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.

Week Ending May 20, 2019

Opioid epidemic sparks new health crisis – hepatitis C
Kentucky is a state hit hard by the opioid epidemic. “I was in New York for 10 years and I’ve never seen people inject this many times,” said Donald Davis of the Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition. The use of IV drugs is now fueling another crisis – hepatitis C.

Project Aims to Eradicate Hepatitis C in Perry County
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 16, 2019) – Jennifer Havens, Ph.D., professor of behavioral science in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, faculty member in the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research and member of the team awarded $87 million through the National Institutes of Health’s Healing

Predictive factors for not undergoing RNA testing in patients found to have hepatitis C serology and impact of an automatic alert
Researchers examined patients with positive hepatitis C virus (HCV) serology for predictive factors for not undergoing RNA testing and the effect of implementing an automated electronic alert with recommendations in clinical practice.

Local VA Medical Center part of crucial Hep C research
Murphy Christopher served in the Army from 1972 to 1975. During that time he contracted Hepatitis. “They isolated me for a few weeks. Then released me and sent me back to my unit overseas. Christopher is one of 528 veterans cured of Hepatitis C at the Reno VA Medical Center. That’s after the team there made 13,906 contacts beginning in 2014. No other VA facility in the country can come close to those numbers.

Walking and strength training may decrease the risk of dying from liver disease
Physical activity, including walking and muscle-strengthening activities, were associated with significantly reduced risk of cirrhosis-related death, according to research presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2019.

Risk for Liver Cancer Associated With HCV-Induced Epigenetic Changes
Epigenetic and gene expression alterations associated with risk for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) have been identified in an analysis of liver tissue obtained from patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, both with and without a sustained virologic response (SVR) to direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy.

WHO Releases HCV Policy Brief for People Who Inject Drugs
The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new policy brief detailing the current landscape of hepatitis C virus (HCV) care in people who inject drugs (PWID), as well as people in prison.

Week Ending May 20, 2019

How to Recharge Your Mind and Body with Therapeutic Yoga
“Yoga is one of the most sought after and used forms of complementary medicine.”

5 reasons to embrace ayurveda
“Unlike modern medicine, traditional ayurvedic techniques look at human health and healing from the prism of lifestyle, habits and behaviour. Read on to know how it can help you manage certain conditions effectively without inflicting side effects.”

Are Onions and Garlic Healthy? Here’s What Experts Say
“Garlic and onions are staples for many home cooks. But do these plants actually add any health benefits to your dishes? Or are they purely for flavor?”

The wellness trap: Why women are turning to alternative treatments

“How a problem with medicine has led to the rise of the ‘wellness’ industry. It’s usually not the first place women turn.”

The Two Best Dietary Changes You Can Make To Boost Gut Health 
“Paleo, keto, vegetarian, vegan? These days, sorting out what we’re supposed to eat for optimal health can be incredibly confusing—with seemingly contradictory dietary approaches being touted as the end-all-be-all approach to wellness by different groups.”

How lifestyle changes can decrease risk of chronic inflammation
“Inflammation happens when our body is injured or infected. The body responds by attacking the problem to promote protection and healing. Acute inflammation is normal and healthy.”

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