And Pains Of Joints (The Scientist, Vol:10, #6, p. 13 & 18, March 18, 1996)

Stephen Katz
SEEKING ADVICE: New NIAMS director Stephen Katz is consulting all sectors of the biomedical community to help set institutional priorities.
"Chronic, common, costly, and crippling." That's how Stephen I. Katz, director of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) since August, describes the diseases that the institute explores. NIAMS is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

According to NIAMS statistics, one in seven Americans has some form of arthritis; one in three Americans has a serious skin disease; and four of five Americans will have lower back pain at some point in their lives. "We cover over 100 forms of arthritis, all of the musculoskeletal system-from osteoporosis to low back pain to repetitive motion disorders to muscle diseases-and all of the skin diseases. In addition, we cover basic research on...

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