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  1. Aila Berrigan did her steam project on “How does rheumatoid arthritis affect connective tissues”. She showed her presentation with watercolored painted cookies. In the slides, the cells with rheumatoid arthritis are much darker and enlarged compared to the healthy cells. At later stages of rheumatoid arthritis, these cells will become more enlarged and much darker. The objective she covered was comparing and contrasting the functions and structural characteristics of tissues. Seven of the main connective tissues covered were loose connective tissue, adipose tissue, dense fibrous connective tissue, elastic connective tissue, cartilage, osseous tissue, and blood. The functions of these connective tissues consist of supporting the muscles to the bones, maintaining structure, protecting the organs, and withstanding tension in our body. Tissues with diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis can cause an absurd amount of pain and discomfort in an individual. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that attacks the connective tissue around the joints. The connective tissues around the joints that contain rheumatoid arthritis become inflamed and aggravated causing extreme pain. The disease does this by sending antibodies to attract the connective tissue surrounding the joint. The inflammation caused by it makes it hard to treat. When diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis the patient will have it for life and be in and out of pain with days being better than other. Although the patient has rheumatoid arthritis for life he/she can do some physical exercises and can get certain medications that will aid the pain and discomfort of that joint.

    Jaret Warstler

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