Thursday, May 14, 2009

Arthritis Fast Facts

May is National Arthritis Month; below are some "fast facts" :

Arthritis literally means joint inflammation. "Arth" refers to the joints, and "itis" refers to inflammation. Arthritis is not a single disease. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis affecting people of all ages, including about 300,000 children.

In 2005, 66 million (nearly 1 in 3) adults in the United States had arthritis or chronic joint symptoms.

42.7 million are doctor-diagnosed arthritis.

23.2 million live with chronic joint symptoms but are not doctor-diagnosed.

Arthritis is the nation's leading cause of disability among Americans over 15 years of age. Generally, arthritis strikes women more often than men.

To learn more, visit the Arthritis Foundation... and please join us as we support AOII's international philanthropy, look out for these events in your area: let's move together and the Jingle Bell Run.

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