Eye Health in the office

This week we’re focusing on eye health. Many of us spend long periods of our working day in front of a computer screen, so we’ve been thinking about the effect this has on our eyes and our health in general. This article focuses on how we can help to avoid future eye problems with some brilliant tips, like the 20/20/20 rule – take a look!

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Gemma SmithEye Health in the office
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World Hepatitis Day – Viral hepatitis in a nutshell

Viral hepatitis is estimated to be responsible for 1.4 million deaths per year, either due to acute infection or hepatitis-related complications, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The number of deaths is comparable to those caused by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and tuberculosis. This article summarises the characteristics of the five different types of viral hepatitis.

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Susanne UlmWorld Hepatitis Day – Viral hepatitis in a nutshell

National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day

The World Health Organization say at least 30% of all new HIV infections happen among 15–25 year-olds. Today is National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day and we need to spread the word, engaging, educating and empowering the young on how to protect themselves against HIV and AIDS. Susanne Ulm, a Medical Writer at Prime Global, explores the growing problem of HIV and AIDS amongst young people and highlights the latest therapies. Follow the link to read more and share it to spread awareness. Together, and especially today, we can help prevent HIV and AIDS.

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Lisa BrattNational Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day
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Principles and Science Behind HIV Testing

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2016, worldwide 40% of all people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) did not know that they had it. That’s 14 million people.

The only way to know if you have HIV is to have an HIV test.

During National HIV Testing Day, many organisations raise awareness of the importance of HIV testing. An early diagnosis can prevent further HIV transmission and allow for timely treatment. This article explores the testing methods and the development of the tests.

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Susanne UlmPrinciples and Science Behind HIV Testing

U.S. National HIV Testing Day

Today is U.S. National HIV Testing Day. However, HIV is a global issue. We want to help raise awareness of the importance of testing for HIV, to prevent the infection spreading and to ensure those affected get treatment as early as possible. We’ve written an article about the history and progression of HIV that looks at the principles and science behind HIV testing. Click here to find out more. Test Your Way. Do It Today. https://goo.gl/xTSReA

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Siobhan PetersonU.S. National HIV Testing Day
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Cystic Fibrosis – A Challenging Disease Scientists Fight Against

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a rare disease that causes damage to the respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems. Its incidence varies across the globe. In the USA, CF affects one in every 3500 newborns, and in Europe it’s one in every 2000–3000. Does the low number of patients with CF worldwide discourage scientists from finding a cure? Let’s have a look at what’s currently known about CF as well as existing and future therapies.

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Aisleen PetersonCystic Fibrosis – A Challenging Disease Scientists Fight Against
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Rare But Not Forgotten – Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common type of muscular dystrophy, which is characterised by muscle weakening and breakdown. It is a devastating disease that we still don’t fully understand, and currently there is no cure. Patients have a very limited number of therapy options. Scientists are working hard to develop new treatment therapies, but they still face many challenges.

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Aisleen PetersonRare But Not Forgotten – Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
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Depression – it’s time to take care of yourself

During mental health awareness month, many organisations around the world report on mental health, so that those who suffer from mental illnesses are not forgotten.

According to the World Health Organization, depression is “a common mental disorder, characterized by sadness, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, feelings of tiredness, and poor concentration”.

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Aisleen PetersonDepression – it’s time to take care of yourself
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HIV Vaccines – Insights into a Scientist’s Mind

There is currently no vaccine available that can prevent human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Why do scientists believe that an effective and safe HIV vaccine can teach the immune system how to fight HIV? I had a closer look at their latest research of HIV vaccines.

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Aisleen PetersonHIV Vaccines – Insights into a Scientist’s Mind

Keep in mind, mental health

The World Health Organisation estimates 1 in 4 people experience a mental health problem during their lifetime. Charities like Heads Together, Mind and Mental Health America are starting crucial conversations so we can all educate ourselves and others to understand the difficulties and complexities of mental health disorders. Read this article by Prime Global’s Susanne Ulm, exposing mental health for what it really is, not what people assume it is. https://lnkd.in/g27Yhf2

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Aisleen PetersonKeep in mind, mental health

Not So Rare

Tom and Tim finally reach a diagnosis after finding genetic faults known as AGU. The doctor couldn’t tell them much more, so they were sent to a rare disease specialist for further consultations. For Tom and Tim, and their families, it’s been a long process to reach a clear diagnosis. Sadly, like many other rare diseases, there is no therapy or treatment available. Rare diseases affect more than 350 million people worldwide. We need to support people like Tom and Tim to raise awareness of the long and stressful journey through to diagnosis, to understand the reality of living with a rare condition and to support those families affected by a rare disease.

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Andy JobsonNot So Rare
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National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day

We can raise awareness by joining the conversation and by sharing information about HIV/AIDS in youth. You never know what impact you have on other people. A lonely teenager might stumble across your tweet by accident and read more about this topic. Parents might feel encouraged to start a conversation with their children. We could try to make the world a better place, one person at a time… Susanne Ulm, PhD

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Rachel SkillenNational Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day
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Ovarian Cancer, do you know the symptoms?

80% of women don’t know the symptoms of ovarian cancer. Knowing what to look for gives women a much higher chance of catching cancer earlier, leading to a 96% survival rate. It’s crucial that we raise awareness, to educate women about what the signs of ovarian cancer are and to encourage them to see a doctor to get checked out.

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Erica BrockmeierOvarian Cancer, do you know the symptoms?