Research Reveals Exposure to Antibiotics May Increase the Risk of Juvenile Arthritis

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( — June 13, 2017) Orlando, FL — Today, there are many pharmaceutical drugs that have been linked with a myriad of side effects, including antibiotics. Researchers have conducted studies to determine the various adverse effects these medications may potentially cause.

Research reveals exposure to antibiotics may increase the risk of juvenile arthritis. Antibiotics are helpful in fighting infections and other conditions. While these medications may be helpful, it seems that they may also provide certain health disadvantages.

The findings were based on the study from the University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers University, and Nemours A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, which was published in Pediatrics, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

According to researchers, children who take prescription antibiotics were twice more likely to suffer from juvenile arthritis than children of the same age who were not taking any medications. It was also found that the higher courses of antibiotics prescribed, the higher the risk. It was also found that the risk seemed to be the strongest within a year of receiving this type of pharmaceutical drug.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that between 4,300 to 9,700 children below the age of 16 are diagnosed with juvenile arthritis every year.

This autoimmune disease is characterized by chronic inflammation of the eyes and joints. It often leads to vision loss, disability, and pain. In addition to genetics, there are also environmental triggers that may play a role in the onset of the condition.

According to Daniel Horton, a post-doctoral research fellow working in the Department of Pediatrics at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the research suggests that this is another reason why avoiding antibiotic overuse is essential, especially in the treatment of infections that may actually go away on their own.

Horton is the lead author of the study, and is a Biomedical Informatics Master’s Degree candidate in the Rutgers School of Health-Related Professions.

The researchers started the study in 2014. They were encouraged by the findings of previous studies that found that antibiotics may have the potential to predispose children to chronic diseases, which may include inflammatory bowel disease.

Today, more and more people are turning to natural alternatives and methods as they are believed to be safer to use than pharmaceutical drugs. Many arthritis suffers, for instance, prefer to use glucosamine supplements versus certain pain medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Glucosamine is considered to be safer to use than these medications, which may lead to side effects.


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