In 2008, Congress declared April as National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month to bring more attention to this rare, multisystem disease. Five years later, we are slowly but surely making progress, both in public awareness and in research of sarcoidosis. Purple is the color of the ribbon for sarcoidosis awareness.
Sarcoidosis causes inflammation, called granuloma, in different areas of the body. Because it can appear anywhere from the lungs to the eyes to the heart, it can manifest in a variety of symptoms including swollen lymph nodes, skin sores, and lumps in the lungs—or no symptoms at all. 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 sarcoidosis.
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The James A. Watson Wellness Center-5709 Market Street, Oakland, CA 94608
The James A. Watson Wellness Center is an African-American health care center focusing on disparities in disease within the African-American community. This 54-year old, 12,000 square foot facility houses a pharmacy, lab, and clinics for women, children, men, re-entry and seniors. The Center continues to focus on those who are professionals, working class, those with busy schedules, those who have low income, uninsured (Medi-Cal, indigent), seniors (Medicare population) and those with chronic disease (hypertension, diabetes, cancer, cardiac disease, HIV). Through its provider of medical services (PCN), 501 (c)3 (PCP), volunteerism, and limited grant funding, the facility maintains its commitment to those at greatest need. Four providers, Dr. Marcia Redwood, Dr. Tyrone Snipes, Omar Staples, P.A. and Dr. Geoffrey Watson, have made it possible to provide high quality care on same day/walk-in bases or scheduled appointments when convenient.