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Step Up

Posted on November 15, 2011 by in Hep Talk, LifeGuide, Noteworthy

LifeGuide [Hep Talk] HCV testing targets baseball lovers by Larry Buhl This summer a pilot program was launched to raise awareness of the importance of testing for the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Step Up to the Plate Against Hepatitis C is a partnership between the American Liver Foundation (ALF), Merck, the Coalition on Positive Health Empowerment, [...]

Cutting Glass

Posted on October 17, 2011 by in Hep Talk, LifeGuide, Noteworthy

A study links anal sex & meth to increased HCV rates among MSMs by Larry Buhl LifeGuide [Hep Talk] For decades it has been the conventional wisdom that hepatitis C is transmitted primarily by exposure to blood containing the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and that transmission rarely occurs from exposure to other infected body fluids, [...]

Screen Time

Posted on August 24, 2011 by in Hep Talk, LifeGuide, Noteworthy

A new study indicates age-based screening can lower hepatitis c mortality by Larry Buhl LifeGuide [Hep Talk] It is well understood that early detection can prevent serious complications and death due to HCV, yet approximately three-quarters of Americans with HCV are not aware they are infected, and many will not be diagnosed until they are [...]

Coffee, Pot

Posted on August 2, 2011 by in Hep Talk, LifeGuide, Noteworthy

Can Caffeine and Cannabis Be Helpful for HCV and HIV? by Larry Buhl Doctors agree that lifestyle choices, such as food and substance intake, play a part in the progression (or improvement) of chronic diseases such as hepatitis and HIV. Caffeine, present in coffee, tea, chocolate, cola, and some over-the-counter medications, is metabolized through the [...]

Hurdles Cleared

Posted on June 28, 2011 by in Hep Talk, LifeGuide, Noteworthy

Approved by the fda, telaprevir and boceprevir usher in a new era of treatment by Larry Buhl The first breakthrough treatments for liver disease to be approved in twenty years are about to hit the market, giving new hope for the most difficult-to-treat patients with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). In May the FDA approved [...]

Care Costs

Posted on April 28, 2011 by in Hep Talk, LifeGuide

LifeGuide [Hep Talk] New HCV Meds Are on the Horizon, but Affordability May Still Remain a Challenge by Larry Buhl This column has covered several antiviral meds in the pipeline to treat hepatitis C, the most common cause of chronic liver disease, liver cancer, and liver transplantation in the U.S. When these meds become available [...]

Dos & Don’ts

Posted on April 2, 2011 by in Hep Talk, LifeGuide, Noteworthy

Hep C Is Manageable—If You Know the Ins and Outs by Larry Buhl You’ve been diagnosed with Hepatitis C. Now what? First, don’t panic. Doctors agree a Hep C diagnosis is not a death sentence. But the virus does require some lifestyle changes and careful monitoring to avoid chronic liver disease. There are a lot [...]

Guided Response

Posted on February 2, 2011 by in Hep Talk, LifeGuide, Noteworthy

A second hepatitis C antiviral—boceprevir—moves closer to approval

Be Smart

Posted on December 14, 2010 by in Hep Talk, LifeGuide, Noteworthy

In an Effort to Prevent HCV, One Campaign Is Educating Youth on Body Art Risks by Larry Buhl In the U.S., an estimated thirty-six percent of people under thirty years-old have tattoos. During tattooing, the skin is punctured up to 150 times a second in order to inject color pigments, leaving the customer at risk [...]

Clearing Hurdles

Posted on December 1, 2010 by in Hep Talk, LifeGuide

What can we do to address the obstacles to HCV treatment? by Larry Buhl Hepatitis C (HCV) is a “silent killer” in more ways than one. It is a sneaky disease that can leave its victim asymptomatic for many years while doing massive damage to the liver. And too often it’s not talked about, due [...]