World Hepatitis Day

By Rosanne Ullman | 07/21/2014 10:48:00 AM

 

click image to zoomIllustration by Aaltazar for Getty Images Viral hepatitis kills about 1.5 million people throughout the world each year. To put that in perspective, it's more than three times the number of annual deaths worldwide from breast cancer, but much less awareness is brought to viral hepatitis. July 28 has been designated World Hepatitis Day to get people involved in lowering the viral hepatitis risk by calling for global access to treatment, better prevention programs and governmental action.

Viral hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused by a virus. While all five hepatitis viruses—hepatitis A, B, C, D and E—cause at least short-term infection, hepatitis B, C and D can cause chronic infection leading to life-threatening complications such as cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer. According to a new City of Hope study, vaccinating against hepatitis B may have a second benefit of lowering some people’s risk of contracting diabetes.

On Facebook or Twitter, you can join the “Thunderclap” to post or tweet about World Hepatitis Day and add your voice to the movement.

 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rosanne Ullman

Rosanne Ullman, Project Editor | Modern Salon Media

Rosanne has been writing for the salon division of Vance Publishing for more than 30 years, contributing landmark articles ranging from a year-long historical series in the 1990s marking MODERN SALON's 75th anniversary to a more recent, comprehensive tribute to Vidal Sassoon's impact on the industry. She was involved in the conceptual planning for First Chair and has directed several of Modern Salon Media's custom publishing projects. Rosanne holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's famed Medill School and contributes to her community through three elected terms on her local school board.

Rosanne is our go-to provider for Modern Salon Media's Healthy Hairdresser e-newsletter. You can e-mail Rosanne Ullman at rullman@vancepublishing.com.

 


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