Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Blogger Updates: Opioid & hepatitis C epidemic


Thanks for stopping by, we begin with an article published today on Harvard Law, about the opioid & hepatitis C epidemic:

Harvard Law 
Hepatitis C Virus Infection: Another Consequence of the Opioid Epidemic
HCV is matching the grim statistics of marching hand-in-hand with the opioid epidemic and we must make sure treatment is available to everyone.

There were 42,000 deaths from suspected opioid overdose in 2016, more than in any previous year to date. These deaths illuminate the direct impact of the epidemic, but this is only the tip of the iceberg. Hepatitis C is another epidemic that goes increasingly hand-in-hand with the opioid crisis, and is likely to take a long-term toll on American lives as well.

Read the article here: Harvard Law 

In The News
Reuters Health News
June 12, 2018
Sofosbuvir-velpatasvir-voxilaprevir effective in previously treated chronic hepatitis C

Blog Updates
Welcome, check out the following patient bloggers who share tips and inspiring stories on the topic of viral hepatitis.

HepCBC 
Read a nice summary of notable headlines published in the latest issue of
The Weekly Bull.

Hep
Understanding Hepatitis C Genotypes
Hepatitis C genotypes are like different races, or breeds, of the virus. Here is the long and the short of it...

Every so often, I’ll read an article or study about hepatitis C, and feel shaken to my core. “Long-Term Liver Disease, Treatment, and Mortality Outcomes Among 17,000 Persons Diagnosed with Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection” by Anne Moorman and colleagues is a core shaker. 

Liver disease such as viral hepatitis and other liver conditions can cause damage to the liver which can range from mild to severe. 

Longtime hepatitis C activist and advocate, Orlando Chavez died from a massive brain hemorrhage on June 3, 2018 in Oakland, CA. 

View all updates: Hep

HepatitisC.net
There are many lab tests done to help diagnosis liver disease. Understanding and tracking liver lab tests can help 

This is the sixth and final installment of a six-part series called The Fallout Guide for Hep C. Six emotional 

Kim’s article I Have Hep C, I Am Not Hep C. 

View all blog updates: HepatitisC.net 

Lucinda K. Porter 
Now I am turning 65. Hepatitis C is gone, and I’ve been thinking about goals. 

View all updates: Lucinda K. Porter 

ADRLF (Al D. Rodriguez Liver Foundation)
Alcohol’s Heart Benefits May Not Apply to People With Liver Disease
Numerous articles and videos circulated on social media and reputable websites, stating that light to moderate alcohol intake offers cardio-vascular health benefits. But does this apply to everyone? Studies show that it might not be the case for people with liver disease.

View all updates: ADRLF

Life Beyond Hepatitis C
Hep C Treatment Mile Markers
I discovered a very helpful way to get through Hep C Treatment with weekly achievable goals called Mile Markers. 

View all updates: Life Beyond Hepatitis C 

I Help C
When Adult Kids Disrespect You
When we’re dealing with chronic, ongoing health problems, it can mess up the way our family relates to one another. We don’t use it as an excuse. We use wise parenting skills.

View all updates: I Help C

Other Updates
Hepatitis B Foundation
World Hepatitis Day 2018: Why is Hepatitis B testing Important?
Help us raise awareness for World Hepatitis Day (July 28th, 2018) by telling the world why it is important to get tested for hepatitis B! Create an awareness message about hepatitis B by answering the prompt below.The Hepatitis B Foundation will compile video entries for a larger video that will be released on World Hepatitis Day, July 28, 2018.

View all updates: Hepatitis B Foundation 

Canadian Liver Foundation
Keeping your liver lively!
Much of the stress on your liver can be avoided with a proper regimen of healthy eating and exercise. Here are some more helpful tips that will help you get active, and keep your liver in tiptop shape!

When NASH becomes a family affair
After a battery of blood tests and a CT scan, doctors determined she had an enlarged liver due to a build-up of fat. Once she was referred to a liver specialist, further tests and a biopsy revealed that she had non-alcoholic steatohepatitis or NASH, the most severe form of NAFLD.

View all updates: Canadian Liver Foundation

Harvard Medical School
Six common depression types
Ongoing mood, cognitive changes may require professional help

Harvard Health
A new shingles vaccine is available and recommended for adults over age 50, regardless of whether they’ve had the older shingles vaccine in the past.

Vegetable of the month: Avocado
Avocados are one of the few fruits that contain healthy unsaturated fats. These fats help lower undesirable LDL cholesterol when eaten in place of saturated fat.

View all updates here: Harvard Health Blog 

Mayo Clinic
Your digestive tract, also called the gut, contains trillions of bacteria. Many of those bacteria play a number of useful roles in the body, including metabolizing nutrients from food. While much of the bacteria in the gut are valuable, some are not. There have been studies done about how an imbalance between good and bad gut bacteria could contribute to certain medical disorders.

View all updates: Mayo Clinic

University of Michigan
Video Conferencing Helps PCPs Improve Liver Disease Care, Survival Rates
Providing physicians with virtual access to specialists can be lifesaving to liver disease patients. A new study finds that it boosts survival rates by 54 percent. 

View all updates: Lab Blog

See you soon,
Tina

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