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It’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September 23rd, 2022
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is observed every September by cancer organizations around the globe. According to the American Cancer Society, about 10,470 children in the US younger than 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2022, and about 1,050 children in that age group are expected to die from it. After accidents, cancer is the second leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 14. The most common cancers in children are not the same as those seen most…

The Basics Of Blood Cancers

September 14th, 2022
September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month. Blood cancers affect the production and function of blood cells, of which there are three types. White blood cells are part of the immune system. They help fight infection and disease. Red blood cells transport oxygen from the lungs to the organs and tissues. Platelets help form blood clots to control bleeding. Most blood cells form from stem cells in the bone marrow, the soft, spongy tissue inside of bones. These cells normally mature…

Defining DMD, The Most Common Form Of Muscular Dystrophy

September 6th, 2022
September marks National Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month. The term “muscular dystrophy” refers to a group of more than 30 genetic diseases characterized by progressive muscle weakness and the degeneration of the skeletal muscles that control movement. The focus of this blog, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy ( DMD), is the most common and most severe form. On Wednesday (September 7), people around the world will raise awareness through World Duchenne Awareness Day (WDAD). For the past six years, Jett Foundation has hosted…

Some Answers About Afib And Your Heart

September 1st, 2022
Your heart pumps blood that has been enriched with oxygen to the rest of your body. The typical heart has two upper chambers, called atria, and two lower chambers, called ventricles. During a normal heartbeat, your heart’s natural electrical system triggers each atrium to contract and push blood into the ventricles. Then, the ventricles contract, which propels the blood out of your heart to your body. When this process is happening smoothly, you have a normal “sinus rhythm” in which…

What Is Spinal Muscular Atrophy?

August 24th, 2022
August is typically one of the hottest months of the year, so this is an excellent time to stay indoors in the air conditioning and read a blog. The topic of this one is spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA, a genetic disorder that primarily affects infants and children. August is Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month. SMA is a neuromuscular disorder. It’s a progressive disease that destroys the nerve cells that control muscle movement, called motor neurons. With SMA, motor neurons…

Save Your Skin From Psoriasis

August 17th, 2022
August marks Psoriasis Awareness Month, a time to learn more about this chronic skin disease and its treatments. It’s also an opportunity to offer support to the more than 8 million Americans who suffer with it. There are several types of psoriasis. The most common type — plaque psoriasis — affects about 80 to 90 percent of people with the condition. It causes dry, raised, pink or red patches covered with white or silvery scales. These scaly patches, called plaques,…

Immunization: It’s Not Just For Kids

August 10th, 2022
Most people think immunization is just for kids. But National Immunization Awareness Month, which is recognized each August, underscores the importance of vaccination for all ages. After all, the adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” holds true throughout life. The term immunization refers to the action of making people resistant (immune) to certain infectious diseases, many of which can be very serious or even deadly. Immunization is typically accomplished through inoculation with vaccines. If you’re…

Caring For Children’s Eyes

August 3rd, 2022
Your baby’s vision at birth is limited but develops progressively during the growth process. While developing, your child’s vision is vulnerable to eye diseases. Untreated, vision disorders can interfere with your child’s ability to learn and play, and can lead to headaches, eyestrain and fatigue. August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, a time to concentrate on the well-being of our children’s eyes as they head back to school. There are many conditions and diseases that can affect a…

The Scoop On Psoriasis

July 27th, 2022
August marks Psoriasis Awareness Month, a time to learn more about this chronic skin disease and its treatments. It’s also an opportunity to offer support to the more than 8 million people in the US who suffer with it. There are several types of psoriasis. The most common type — plaque psoriasis — affects about 80 to 90 percent of people with the condition. It causes dry, raised, pink or red patches covered with white or silvery scales. These scaly…

Let’s Discuss Cleft And Craniofacial Disorders

July 20th, 2022
Cleft and craniofacial disorders are a diverse group of deformities affecting the face and skull. These disorders are typically present at birth and can range from mild to severe. They can impact your child’s appearance and impede critical functions such as eating and breathing. In the US, approximately 600,000 children have been diagnosed with a cleft or other craniofacial disorder. In observance of National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month, let’s discuss some of the more common disorders in…

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