But what they don't realize is that as Americans work and live longer, arthritis can affect their quality of life and eventually lead to disability." Current costs to the U.S. economy total nearly $65 billion annually--an impact equal to a moderate recession.
The articles in today's Vidyya are:
As always, we hope you enjoy the issue.