Missouri Arthritis Advisory Board Orientation/Resource Information

The Missouri Arthritis Advisory Board (MAAB) advises and assists the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), Missouri Arthritis and Osteoporosis Program in developing and implementing programs, to partner and to provide education and community-based services for people with arthritis and related conditions, and to reduce the disability of rheumatic disease and improve quality …

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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) – Discoid Lupus Lupus is an autoimmune disease and is classified under the umbrella of arthritis. The disease can affect various parts of the body including the skin, joints, blood, and kidneys. With lupus, the immune system loses its ability to tell the difference between foreign substances and its own cells …

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Osteoporosis is often described as a pediatric disease that manifests itself in old age. However, osteoporosis is not, and should not, be considered part of the normal aging process. The word osteoporosis means porous bone; and is defined as a metabolic bone disease that is characterized by low bone mass and microarchitectural deterioration of bone …

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The word arthritis applies to more than 100 different conditions of unknown or varied causes. Joint involvement is the most characteristic aspect of arthritis, but various forms can also result in such problems as kidney disease, blindness, and premature death. Arthritis causes pain, loss of movement, and sometimes swelling of joints and tissues. Common forms …

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