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National Health Observances 2012

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December 1 is World AIDS Day
As the world’s leading funder of HIV/AIDS research, NIH is vigorously pursuing promising research in therapeutics, prevention (including efforts to develop a vaccine), and work toward a cure. Learn more.


November 11 is Veterans Day
NIH supports Veterans health and the health of military families with research to better understand the health effects of military service. Learn more.


National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
ORWH joins other Federal offices and agencies, advocacy groups, and professional organizations this month to recognize breast cancer research and its contributions to prevention and early detection strategies that can help save women’s lives.


National Cholesterol Education Month (PDF - 201 KB)
High blood cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for heart disease. As women and men get older, their cholesterol levels rise. Before the age of menopause, women have lower total cholesterol levels than men of the same age. After the age of menopause, women’s LDL (bad cholesterol) levels tend to rise. Learn more.


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month
NIH LGBT Pride Month Program: Out of the Closet and into the Lab: A panel discussion focused on workplace issues for and about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender research, medical, and administrative professionals; Friday, June 29, 9:30-10:45 a.m., Lipsett Auditorium, Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center, Building 10, NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Month
The Department of Health and Human Services, with the Departments of Veterans Affairs, and Defense, are supporting new research to reveal the underlying causes of PTSD and related conditions. PTSD Awareness Month and PTSD Awareness Day, June 27, focus national attention on this debilitating condition and the nation’s commitment to support research, education, and treatment for those living with PTSD, as well as for their friends and families. Learn about treatment and support from federal agencies.


National Minority Health Month
In honor of National Minority Health Month, the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, NIH, will host the first NIH Minority Health Promotion Day on April 19 to highlight the work of NIH institutes and centers, federal agencies and local NIH grantees to improve minority health.


American Heart Month
Read about 3 research projects NIH is supporting in the search for understanding about how women’s hearts are different from men’s. Also includes links to more information on heart health.


Cervical Health Awareness Month
For information on tests that can detect disease, including HPV and cancer of the cervix, from Medline Plus.

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