The symptoms of juvenile arthritis came on quickly for Ethan Berkovitz. The pain in his legs at age 8 was such that sometimes his father had to carry him onto the school bus. The good news was that after Dr. Steven Spalding, director of the Division of Rheumatology at Akron Children’s Hospital, diagnosed the disease […]
Kelli and Andrew Slater’s bouncy toddler seemed to change overnight. Addison was running and jumping one day. Then she stopped. She would no longer stand in her crib as usual after waking from a nap. “She had always been very physical,” Kelli said. “But she all of a sudden wanted to stay on the couch. […]
It started nearly 10 years ago when Caleb Thurman and his mom, Charice Fort, thought he had the stomach flu. But Caleb only continued to feel worse. After being referred to Akron Children’s Hospital, several tests revealed that Caleb had Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract. It’s an autoimmune condition with no […]
While most people associate arthritis with older adults, about 300,000 children in the U.S. have juvenile arthritis. In a recent radio interview, Dr. Mary Toth detailed everything you would want to know about this chronic condition – from who gets it to how it’s treated and whether there’s hope for a cure.
Juvenile arthritis is the most common rheumatic disease in children, affecting 1 in 1,000 kids. But thanks to advances in treatment, most kids with juvenile arthritis can lead active lives.
When Charice Fort and her 12-year-old son, Caleb Thurman, travel to Washington, D.C., June 18 – 20, they hope to tell Ohio lawmakers that safeguards like Ohio’s Bureau of Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH) have made all the difference in their life since Caleb was diagnosed with several chronic illnesses.