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Signs and Symptoms of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

Types of JRA

Tips in Helping Your Child Cope with JRA

Nutrition and the Child with JRA

Range of Available JRA Medication


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Juvenile Arthritis Fact Sheet

Juvenile arthritis (JA) refers to any form of arthritis or an arthritis-related condition that develops in children or teenagers who are less than 17 years of age.

Impact of Juvenile Arthritis:

Nearly 300,000 children under the age of 17 are affected by juvenile arthritis (7).

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), affecting 50,000 children, is the most common form of juvenile arthritis and one of the most common childhood diseases in the United States.(10)

Arthritis and related diseases, such as Juvenile Arthritis, cost the U.S. economy nearly $86.2 billion annually in medical care and indirect expenses, including lost wages and production. (4)

Latino Children Fact Sheet

Based on the 2000 US Census, the number of Latino children under the age of 18 in the United States was 12,148,066.

Latino children comprise 1/3 of the Latino population.

Latino children account for 18% of all the children in the U.S.(3)

Latino Population and Arthritis

This project ran into some difficulty finding exact figures for how many Latino children have Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

Here are some arthritis related statistics from the CDC that were obtained regarding arthritis and Latino adults:

An estimated 3 million adults are affected by rheumatoid arthritis in 2002.

2.6 million Hispanic adults report doctor-diagnosed arthritis in 2005.

In 2003, there were 1,068,000 adults with arthritis in Arizona and 414,000 of these adults were limited by arthritis.

In 2003, 16% of adults with Arthritis in Arizona were Hispanic. (3)

Impact or Arthritis

The impact of arthritis on individuals is significant. Almost 38% (16 million) of the 42.7 million adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis report limitations in their usual activities due to their arthritis. In addition to activity limitations, 31% (8.2 million) of working age adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis report being limited in work activities due to arthritis (4).


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This site was created by Cyrus Booth in fulfillment of requirements for the course CSS 335: Latino Health Issues taught by Dr. Szkupinski Quiroga at Arizona State University, Spring 2006.