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Release: May 17, 2000
UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat May 18 on children with
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
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
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 Cares 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.