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Release: May 17, 2000

UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat May 18 on children with arthritis

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Mary Moore, M.D., University of Iowa associate professor (clinical) of pediatrics and a pediatric rheumatologist with UI Health Care, will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer discussion on children with arthritis with a nationwide audience from 9 to 10 a.m. (Central Time) Thursday, May 18.

The online chat will be hosted by AmericasDoctor.com and can be accessed by entering through the www.AmericasDoctor.com home page under "Upcoming Events."

In juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, as with adult rheumatoid arthritis, the lining of the joint is inflamed and the joint itself becomes painful and stiff. If the inflammation is not relieved by medication, the joint can be damaged. While juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is an often activity-limiting, two-thirds of children with the disease will reach adulthood without persisting arthritis or disability. Early diagnosis, well-tolerated anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy and psychological support offer the majority of affected children the ability to attend regular schools, enjoy most of the normal childhood activities and -- most importantly -- go on to adulthood with little or no lasting disability.

After receiving her medical degree from the University of Michigan, Moore completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh Children's Hospitals. She also completed fellowships in pediatric rheumatology at Texas Children's Hospital and in research immunology at Baylor College of Medicine. She joined the UI faculty in 1990.

Moore is a past board member for the Iowa Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Rheumatology Association. Her clinical interest is in pediatric rheumatology.

A calendar of other upcoming chats by UI Health Care professionals and dialogue from past chats can be accessed by logging on to www.uihealthcare.com and clicking on the AmericasDoctor.com logo at the bottom of the page.

UI Health Care’s partnership with AmericasDoctor.com is part of an increasing trend in health care toward enhancing consumer services through the Internet. According to recent statistics compiled by Cyber Dialogue, a New York firm that tracks Internet commerce, there are approximately 22 million World Wide Web users seeking health information over the Internet. Cyber Dialogue projects that number to increase to 33 million over the next year.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.