Health Observances

The ASBMB will be marking national and international health observances by sharing research and stories with the public. For more information about national health observances, see the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ at-a-glance calendar. For global public health observances, see the World Health Organization’s list of campaigns.


Eczema Awareness Month
Eczema affects tens of millions of Americans, but it’s one of those conditions that is, in a way, hiding in plain sight. That is to say that eczema is so common that we don’t give it that much thought, and, at the same time, we don’t see it much because sufferers physically cover it up or stay home when the itch and discomfort make being out and about just plain miserable. That’s why the National Eczema Association is using the month of October (Eczema Awareness Month) to campaign to #unhideEczema. The ASBMB is observing Eczema Awareness Month by sharing research and articles about the condition and skin health in general.


National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
The ASBMB is observing National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by sharing patient stories, related reporting and research. Follow along at @ASBMB on Twitter and share related content using the hashtag #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth.


National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Long said to be a “silent killer,” ovarian cancer is now understood to display symptoms even during early stages, but those symptoms often are mistaken for gastrointestinal problems or simply signs of aging. Also, while the ovarian cancer rate in the U.S. has been in decline for decades, the actual number of cases and the actual number of deaths have been climbing as a consequence of having an increasingly larger and older population. Therefore, early detection remains a priority, as does developing effective therapies. With all of that in mind, the ASBMB shared stories and studies in September in observance of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.


National Breastfeeding Awareness Month
The ASBMB observed National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, which included World Breastfeeding Week (the first week of August), by sharing research on breast milk published by the society’s journals. Learn about maternal nutrition, babies’ DHA production enzymes, infant microbiomes, breast milk peptides, immunity and more below.


World Hepatitis Day
The ASBMB participated in World Hepatitis Day on July 28 by sharing research and stories about the mechanisms and effects of viral hepatitis. World Hepatitis Day is one of the World Health Organization’s eight official global public health campaigns. While advocate groups marked their observances on various dates throughout the years, the WHO picked July 28 in 2010 because the date coincides with the birthday of the late Nobel laureate Baruch Samuel Blumberg, a researcher at the National Institutes of Health who made significant contributions to the study and prevention of hepatitis B.


Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month
Each year in June, the Alzheimer’s Association organizes Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month to rally behind those with the devastating neurodegenerative disease. The ASBMB participated in the observance by sharing stories and studies of interest to patients, caregivers and researchers.


World Autoimmune/Autoinflammatory Arthritis Day
The International Foundation for Autoimmune & Autoinflammatory Arthritis has orchestrated an annual campaign since 2012 to raise awareness of diseases that are autoimmune in nature and that cause joint inflammation and pain. That includes such diseases as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and Sjögren’s syndrome, to name a few. World Autoimmune/Autoinflammatory Arthritis Day is May 20 this year. The theme, with a nod to the “auto” prefix, is “Race to Fuel Awareness.”


World Meningitis Day
Meningitis affects 1 million people globally each year. The disease, which can kill a person in 24 hours, is caused by inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. Many types of bacteria, and some viruses and fungi, cause meningitis. Some types can be prevented with safe and effective vaccines; others cannot. The organizers of World Meningitis Day (April 24) plan to highlight the many causes of meningitis. The ASBMB is observing the day by sharing articles on various meningitis-causing pathogens.


Alcohol Awareness Month
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction. This year's theme is "Changing attitudes: It's not a 'rite of passage.'"


World Tuberculosis Day
On March 24, 1882, microbiologist Robert Koch announced to colleagues at the Physiological Society of Berlin that he had found the bacterium that causes tuberculosis. Thanks to his work, and the work of many other researchers, the disease is now both preventable and curable. However, millions of people are still infected each year worldwide. Along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other organizations around the world, the ASBMB is observing Tuberculosis Day 2018 by sharing research news from scientists expanding our understanding of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and a variety of perspectives on how the pathogen continues to affect our world.


World Cancer Day
World Cancer Day was established in 2008 by the Union for International Cancer Control in Switzerland. It takes place each Feb. 4. The 2018 theme was “We can. I can.” UICC selected the theme to explore “how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.”