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Babies as young as six months can be struck with childhood arthritis. One four year old in Singapore took a year and 14 different doctors to be diagnosed with the condition. The condition is frequently undiagnosed or misdiagnosed in children leading to unnecessary suffering. Early treatment with drugs and physiotherapy can alleviate symptoms and pain. Older drugs were cheap but had side effects such as obesity, gastric pain and increased infection risk. Newer, better drugs however can cost as much as $2,000 a month.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Channel NewsAsia
About: Juvenile arthritis can affect infants
Date: 15 May 2005
Source: Channel NewsAsia
Author: Asha Popatlal
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