Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Blog Updates: Taking Harvoni & Fighting Hepatitis in Cambodia

Blog Updates From Around The Web
Welcome, sit back and enjoy the following articles written by dedicated men and women that help change the way we think about viral hepatitis.

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The Hill
The Hill is the premier source for policy and political coverage, reporting on every aspect of the business of Washington and the campaign trail. The views expressed by contributors are their own and are not the views of The Hill.

Capping Medicaid threatens our ability to care for poorest, sickest patients
By Sherry Glied and Richard Frank, opinion contributors
Another strategy for avoiding high-cost patients could be even more dangerous. States have considerable leeway in choosing to cover specific treatments or medications. For example, when Sovaldi, a new, very effective treatment for Hepatitis C entered the market in 2014, state Medicaid programs spent an unexpected additional $1.3 billion on these drugs; many cash-strapped states sought to restrict access to the drug. The federal government, using the power of its purse strings, clarified that states were required to provide access to “medically necessary treatments.”
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Weekly Bull

HepCBC is a non-profit organization run by and for people infected and affected by hepatitis C. Our mission is to provide education, prevention and support to those living with HCV.

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HEP - Blog Updates
Hep is an award-winning print and online brand for people living with and affected by viral hepatitis. Offering unparalleled editorial excellence since 2010, Hep and Hep Magazine are the go-to source for educational and social support for people living with hepatitis.

Hepatitis C: Good News for a Change
By Lucinda K. Porter, RN
Hepatitis C and bad news never go on vacation. It's time for some good news.
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Some Tips For Taking Harvoni
By Greg Jefferys
Some suggestions on how to improve bioavailability of hepatitis C medicines.
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Médecins Sans Frontières/ Doctors Without Borders (MSF)
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation. We offer assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. Our actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of neutrality and impartiality.

Fighting Hepatitis in Cambodia: Reminders
Medical Doctor  - Theresa Chan in Cambodia
Being cured of a disease like Hepatitis C isn't just a case of finding the right treatment. Patients must also stick to a long drug regimen, taking...

Fighting Hepatitis in Cambodia: A fish on a bicycle
With her medical interpreter off to a new role, Theresa has been finding new ways to contribute to the MSF hepatitis C project in Phnom Penh,...

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At HepatitisC.net we empower patients and caregivers to take control of Hepatitis C by providing a platform to learn, educate, and connect with peers and healthcare professionals

If it isn’t one thing…
By Daryl Luster - June 26, 2017
As I am fond of saying, if it isn’t one thing, it is six. The original version goes like “or another” instead of six but I have to tell you it is...

Pamela Anderson Still Healthy Post–Hepatitis C Treatment
By Jenelle Marie Pierce - June 25, 2017
Pamela Anderson is a Canadian woman who was first discovered at a sporting event. She went on to become a cast member of the 1990s sitcom Home Improvement before becoming internationally known...

Lessons Learned
By Daryl Luster - June 23, 2017
Recently I saw something about lessons learned, and I thought I might tackle it from my screwball perspective. I thought what the heck, I might as well. I am a fan of...

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Hep BOOMers
Hep BOOMers is dedicated to the millions of Baby Boomers who contracted hepatitis C and to the boom in medical research that could cure them.

Hepatitis drug coverage in English-speaking countries
Posted on June 25, 2017 by Elizabeth
Today I have a few updates about drug coverage in some English-speaking countries

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MD Whistleblower
Michael Kirsch, M.D.
I am a full time practicing physician and writer. I write about the joys and challenges of medical practice including controversies in the doctor-patient relationship, medical ethics and measuring medical quality. When I'm not writing, I'm performing colonoscopies.

Why I Don't Prescribe Pain Medicines

It may seem strange that a gastroenterologist like me does not prescribe pain medicines. Let me rephrase that. I don’t prescribe opioids or narcotics. I write prescriptions for so few controlled substances that I do not even know my own DEA number. You might think that a gastroenterologist who cares for thousands of patients with abdominal pains would have a heavy foot on the opioid accelerator. But, I don’t. Here’s why.

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Hepatitis B Foundation
The Hepatitis B Foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for hepatitis B and helping to improve the lives of those affected worldwide through research, education and patient advocacy. Our monthly electronic newsletter, provides research updates, healthy liver tips, information on public health initiatives, and other HBF news.
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You Have Hepatitis B, Will Liver-Detox Diets or Supplements Help? Experts Weigh In
By Christine Kukka
Manufacturers and health “gurus” around the world market liver detox diets and supplements that promise to remove toxins, reduce inflammation, strengthen the immune system and help you lose weight. But do they help people with chronic hepatitis B?

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In The News

Hepatitis C Rates in Young Adults Increasing in California
By California Department of Public Health - June 27, 2017, 10:15:42 AM

SACRAMENTO June 27, 2017 – New data released today by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) show an increase in newly reported hepatitis C cases among young adults in the state. Between 2007 and 2015, newly reported hepatitis C infections increased 55 percent among men 20-29 years of age and 37 percent among women in the same age group.
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Hot Topics
Hep C Experts Condemn Cochrane Review Dissing Direct Antivirals
In an extraordinary show of unity, hepatitis C researchers, clinicians, and advocates have denounced the Cochrane analysis and its implications, pointing to clear-cut evidence that current DAAs not only cure hepatitis C, but also reduce the risk of liver transplant, cancer, and other complications later in life.

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