"Hepatitis" means inflammation of the liver and also refers to a group of viral infections that affect the liver. The most common types are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. Viral hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer and the most common reason for liver transplantation. An estimated 4.4 million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis; most do not know they are infected.
It's a peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers, and a perfect time to educate your patients, family, friends, co-workers and others about these diseases.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has more information.
Our hands carry many things, among them…germs. Although people around the world clean their hands with water, very few use soap to wash their hands. Washing hands with soap removes germs much more effectively.
Some facts about hand washing:
According to the World Health Organization, safety starts here.
Mother’s Day is the official kick-off for NWHW, The week also serves as a time to help women understand what steps they can take to improve their health.
Learn more about women's health at womenshealth.gov.
This observance provides an opportunity to recognize and thank the many volunteers, community members, health professionals, and scientists who are working together to find a safe and effective preventive HIV vaccine. It is also a day to educate communities across the nation about the importance of preventive HIV vaccine research.
TCPH’s Adult Health Services offers more information and testing regarding HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
TCPH's Preventive Medicine Clinic (PMC) is a specialty clinic housed within Tarrant County Public Health that specializes in the care and treatment of people diagnosed as HIV positive.
More about HIV Vaccine Awareness Day.
Each year, Healthy and Safe Swimming Week focuses on simple steps swimmers and pool operators can take to help ensure a healthy and safe swimming experience for everyone. The theme for Healthy and Safe Swimming Week 2015 is Make a Healthy Splash: Share the Fun, not the Germs.
Tarrant County Public Health regularly inspects public pools, spas and Public Interactive Water Features (such as water parks) within specific contracted cities.
Anyone who has lived for a while in North Texas knows that the warm weather that starts in May can soon turn into oppressive heat. Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and even more heat-related illnesses.National Weather Service web page at NOAA.gov.
Not only is tobacco use a major health concern around the world, but in many places it is illegal. The illicit trade of tobacco products a major global concern . The tobacco industry and criminal groups are among those who profit from the illegal tobacco trade, leaving the public to pay the health and security costs.
Closer to home, TCPH's Freedom From Smoking program provides a step-by-step plan to help individuals break the habit of tobacco use.
More about World No Tobacco Day.
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