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Health Topics

Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases

Arthritis is a type of rheumatic disease. Rheumatic diseases usually affect joints, tendons, ligaments, bones, and muscles.

Muscle and Bone Diseases

The musculoskeletal system consists of the body's bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, and cartilage.

Skin Diseases

Allergies, irritants, genetic makeup, certain diseases, and immune system problems can cause skin conditions. See all health topics


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Find Spanish-language resources for conditions of bones, joints, muscles, and skin.

NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases ~ National Resource Center

Learn how to promote good bone health.

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Find Asian-language resources for conditions of bones, joints, muscles, and skin.

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Notice of Special Interest: High-Priority Research Topics for PA-19-053 and PA-19-056

Release: 9/4/2019 | Expires: 1/8/2022

Research on biopsychosocial factors of social connectedness and isolation on health, wellbeing, illness, and recovery (R01 Clinical Trials Not Allowed)

Release: 9/18/2019

Research at NIAMS

Labs @ NIAMS

Learn about our intramural scientists and their work.

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From the Director

Robert H. Carter. M.D.

Acting Director

Robert H. Carter, M.D., became Acting Director of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) in December 2018.

Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Press Release | June 29, 2020

NIH-funded study to recruit thousands of participants to reveal exercise impact…

Press Release | June 26, 2020


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Featured Investigator

Isaac Brownell, M.D., Ph.D.

Cutaneous Development and Carcinogenesis Section Dermatology Branch A board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Isaac Brownell is an attending physician on the NIH Clinical Center’s Dermatology Consultation Service and co-directs the Cutaneous Oncology Program at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. View Complete Profile

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