CDC Report on Arthritis Among Veterans Released

Today, November 7, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released their weekly public health information and recommendations report (MMWR, Vol. 63, No. 44); this report has information of note for the arthritis community.  We know that arthritis is very common overall for both men and women of all age groups and ethnicities.  In the report, Arthritis Among Veterans, we learn that arthritis is more common among veterans than non-veterans overall.  Nationally, about 1 in 3 veterans (35%) have arthritis (CDC, 2014).  In Missouri, the number of veterans with arthritis is closer to 2 in 5 (37%) (CDC, 2014).  You can read the national report in full here.  Check back next week as we look more specifically at Missouri veterans.  We will feature state resources that help to improve the quality of life for Missouri veterans with chronic health conditions, like arthritis.

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