Monday, August 3, 2009

August is _____ Month

As we roll merrily into August, there are lots of special health issues to highlight. August is host to...

Cataract Awareness Month
"A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision," according to the National Eye Institute. More than half of all Americans will develop a cataract by the age of 80.

Children's Eye Health and Safety Month
If anyone has ever told you to "Be careful - you'll put an eye out!", this month is the time to thank them for helping you keep your vision intact.

National Immunization Awareness Month
According to the WHO, immunization is the process used to make a person immune or resistant to an infectious disease, typically by giving them a vaccine.

Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) "is the leading genetic cause of death in infants and toddlers," according to the SMA Foundation. SMA is caused by an absence or defect in a person's genes that causes their brain to lose control of motor function, which eventually leads to the deterioration of muscles. Approximately 7 million Americans are carriers for this disease.

Psoriasis Awareness Month
According to the Mayo Clinic, psoriasis is a common chronic skin condition that can cause cells to build up rapidly and create scaly or red patches. For some of the 7.5 million Americans, psoriasis is merely an irritation, or others it can be debilitating.

We hope you'll take some time to learn more about these conditions this month - and let us know if you come across any interesting research!

Source: National Health Information Center

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