Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday Update - From Your Favorite HCV Bloggers

Sunday Update - From Your Favorite HCV Bloggers

I just love spending Sunday reading all the new hepatitis C articles written by the best of the best bloggers across the web. You too?

Lets get started with Rick Nash, a young, handsome and talented writer, the blog is: C Anything But Average.

In a recent entry, Rick shared some awe-inspiring news, and valuable information, but you'll need to read it for yourself. He also needs your help, what can you do? Find out here.

Next up, "Scary Hair with Hepatitis C," Karen Hoyt the author of "The Liver Loving Diet," offers some valuable solutions for hair problems, read it over at For more words of wisdom take a look-see at Karen's blog, "Your Best Friends Guide To Hepatitis C." Karen writes from a patients' perspective about living with and treating hepatitis C, cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver failure. For the record, Karen does not have scary hair, she is perfect in every way.

Read other recent headlines, here.

What's new over at Lovely Lucinda's, statistics and sharks! Lucinda Porter points out that: "Medical error is the third leading cause of death in the U.S." Followed up with "This is scarier to me than jumping into a shark tank." Here is the article, The Real Health Risks That Threaten Us.

I simply love and admire Lucinda, she is an angel of knowledge, with a wicked sense of humor.

Over at HEP Blogs, Carleen McGuffey writes about One Time Use Syringes: "Every month we hear about a situation in a hospital, nursing home or clinic where the Hepatitis-C virus has potentially infected several people, the culprit is almost always dirty syringes."  Read the article here.

This next blog entry is a must-read, in a two part article, Connie M. Welch interviews a HCV patient about her experience with Viekira: Connie: "Is there any advice you can offer other Hep C patients or their families about treatment?" Denise: "Take it one day at a time. If you feel tired, rest as much as you can. Watch what you eat. Get ready for battle, and do your reading about Hepatitis C."
Begin here.

Finally, the staff at HEP put together "5 Fun Ways To Learn More About Hepatitis C."

If you have the time, make sure to check out the " 2017 Hepatitis C Treatment Pipeline," written by Benjamin Ryan.

To read additional blog entries at HEP, click here.

Elsewhere On The Web

End Hep C SF
Mission Statement: To support all San Franciscans living with and at risk for hepatitis C to maximize their health and wellness. We achieve this through prevention, education, testing, treatment, and linkage to reduce morbidity and mortality related to hepatitis C.

Blog: Voices
See below for voices of our End Hep C SF members reflecting on how the work they do connects to the larger vision of HCV elimination.

The Pharmacist’s Role in Hepatitis C Elimination
Written by Priyanka Patneedi on Mar 17, 2017
Hepatitis C is a chronic condition for which a cure exists, but at a cost that is so high it often creates barriers to treatment. Even with the introduction of newer and more effective medications, cost-sharing mechanisms such as plan premiums, deductibles, co-payments, and coinsurance created barriers to treatment. This has produced a large pool of patients infected with HCV who are willing but unable to access a cure.1 Removing the barrier of costs associated with Hepatitis C medications while supporting optimal treatment provision is one of the many important roles of a pharmacist.

Curing Hep C Without Walls
Written by Jessica Naugle on Mar 17, 2017
The Street Medicine component of the San Francisco Department of Public Health is a small team of providers and nurses who provide healthcare for people without homes who have trouble integrating into traditional healthcare settings. We provide drop-in clinic hours in an accommodating setting, and also provide healthcare on the streets, in parks, in SRO hotels, and in shelters. We work closely with several programs, including the Homeless Outreach Team, who work to connect the most at risk and chronically homeless to housing and other services. Our goal is to stabilize patients and transition them to traditional primary care. However, this can be a long process, so we take on most primary care goals with our patients.

Read all articles @ Blog: Voices

Helpful Links
Premier Hepatitis C Websites, Blogs and Support Forums

Full Text Articles
I highly suggest you follow Henry E. Chang on Twitter if you are interested in reading full text articles about the treatment and management of hepatitis C.

Here is todays tweet.
This review article is must-read for anyone interested in innovations & future directions in HBV HCV testing

Enjoy the rest of your day.

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