National Cataract Awareness Month – cataracts are the leading cause of visual loss in Americans 65 and older. Nearly half of adults by age 80 will develop cataracts, or clouding of the lens. This month, learn how to recognize the symptoms, find treatment, and educate others on this common (but treatable) eye condition.
National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) – The goal of NIAM is to increase awareness about immunizations across the life span, from infants to the elderly. August is the perfect time to remind family, friends, co-workers, and those in the community to catch up on their vaccinations. Parents are enrolling their children in school, students are entering college, and health care workers are preparing for the upcoming flu season. This Centers for Disease Control site provides adult and childhood immunization schedules, along with more information and resources.
National Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Month – SMA is the leading genetic killer of children under the age of two. SMA is a group of inherited and often fatal diseases that destroys the nerves controlling voluntary muscle movement, which affects crawling, walking, head and neck control, and even swallowing. One in 40 people carry the gene that causes this disease. One-half of children diagnosed with the most severe form will not reach their second birthday. There is no cure for SMA, but new understanding of the disease has lead to breakthroughs in potential treatments.


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