The Caring Ambassadors Program uses a unique approach in our work to address the elimination of viral hepatitis and specifically hepatitis C.

Our three main methods to combat hepatitis C are to Empower patients and providers to increase their knowledge of hepatitis C to improve access a cure; to Educate systems and communities on how to integrate viral hepatitis services into existing programming; and to Advocate on behalf of patients and communities to create sound policy, funding and messaging. We are honored to serve the community to help eliminate the largest infectious disease outbreak of our time; we promise to be BOLD in our approach to creating paths to health and making hepatitis C history.

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Hepatitis C News
Week Ending August 19, 2019

Late Diagnosis of Hepatitis C Virus Infection, 2014-2016: Continuing Missed Intervention Opportunities
“Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is typically asymptomatic until severe liver disease occurs and even then can remain undiagnosed for some time; thus, screening and treatment of asymptomatic persons are needed to prevent poor outcomes.”

CT Prisons May Spend $158M Treating Inmates for Hep C
“Facing a class action lawsuit, the Connecticut Department of Correction will begin testing and treating inmates for the hepatitis C virus, which can be spread by unprotected sex, intravenous drug use and tattooing, and thrives in a prison climate, the Hartford Courant reports.”

HCV-Specific T Cells Remain Functionally Impaired Despite HCV Clearance
“Hepatitis C virus (HCV)-specific T cells remain functionally impaired despite HCV clearance, which may explain why HCV cure does not lead to protective immunity and that reinfections can occur, according to study results published in the Journal of Hepatology.”

Status of, and Strategies for Improving, Adherence to HCC Screening and Surveillance
“Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) represents the second leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide and the main cause of death in patients with cirrhosis. Secondary prevention of HCC can be accomplished through the serial application of screening tests (ultrasound with or without alpha-fetoprotein) to detect the presence of subclinical lesions amenable to potentially curative treatment, such as surgery and ablation.”

Hepatitis C Drugs Reduce Liver-related Deaths by 46%
“A new study from the UT Southwestern Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center demonstrates that antiviral drugs for hepatitis C reduce liver-related deaths by nearly 50% in patients with a history of liver cancer.”

Integrative Health & Medicine News
Week Ending August 19, 2019

Why more depression treatments should include exercise
“After assessing numerous specialist studies, a new review concludes that exercise can help to both prevent depression and treat its symptoms.”

The Effects of Exercise on Your Appetite
“Are you hungry after you exercise? That might not be a problem if you’re at a healthy weight, but if you’re trying to shed extra pounds, the calories you take in could replace the ones you just worked so hard to burn off.”

3 Ways To Manage Hashimoto’s Naturally, According To An Integrative Doctor
“As an integrative physician, I’ve worked with thousands of patients over the past decade. One of the most common health issues I see is Hashimoto’s disease—an autoimmune disorder and the most common cause of hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid.”

Acupuncture Is More Popular Than Ever—Here Are 4 Proven Benefits to Know About
“More people than ever swear by acupuncture for everything from alleviating chronic pain to tempering stress. Here’s what the pros have to say about this alternative remedy’s most common benefits.”

Food Into Medicine: How To Get It Done
“What you choose to eat every day comes with their own profound effects on the overall status of your health. Research shows that the dietary habits of an individual greatly influences the risk of diseases he may potentially suffer from.”

“In this age of I’m-too-busy-for-an-actual-meal, we have become a society of snackers. (Shout out to everyone literally eating a snack right now as you read this.) Walk into any drugstore and there’s at least half an aisle devoted to protein bars.”

Holistic Medicine: What to Know About This Trending Health Approach!
“Holistic” is one of those terms that bring forth positivity or skepticism. Yet, no matter what camp you fall into — holistic-gung-ho or skeptic — holistic practices and approaches to health have ventured out of the formerly segregated “spiritual realm” and are taking their rightful place in the medical world.”

Maryland University of Integrative Health Announces New Programs

“Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) announced today that it has received approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission to offer new and revised programs.”

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