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July 24, 2019


A Global Health Concern

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. It's most often caused by a virus but can also be caused by drug or alcohol use. Vaccines are available for some types of hepatitis.

About 325 million people worldwide are living with hepatitis and many more are undiagnosed. This is why hepatitis prevention, testing, and treatment are essential for eliminating viral hepatitis.

The Different Types of Hepatitis

The most common types of viral hepatitis are hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C.

  • Hepatitis A spreads through contact with an infected person's stool. It is vaccine-preventable.
  • Hepatitis B spreads by contact with an infected person's blood, semen, or other body fluid. It is vaccine-preventable.
  • Hepatitis C usually spreads through contact with infected blood. There is no vaccine for hepatitis C. The best way to prevent Hepatitis C is to avoid behaviors that can spread the disease.

Hepatitis D and hepatitis E are serious liver diseases that are found worldwide, but are uncommon In the United States.

If you're planning to travel internationally, check with your healthcare provider to see if you should be vaccinated for hepatitis A and B.


Helmet Safety

Sports and exercise are important for healthy kids. To prevent a head injury or a concussion, your child should wear a helmet that fits properly. Learn how to choose the right helmet for your child's favorite sport.


Eczema and Skin Rashes

There are many types of skin rashes and many reasons why you might get a skin rash. One common type of rash is eczema, or atopic dermatitis. It can cause dry, itchy skin and rashes on the face, inside the elbows and behind the knees, and on the hands and feet. While eczema can be uncomfortable, it is not contagious.


What Are Hops?

Hops are the dried, flowering part of the hop plant. They are commonly used in brewing beer and as flavoring components in foods. But did you know that hops are also used to make medicine?


Pasta Caprese

Tomatoes and fresh herbs are plentiful at this time of the year. This Pasta Caprese dish is the perfect way to take advantage of fresh ingredients and requires little cooking, so you can get back to enjoying your summer.