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Although most people are familiar with arthritis and its symptoms, many are surprised to learn that it affects a large number of young people. Arthritis is typically associated with the older population. But children and young adults also experience the pain and loss of function that arthritis can cause. Although there is no specific cause attributed to juvenile arthritis, research suggests that a genetic factor may play a role in its development. Juvenile arthritis awareness month creates more visibility around this condition and provides an increase in support from those young individuals who suffer from it. Understanding Juvenile Arthritis Juvenile arthritis consists of a number of conditions that affect children who are 16 years old or younger. These conditions are inflammatory and autoimmune in nature and are often referred to as pediatric rheumatic diseases. Hundreds of thousands of children are affected by juvenile arthritis, which emphasizes the need for greater…

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