Arthritis (Health Alert) by Ruth Bjorklund

By Ruth Bjorklund

This hugely readable and intensely worthwhile sequence offers younger readers with all they should learn about quite a few health conditions.

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He was the grandson of a slave. Strict segregation laws were in place, and there were very few public schools that admitted African Americans. Competition was stiff to attend black-only high schools, but Julian was an exceptional student and graduated with honors from the State Normal School for Negroes in Montgomery. The young man impressed his teachers, and with their help he was accepted into DePauw University in Indiana. Julian studied chemistry and graduated at the head of his class. He went on to study at the University of Vienna in Austria, where he could work without the pressure of the racial prejudice that existed in the United States.

With a careful examination and tests, health care providers can design treatment plans that are just right for their patients. 29 [3] The History of Arthritis A rthritis can be traced back to ancient times in both humans and animals. There are signs that some dinosaurs suffered from arthritis, though most experts say that the arthritis found in dinosaur bones was mostly due to joint injuries. A group of iguanodons, unearthed in Europe and dating from 75,000 BCE, had signs of osteoarthritis in their ankles.

Many scientists perform experiments with drugs that work on the immune system. One successful type of drug is called a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD). Many patients with JRA take a DMARD, such as methotrexate. DMARDS reduce pain and decrease swelling by blocking particular enzymes in the immune system. Another new type of drug is called a biologic drug. Biologics, such as Humira and Enbrel, are medications made from living cells in a laboratory. These powerful drugs block certain proteins that cause inflammation.

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