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National Health Observances

November 2011

American Diabetes Month

Researchers have found that the length of time a person carries excess weight directly contributes to an increased risk for type 2 diabetes. In other words, because today's children are expected to receive a larger lifetime "dose" of obesity, their chances of developing diabetes at some point in their lives will be greater. To learn more, visit our resource pages .

GERD Awareness Week

Heartburn and acid reflux strike many people as an annoying and painful but ultimately harmless problem -- a result of overindulgence and gluttony that must be endured, much like a hangover after a night of drinking. But frequent bouts of heartburn and reflux constitute a real medical condition known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, and GERD is on the rise worldwide. To learn more, visit our resource pages.

October 2011

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

New tests are allowing doctors to figure out what genetic or biological factors are driving each individual woman's type of cancer, and new therapies are being targeted to directly attack those specific factors -- information that cancer experts intend to emphasize during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. To learn more, visit our resource pages .

Mental Awareness Week

An estimated one in five people will suffer from a mental or neurological disorder at some point in their lives, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Yet two-thirds of people with a known mental disorder never seek treatment. To learn more, visit our resource pages.

September 2011

National Cholesterol Education Month

Advances in medical science have made it easier than ever to lower dangerous cholesterol levels. To learn more, visit our resource pages .

National Head Lice Prevention Month

Head lice truly are nasty little buggers -- parasitic insects that infest the head, eyebrows and eyelashes of their human hosts and cause the creepiest tickling sensation along the scalp. To learn more, visit our resource pages.

August 2011

National Immunization Awareness Month

Vaccine-preventable disease levels are at or near record lows. However, we cannot take high immunization coverage levels for granted. To learn more, visit our resource pages .

Psoriasis Awareness Month

According to the National Institutes of Health, as many as 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis. To learn more, visit our resource pages.

July 2011

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

Arthritis also affects hundreds of thousands of kids in the United States. Children and teens with juvenile arthritis face a lifetime of aching joints and impaired mobility if the disease isn't caught in time. To learn more, visit our resource pages .

UV Safety Week

Ultraviolet, or UV, rays can cause significant damage to unprotected eyes, resulting in a number of different illnesses and disorders that can rob people of their sight To learn more, visit our resource pages.

June 2011

National Men's Health Week

Once a man has decided to take charge of his health, what's next? An array of available tests can help determine if particular steps need to be taken. To learn more, visit our resource pages .

National Headache Awareness Week

Headaches can tell a lot about a person. They can indicate things you're doing that aren't good for you. They also can warn of serious illness. To learn more, visit our resource pages.

May 2011

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Physical activity helps the body regulate blood sugar levels and lower blood pressure, reducing the chances of developing diabetes or heart disease, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To learn more, visit our resource pages .

National Celiac Disease Awareness Month

Complaints of celiac disease are on the rise in the United States, with more and more people growing ill from exposure to products containing gluten. To learn more, visit our resource pages.

April 2011

National Minoriy Health Month

Minorities, on average, occupy a lower rung on the socioeconomic ladder, which makes it difficult for them to get quality health care. To learn more, visit our resource pages .

National Autism Awareness Month

It is estimated that one in every 110 children is diagnosed with autism, making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. To learn more, visit our resource pages.

March 2011

National Nutrition Month

Everyone can benefit from eating healthy foods, but not everyone has the same nutritional needs. To learn more, visit our resource pages .

Poison Prevention

A poison is a substance that has toxic effects and may injure you or make you sick if you are exposed to it. To learn more, visit our resource pages.

February 2011

American Heart Month

Pumping up Heart Health can create a healthier population. To learn more, visit our resource pages .

National Donation Day

Every single adult in the United States is carrying around the raw materials to save at least one life, and possibly more than one. To learn more, visit our resource pages.

January 2011

Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma is a group of eye disorders leading to progressive damage to the optic nerve, and is characterized by loss of nerve tissue resulting in loss of vision. To learn more, visit our resource pages .

National Birth Defects Prevention Month

Although the cause of most birth defects are still unkown, the good news is that are ways to prevent some birth defects. To learn more, visit our resource pages.

December 2010

National Hand-Washing Awareness Week

Who washes their hands in public restrooms? Women more often than men, it seems. Read More To learn more, visit our resource pages .

Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Choking hazards have long been a leading cause of death in children, prompting the creation of warning labels detailing small parts and recommending minimum ages for certain toys. Read More To learn more, visit our resource pages.

November 2010

National Hospice/Palliative Care Month

People facing a fatal illness often find their fears and pain exacerbated by lack of control. Hospice care, however, can give back some control. To learn more, visit our resource pages .

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung cancer is the most deadly form of cancer in the United States, killing about 157,300 people every year -- more than colon, breast and prostate cancer combined, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. To learn more, visit our resource pages.