The dog days of summer are upon us, which means any rare moments of free time are likely spent lounging by the pool or soaking up some sun while wearing a healthy slathering of sunscreen. Why not use that downtime to learn about some of this month’s medical awareness campaigns? Here are just a few.
This month, the Arthritis National Research Foundation wants to make sure you know that arthritis doesn’t just afflict the elderly – kids get arthritis, too. In fact, nearly 300,000 children in the U.S. suffer from juvenile arthritis. Help spread awareness and advance research by tweeting, buying arthritis awareness gear, or making a donation.
Thousands of individuals in the U.S. are affected by cleft and craniofacial conditions each year. While it is widely thought that such conditions are solely the consequence of birth defects, they can also result from trauma, burns, and disease. With National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month, AmeriFace and cleftAdvocate aim to promote awareness and prevention of these conditions. Member organizations across the country offer support and information throughout the month of July and beyond.
World Hepatitis Day, July 28
Earlier this year, the World Health Organization adopted the first-ever elimination strategy for viral hepatitis, which includes a goal to eliminate hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030. To support this, World Hepatitis Day 2016 will serve as the launch of NOhep, a global movement to bring people together and provide a platform to speak out and take action.
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