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July, 2013:Fun in the Sun!
It is the heat of summer already. July should be about enjoying the outdoors, the beach and sports. For some children, it really isn’t. Those who have the disease sometimes called juvenile arthritis have a life of pain and restricted mobility at times. This year, July is Juveniule Arthritis Awareness Month.
JA is an umbrella term used to describe the many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that can develop in children ages 16 and younger. Arthritis typically affects joints -- the word “arthritis” literally means joint inflammation: arth (joint) and itis (inflammation) – but JA can involve the eyes, skin and gastrointestinal tract as well.
At http://www.arthritis.org/ja-alliance-main.php and especially at http://www.arthritistoday.org/about-arthritis/types-of-arthritis/juvenile-arthritis/index.php you can find more information about how physical activity offers big benefits for kids with juvenile arthritis. A healthy diet is also very key, as well as managing the best treatment plan.
On July 28th, 2013, World Hepatitis Day (http://www.worldhepatitisday.info ) will help call attention to this chronic disease that can kill patients or permanently destroy their livers.
World Hepatitis Day is an annual event that each year provides international focus for patient groups and people living with hepatitis B and C. It is an opportunity around which interested groups can raise awareness and influence real change in disease prevention and access to testing and treatment.