NIAMS, a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, supports medical research into the causes, treatment and prevention of diseases of the bones, muscles, joints and skin. The NIAMS Information Clearinghouse provides printed educational materials free-of-charge and provides referrals to professional and major voluntary health organizations. To access more information about NIAMS, visit the Web site at or call toll-free, (877)22-NIAMS (226-4267).

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