August is Psoriasis Awareness Month! Each August, the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) sponsors Psoriasis Awareness Month, dedicated to raising awareness, educating the public and dispelling myths about the disease. Throughout the month, we’ll be sharing resources for treating and managing psoriatic disease. Each week, we’ll unlock a new challenge to test your knowledge and provide you with everything you need to live a full, vibrant and active life.
May is Hepatitis Awareness Month and the American Liver Foundation urges everyone to learn what can be done to prevent the spread of hepatitis. Many forms of hepatitis are preventable and can be treated if detected early. The word ‘hepatitis’ means inflammation of the liver. Toxins, certain drugs, heavy alcohol use, bacterial and viral infections can all cause hepatitis. Viral hepatitis is the inflammation of the liver caused by a virus. In the United States, the most common types of viral hepatitis are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease. Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years. The Month of May is Lupus Awareness Month and I hope to raise awareness and educate others about this life changing disease. In a healthy immune system, the body produces antibodies which destroy unhealthy cells such as bacteria, viruses and foreign waste. However, lupus causes an overactive immune system to produce auto antibodies which attacks healthy body tissue. This can affect most parts of the body including any organ.
Knowledge is POWER. Accurate and timely information is a basic element of knowledge and is essential to those who are working to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This epidemic has created more published literature than any other disease in history, and advances in research and therapy have been extraordinary. Consequently, keeping up with the most current information can be extremely challenging. In an effort to combat the threat of AIDS, healthcare facilities have mounted an intensive education and training effort to ensure that all healthcare workers know and follow the recommended measures to prevent the transmission of HIV, and that they are given the tools to pass this vital information on to others.