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JUVENILE RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS AND CHILDREN

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
Are autoimmune antibodies evident in these children?
Yes, for some reason the antibodies found in lupus and other autoimmune disease are found in these children. This does not mean that they have lupus, just that this syndrome is likely to be an autoimmune disorder, like adult RA. The occurrence of these antibodies in children with these diseases can sometimes cause scary confusion.
A good pediatric rheumatologist knows the importance of eliminating other illnesses as causes of symptoms.
What are the lifelong consequences in children?
Many patients require lifelong therapy with anti-arthritic drugs. The anti-inflammatory agents and the new disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are very useful in the later life treatment of JRA patients. Problems like stunted limbs or a shortened jaw are only a few side effects of JRA. Today, these skeletal deformities are not as prevalent since early diagnosis and treatment are much more common. Unlike many other aspects of the disease, these growth changes can be irreversible.
What type of doctor should my child with JRA see?
Specialists called pediatric rheumatologists would examine, diagnose, and treat your child. They are experts in the childhood forms of arthritis.
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JUVENILE RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS AND CHILDRENAre autoimmune antibodies evident in these children?Yes, for some reason the antibodies found in lupus and other autoimmune disease are found in these children. This does not mean that they have lupus, just that this syndrome is likely to be an autoimmune disorder, like adult RA. The occurrence of these antibodies in children with these diseases can sometimes cause scary confusion.A good pediatric rheumatologist knows the importance of eliminating other illnesses as causes of symptoms.
What are the lifelong consequences in children?Many patients require lifelong therapy with anti-arthritic drugs. The anti-inflammatory agents and the new disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are very useful in the later life treatment of JRA patients. Problems like stunted limbs or a shortened jaw are only a few side effects of JRA. Today, these skeletal deformities are not as prevalent since early diagnosis and treatment are much more common. Unlike many other aspects of the disease, these growth changes can be irreversible.
What type of doctor should my child with JRA see?Specialists called pediatric rheumatologists would examine, diagnose, and treat your child. They are experts in the childhood forms of arthritis.*21/141/5*

ASTHMA AND PESTICIDES: ORGANOPHOSPHATES

Monday, December 20th, 2010
Organophosphates are dangerous because they tend to attack a vital enzyme called ‘acetylcholinesterase’. Interference with this enzyme causes muscle and central nervous system disorders. Diarrhoea, muscular weakness, dizziness, impaired vision and shortness of breath are the commoner symptoms. The danger of poisoning by pesticides increases proportionately to the amount of sulphur-containing proteins in one’s diet. Captan, for example, is a fungicide used in some cultivation and home gardening. It is almost harmless to a well-nourished person but can become deadly in a protein-deficient individual. The type of protein that protects against pesticide poisoning is crucial. Laboratory animals raised on soya protein, which has a low methionine content, experience stunted growth and liver damage if exposed to DDT. Methionine is a sulphur amino acid. Low sulphur diets cause a deficiency of vitamin A by affecting its liver reserves.
Another amino acid, cysteine, is said to afford some protection from pesticides, and so are most antioxidants (such as vitamins C and E, beta carotene and selenium).
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ASTHMA AND PESTICIDES: ORGANOPHOSPHATESOrganophosphates are dangerous because they tend to attack a vital enzyme called ‘acetylcholinesterase’. Interference with this enzyme causes muscle and central nervous system disorders. Diarrhoea, muscular weakness, dizziness, impaired vision and shortness of breath are the commoner symptoms. The danger of poisoning by pesticides increases proportionately to the amount of sulphur-containing proteins in one’s diet. Captan, for example, is a fungicide used in some cultivation and home gardening. It is almost harmless to a well-nourished person but can become deadly in a protein-deficient individual. The type of protein that protects against pesticide poisoning is crucial. Laboratory animals raised on soya protein, which has a low methionine content, experience stunted growth and liver damage if exposed to DDT. Methionine is a sulphur amino acid. Low sulphur diets cause a deficiency of vitamin A by affecting its liver reserves.Another amino acid, cysteine, is said to afford some protection from pesticides, and so are most antioxidants (such as vitamins C and E, beta carotene and selenium).*31\145\2*