April is National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month.
In 2008, Congress declared April as National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month to bring more
attention to this rare, multisystem disease. Sarcoidosis causes inflammation, called granuloma,
in different areas of the body. With treatment, many people recover, although it can take
several years. Others may have a harder time and can suffer greater organ damage. Even
when symptoms subside—called remission—sarcoidosis can return. In rare cases, sarcoidosis is
fatal. Researchers don’t yet know what causes it.
The National Sarcoidosis Society (NSS) was established in 1995 by Glenda Fulton,
a 33 year old survivor of the disease, to address the lack of educational awareness
information on this debilitating disease. The NSS provides services, educational awareness,
advocacy, referrals and supports research initiatives.
LifeScience Moment: Earth Day was held for the first time.
On April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day was held and the modern environmental movement was born.
A proposal to establish "Earth Day" was submitted the previous October by John McConnell to Peter Tamaris with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Gaylord Nelson, a Democratic Senator from Wisconsin was instrumental in founding Earth Day as a teach-in and to "force this issue onto the national
agenda.” 20 million Americans demonstrated across the nation.
Senator Nelson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton
in 1995 -- the highest honor given to civilians in the United States -- for his role as Earth Day founder.
Life Science Evolution Posters
It's a Small World
MRSA Bacteria (Photo Credit: Janice Haney Carr)
"Only one thing is certain--that is, nothing is certain. If this statement is true, it is also false."