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.

Weekly News Update.
Caring Ambassadors Program provides 3 weekly news updates covering Lung Cancer News, Hepatitis C News, and My Choices© Update. Receive them delivered weekly to your inbox.

Weekly News Update

Hepatitis C News Update

Week Ending February 19, 2024

HEPATITIS C VIRUS ELIMINATION: AN ACHIEVABLE GOAL
“Louisiana and Washington, states with significant differences in sociodemographic characteristics, public health policies, and health rankings, provide models for screening, surveillance, treatment, and funding for other jurisdictions pursuing hepatitis C elimination by 2030.”

Changes to the Substance Use Disorder Confidentiality Regulation: Implications for Stakeholders
“Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a final rule intended to implement a 2020 modification to the federal substance use disorder (SUD) privacy statute. The final rule more closely aligns the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records regulations under 42 CFR Part 2 with the regulatory requirements under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy rule.”

Global Access to Hepatitis C Treatments
“A study published in The Lancet discusses access to reimbursement for direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) is globally uneven, with low and middle-income countries (LMICs) facing notably lower rates of reimbursement compared to high-income nations. DAAs for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection offer high response rates (>95%) and have simplified HCV treatment management, allowing non-specialist healthcare providers to treat patients without advanced liver disease. To align with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) objectives for the elimination of HCV, it is essential to support countries, especially LMICs, in enhancing access to DAA reimbursement and eliminating barriers to reimbursement, with a particular focus on removing restrictions related to the type of prescriber to guarantee universal access.”

‘All hands on deck’: GIs should continue to be part of viral hepatitis care team
“Primary care providers and other specialists often refer patients to gastroenterologists with any liver-related health concerns, as they are the first touch point for newly diagnosed patients or those living with chronic liver disease.”

WHO’s guidance for the treatment of hemophilia sparks controversy
“In the 1970s and ’80s, treating my von Willebrand disease and hemophilia B often involved a regimen that included fresh frozen plasma, platelets, and cryoprecipitate. Cryoprecipitate, a blood component derived from frozen plasma, contains vital clotting factors such as fibrinogen, factor VIII, von Willebrand factor, and factor XIII.”

NYS Test4HepC Campaign to Promote Hepatitis C Screening During Pregnancy
“Universal hepatitis C screening among pregnant people was identified in the New York State Hepatitis C Elimination Plan as a priority for moving the state towards hepatitis C elimination by 2030. Effective May 3, 2024, New York State’s hepatitis C testing legislation will require all health care providers attending a pregnant person to screen for hepatitis C during each pregnancy and document the result prominently in the medical record at or before the time of hospital admission for delivery.”

My Choices© News Update

Week Ending February 19, 2024

Redefining Cancer: A New Approach to Early Stage Diseases
“The understanding of disease biology for many cancer types has significantly advanced in recent years. However, this progress is not always mirrored in the way cancer is defined and treated. This can lead to overdiagnosis and overtreatment, particularly in cancers such as ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and low-grade prostate cancer, which pose minimal risks for mortality or diminished quality of life.”

Scientists Tame Shapeless Monster Behind 75% of Cancers
“Researchers at UC Riverside have made a groundbreaking discovery in cancer treatment by developing a peptide that can control MYC, a key protein involved in the majority of human cancers. This innovation offers new hope for targeting cancer at a molecular level, paving the way for more effective treatments.”

Revolutionizing Recovery: Ottawa Study Unveils VR Mindfulness as a Beacon for Veterans
“In Ottawa, a revolutionary study by the University of Ottawa uncovers the transformative potential of VR mindfulness training for veterans grappling with substance use recovery. This immersive approach enhances mood, state mindfulness, and overall well-being, shedding light on promising therapeutic interventions for mental health.”

Tai chi reduces blood pressure better than aerobic exercise, study finds
“Tai chi, a traditional, slow-moving form of Chinese martial art, is known to increase flexibility and improve balance. Now, new research suggests it’s better than more vigorous aerobic exercises for lowering blood pressure in people with prehypertension.”

How Exercise Can Help Boost Your Memory
“Forgetting information. Losing focus. Having difficulty doing tasks you used to find easy, like following a recipe or running errands. Struggling to remember the word for that thing…”

Exercise unleashes anti-inflammatory power against autoimmune diseases
“In a recent study published in Journal of Sport and Health Science, a group of researchers evaluated the impact of exercise training on reducing inflammation in adolescents and adults with autoimmune diseases through a systematic review of studies published over two decades.”

Women may get more health benefits from regular exercise than men
“Men and women who exercise regularly are less likely to die prematurely of any cause, including a cardiovascular event, compared to those who are sedentary. Researchers also report that women see more pronounced benefits than men from regular exercise. They added that exercise routines should contain both aerobic exercise and strength training.”

How To Get Sculpted Arms Like Miley Cyrus
“Do you feel like your arms could do with a serious tune-up but can’t afford a personal trainer or gym fees? We share a celebrity-inspired workout you can carry out at home without the celebrity price tag.”

Monday Medical: How integrative medicine can improve your health
“The more physicians and patients explore the many ways integrative medicine can be used to promote health and healing, the more it has become an integral component of American health care. “Both physicians and patients just need to have an open mind,” said Dr. Nicole Cotter, a board-certified rheumatologist and integrative medicine physician at UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center. “Every patient can benefit from integrative medicine, and every physician can benefit from introducing elements of it into treating patients. In fact, primary care physicians are probably doing it more than their patients realize. Many people aren’t familiar with the name ‘integrative medicine,’ even though they are likely using it in one form or another.” Surveys show that 40% of Americans participate in some type of integrative medicine. It combines traditional or conventional medical practices with complementary medicine modalities, so patients receive the best of both approaches.”

The time is now. 71 million people worldwide are living with chronic Hepatitis C right now. It is the largest chronic infectious disease outbreak of our time…and it’s curable. Talk to your doctor about treatment for your Hepatitis C, and don’t take no for an answer.

MY CHOICES© is a tool to help you recognize and act upon what you can control in your health care journey to achieve optimal healing, regardless of the illness you face. It contains elements of a guide book, health planner, journal, and activity book to help orient you to and plan for the journey ahead.

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