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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 and especially at 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.

Daily Life With <span>JA</span>

            On July 28th, 2013, World Hepatitis Day ( ) 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.
The World Hepatitis Alliance first launched World Hepatitis Day in 2008 in response to the concern that chronic viral hepatitis did not have the level of awareness, nor the political priority, seen with other communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. It can be caused by several viruses. The main types in the United States are A, B, and C. Type A symptoms are often similar to a stomach virus. But most cases resolve within a month. Hepatitis B and C can cause sudden illness. However, they can lead to liver cancer or a chronic infection that can lead to serious liver damage called cirrhosis.   If unchecked, that’s why patients can die either from the disease or waiting for a liver transplant. 
You can prevent getting the disease, of course, by not drinking to excess or using IV drugs and by adhering to PPE (personal protective equipment) rules if you are a healthcare provider/worker.  Sometimes, you can get Hepatitis A from food such as seafood, which is a self-limiting illness and not a chronic disease. 
Currently, vaccination is only available to protect against hepatitis A and hepatitis B. These forms of hepatitis are caused by viral infections that can be prevented with safe and affordable vaccines. They are available for anyone interested, but are strongly recommended for people at high risk for exposure. At this time, there is no vaccine for hepatitis C.
Human Anatomy: Antererior View of the Liver