“Hepatitis” means swelling and inflammation of the liver. It is not a condition, but is often used to refer to a viral infection of the liver. There are seven types of hepatitis. In the U.S., the most common types are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C.
Viral hepatitis can be caused by infections from viruses, bacteria, or parasites; liver damage from alcohol; and by immune cells in the body attacking the liver and causing autoimmune hepatitis. They all have similar symptoms, including, fever, fatigue, nausea, abdominal and joint pain, jaundice (yellow skin or eyes) among others.
Viral hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer and cirrhosis; and the most common reason for liver transplantation. An estimated 4.4 million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis; most are unaware of their infections.
July 28, 2012, marks the second annual World Hepatitis Day, established in 2010 by the World Health Organization (WHO). In this year, WHO established a global hepatitis program and developed a framework for the prevention and control of viral hepatitis that promotes a comprehensive approach with four strategic components: 1) awareness and advocacy; 2) data for decision making; 3) prevention of transmission; and 4) access to screening, care, and treatment.
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Oral health America works to represent the oral health interests of the American public. Through Smiles Across America, OHA reaches more than 310,000 children annually with a range of oral disease prevention and health promotion services, including dental sealants, fluoride varnish treatments, and family education. The organization also educates youth about the risks of smokeless tobacco use and advocates for policies that help underserved Americans obtain the dental care and education they need.
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The Office of Civic Engagement is partnering with Center of Disease Control and Prevention to host the 3rd Annual Sickle Cell Disease Education Symposium. The evening will include presentations from a historian that will provide an overview of the first two case histories of sickle cell disease, a CDC scientist will discuss the public health impact of SCD and current CDC activities and a national community leader will discuss the future of SCD from a community based organization perspective. In addition to providing a forum to inform patients, families, community leaders, and health care providers about the public health impact of SCD, the goal of the symposium is to promote community engagement and advocacy.
The Symposium will be held on Monday, September 13, 2010 at 6:45 – 8:00 p.m. in Speakers Auditorium within the Student Center at Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.
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