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Weekly news updates are currently posted on our homepages, weekly news pages and sent directly to your inbox to provide up-to-date information on what has been covered in the news regarding hepatitis C and complementary health & wellness in the previous week.

My Choices News

Week Ending June 14, 2021

This Quick Migraine Massage Can Actually Help With Your Pain
“If you’ve ever had a migraine (or just a regular headache, TBH), you know they’re the absolute pits. Yes, the pits! They’re 1) painful, 2) a nuisance to functioning as a human, 3) miserable, and, oh yeah, 4) painful!”

5 Fenugreek Health Benefits You Should Know, According to a Nutritionist
“Interest in natural remedies has skyrocketed, with more people turning to food as medicine. That means functional foods-foods that have a positive impact on health beyond the nutrients they provide-are in demand.”

Can Vitamins and Supplements Help You Sleep?
“You know the feeling: You toss and turn, night after night and nothing seems to quite do the trick. You’ve tried over-the-counter sleep aids and even some supplements, but you’re beginning to wonder if there’s a more natural way to get some extra zzz’s.”

Poor oral health linked to muscle loss and diabetes
“The strict measures implemented to prevent the spread of infection have severely reduced access to dental services. This situation led to a rapidly growing backlog of patients in need of oral treatment and care.”

How To Support Your Immune System On A Daily Basis, So It’s Ready For Anything
“Many of us tend to only consider our immunity when there’s an immediate threat: a cold going around the office, a seasonal flu, air travel, the list goes on. However, the reality is, keeping your immune system strong should take precedence at all times.”

Plant-derived compound may help treat chronic pain
“The opioid system in the human body comprises many proteins, receptors, and other compounds that all play a vital role in controlling people’s pain responses and behaviors toward reward and addiction.”

Overcoming midlife barriers to exercise and better health
“Just 30 minutes of movement—anything that gets your heart beating faster—five times a week is all it takes to meet federal guidelines for physical activity. In fact, the goal is 150 minutes a week, whether it’s split up daily or not.”

Why is gardening so good for your mental and physical health?
“With a growing body of research backing the idea that gardening can have measurable benefits to both mental and physical health, barely a week goes by in the horticultural press without a story on the positive impact it can have. As a geeky scientist, however, I wanted to know what it is specifically about growing plants that has this effect – and if we can answer this question could we make gardening an even more effective therapeutic exercise?”

Hepatitis C News

Week Ending June 14, 2021

FDA Approves Two Hepatitis C Treatments for Younger Children
“On June 10, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extended its approval of Epclusa (sofosbuvir/velpatasvir) and Mavyret (glecaprevir/pibrentasvir) for the treatment of hepatitis C in children ages 3 and older. Both combination pills are effective against all genotypes of hepatitis C virus (HCV).”

Synthetic overhaul for hepatitis C drug could ease manufacturing demands
“A team at Merck & Co has developed a five-step method for synthesising uprifosbuvir with a 50-fold increase in yield over the previous manufacturing process. The scalable strategy minimises undesirable side products and could be adapted to synthesise a range of nucleosides to help meet global demand for antiviral therapies.”

One Simple Test Prevents This Deadly Cancer
“It’s one of the deadliest cancers and yet, you might not even realize you have it or that you’re at risk… The American Cancer Society estimates that this year, we’ll see more than 42,000 new cases of liver cancer. And about 30,000 folks will die from this extremely deadly form of cancer.”

What to know about hepatitis C and psoriasis
“Psoriasis is an inflammatory condition that causes itchy patches to form on the skin. Hepatitis C is a liver disease that occurs due to the hepatitis C virus. Research is still ongoing, but evidence suggests the two conditions may interact and exacerbate each other’s symptoms.”

Hepatitis C News

Week Ending June 8, 2021

Experts encourage screenings as hepatitis cases on the rise
“New data from the CDC reports that there was also a discrepancy between the number of reported infections and the projected true number of cases.”

For Patients with Hepatitis C, a Model of Community Care
“Karen King found out that she’d contracted hepatitis C about a year after a boyfriend died of a fentanyl overdose. A shared needle was the cause, she said, although she had tried to sterilize it.”

Hepatitis C Micro-Elimination beyond Prison Walls: Navigator-Assisted Test-and-Treat Strategy for Subjects Serving Non-Custodial Sentences
“BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The Spanish prison population includes two groups: people in prison and those who are serving non-custodial sentences. The latter has not yet been studied. This study aims to describe this population and the results of a test-and-treat strategy for hepatitis C including a holistic health assessment.”

Fast Five Quiz: Are You Prepared to Confront Hepatitis C?
“Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). It is a major public health problem. Infection with HCV can lead to both acute and chronic hepatitis, varying in severity from a mild illness of short duration to a serious, lifelong disease. Exposure to infected blood is the principal mode of HCV transmission.”

Pharmacist-led HCV Treatment Programs Helps Patients Follow Through
“A pharmacist-led program for hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment could enable patients to achieve a sustained virologic response while adhering to the desired treatment regimen.”

Hepatitis C Virus Persistence after Spontaneous or Treatment-Induced Resolution of Hepatitis C
“It is presumed that resolution of hepatitis C, as evidenced by normalization of liver function tests and disappearance of hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA from serum, as determined by conventional laboratory assays, reflects virus eradication.”

The road to a hepatitis-free future
“A new California bill is taking action to bridge disparities in testing and treatment for the liver diseases hepatitis B and C.”

My Choices News

Week Ending June 8, 2021

Can Essential Oils Help with Crohn’s Disease?
“Crohn’s Disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affects over half a million people in the United States. People with Crohn’s disease often have periods of remission and then relapses of symptoms.”

ASCO: Oncologists Underestimate Patient Use of Complementary Medicine
“Oncologists may substantially underestimate how many breast cancer patients are using complementary medicine, according to the results of a survey scheduled to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, held virtually from June 4 to 8.”

Nutrition Break: Celebrate June as Men’s Health Month
“June is National Men’s Health Month which focuses on increasing awareness of men’s health problems and encourages early detection and treatment of disease.”

What Is Eccentric Exercise—And Why Should You Incorporate It Into Your Training Program?
“Going through the motions is never a good idea when it comes to fitness. Ask any trainer, and they’ll tell you it’s about quality, not quantity—and that phoning it in is more likely to hurt than help you.”

The Future Of Integrative Health And Medicine
“Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC, ABOIM, is a board-certified cardiologist, Medical Director and Founder of Guarneri Integrative Health Inc. at Pacific Pearl La Jolla, Founder and former Medical Director of Scripps Center for Integrative Health in La Jolla California, and Founding President of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. Here are insights about her important mission and including her work with Deepak Chopra.”

Integrative Medicine for Brain Health: Why Neurologists Should Care
“The field of integrative medicine is gaining a steadily growing interest base among patients and healthcare professionals alike. Defined as healing-oriented practice with a focus on lifestyle interventions, offering patient-centered care addressing physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, it can fill the gaps that many perceive in our traditional healthcare environment.”

6 Surprising Health Benefits of Pomegranates
“Pomegranates may be tricky to break into, but it’s definitely worth the effort, especially if heart disease runs in your family. Pomegranate health benefits stem from its rich supply of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants your body needs every day to keep your cardiovascular system running smoothly and prevent diseases like cancer. Half a pomegranate counts as one serving of fruit, so enjoy this bright, tart and healthy food with gusto.”

Elimination diet: Purpose, method, and more
“An elimination diet can help a person identify foods that cause discomfort or symptoms of an allergic reaction.”

Mental health and exercise
“Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka is one of the fittest and highest-earning women in the world. She is best known for her exploits on the tennis court and several endorsements in her native Japan and the USA. However, she has been grabbing headlines over her struggles off the court.”

The 7 Most-Important Nutrients for Healthy Skin
“As you’ve likely figured out by now, what you eat is a vital part of keeping your skin radiant for the long-haul. Sure, retinols and jade rollers provide their own benefits when it comes to the vitality of your dermis. But they can’t undo a diet that’s lacking in key nutrients for healthy skin.”

Moderately high blood pressure: Exercise should be first-line treatment
“The advice from the AHA for otherwise healthy adults with moderately elevated blood pressure and blood cholesterol is to “sit less and move more.” Together with the ACC, the AHA has released a new scientific statement that stresses the value of recommending physical exercise as the first line of treatment for such individuals.”

Try These Ab Workouts to Strengthen Your Core
“Whether you’re trying to build a six-pack or just trying to tone your body, ab workouts are a terrific way to get in shape and strengthen your core. Plus, ab exercises require no extra equipment and can be done from just about anywhere.”

What’s The Point Of Exercise?
“Exercise is a relatively recent phenomenon. After all, it’s difficult to imagine a caveman on a treadmill. And it’s safe to say that paleolithic humans never pumped iron. But something changed as we moved from the plow to the Peloton. Exercise — physical exertion for the purpose of improving health or fitness — became a huge part of modern life, and a nearly $100 billion global industry.


The Doctor Is In: Integrative Health & Wellness


Hepatitis C News

Week Ending June 2, 2021

Based on WHO targets, care model improves hepatitis C management in dialysis facilities
“A collaborative approach between nephrologists and gastroenterologists led to improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C virus across 31 dialysis facilities in Changhua County, Taiwan.”

A Pathway to Success on HCV Treatment and Elimination
“Hepatitis C virus (HCV) continues to cause high mortality, with the rate of HCV-related deaths among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people more than double the national rate.”

Pregnant People Should Be Screened for Hepatitis C
“Individuals should receive screening for hepatitis C during every pregnancy, according to a practice advisory crafted by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and endorsed by the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.”

What happens after curing hepatitis C? Avoiding, minimising or accepting the risks of re-infection
“As part of the Swiss HCVree trial, MSM living with HIV and hepatitis C received direct-acting antivirals for hepatitis C. Men reporting sexual risk behaviour also received behavioural counselling aimed at teaching risk reduction strategies.”

How hepatitis C virus evades the immune system
“Researchers from Osaka University discover a novel molecular mechanism by which hepatitis C virus evades the immune system to cause chronic infection”

Access to viral hepatitis diagnosis and treatment is still limited: WHO
“Hepatitis B and C cause 1.1 million deaths and 3 million new infections every year, respectively, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). But diagnosis and treatment remain low.”

Syringe Services Programs Are Vital to Ending the Hepatitis C Epidemic
“In 2015, Scott County, Indiana, found itself in the midst of one of the most severe injection drug use-related HIV outbreaks in United States history. The syringe services program was created after more than 200 people in the county of only 24,000 had been diagnosed with HIV. Since the primary cause of the outbreak was due to the sharing of the contaminated needles, the SSP enabled the residents newly living with HIV to get into care and become virally suppressed.”

My Choices News

Week Ending June 2, 2021

Oncologists underestimate patient use of complementary medicine
“In late 2020, IQVIA conducted a national survey of 115 clinical oncologists who treat breast cancer and 164 breast cancer patients who had been diagnosed within two years of the survey.

Is the microbiome another organ? Maybe we should treat it as such
“In this feature, we hear from two United Kingdom-based researchers whose work focuses on obesity and metabolism: Dr. Petra Hanson and Dr. Thomas M. Barber. They discuss the microbiome, the marketing hype behind probiotics, and the future direction of research.”

How to Overcome Beginner’s Frustration With Meditation
“Have you been meditating lately? If so, you’ve got lots of company, as people the world over have embraced the practice to find calm and comfort during the coronavirus pandemic. But if you’ve tried it and quickly given up, you’ve also got lots of company, meditation experts say.”

Restoring health and fitness with exercise
“If COVID-19 restrictions have kept you home exercising less and eating more, it could be affecting your health as could the stress, boredom and isolation of this time. Exercise can help.”

How Acupuncture Helped My Crohn’s Disease
“Treating Crohn’s disease is a tricky thing since one approach does not fit all. For some people, just taking medications is enough. Others may rely more on holistic or complementary approaches. Personally, I feel my best with a combination of both.”

Medical myths: All about allergies
“For Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, this edition of the Medical Myths series tackles some of the many myths and misconceptions associated with allergies.”

Should You Take a Food Sensitivity Test? Here’s What Health Experts Have to Say
“You might want to consider a food sensitivity test if you struggle with symptoms like headaches, skin woes, or indigestion. Here’s what to know before ordering one.”

What Is Reiki And How Does It Work?
“Reiki may sound “new age” to some, but it’s anything but new. In fact, it’s a form of energy healing with roots in ancient cultures. Reiki uses what’s known as universal life force energy—ki or qi—to improve people’s lives and ailments.”

Hepatitis C News

Week Ending May 24, 2021

What is the impact of hepatitis C on pregnancy?
“Most people with hepatitis C who become pregnant have a healthy pregnancy in which the hepatitis C virus (HCV) does not transmit to the fetus. However, hepatitis C may add to the risks of pregnancy.”

A Proclamation on National Hepatitis Testing Day, 2021
“Our efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic over the past year have reinforced many public health lessons, including the importance of communication, community engagement, and a comprehensive testing strategy to reduce the spread of infection.”

Hepatitis C testing, treatment down during the pandemic
“The COVID-19 pandemic reduced routine hepatitis C virus (HCV) testing and treatment, according to a study published online May 10 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.”

Testing and treatment for hepatitis C in children
“Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). If the infection becomes chronic, it can lead to liver damage over time. However, hepatitis C in children is treatable and often responds well to medication.”

Opt-Out Increases Hepatitis C Screening Uptake
“Twice as many eligible patients get screened for hepatitis C virus (HCV) if it is already ordered for them at the time of a reminder, according to a study published online May 18 in The BMJ.”

Discriminatory Sobriety Restrictions Undermine Public Health Efforts to Eliminate Hepatitis C
“The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School (CHLPI) and the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR) today released a new progress report detailing the changes to hepatitis C treatment access in Medicaid programs since first publishing an analysis in 2017. The Hepatitis C: State of Medicaid Access May 2021 National Progress Report (Progress Report) demonstrates that while there is better access to hepatitis C (HCV) treatment today, discriminatory practices persist in some state Medicaid programs. In particular, sobriety restrictions continue to undermine public health efforts to eliminate hepatitis C in the U.S.”

When Medicare chips in on hepatitis C treatment for Medicaid patients, everyone wins
“Untreated hepatitis C can lead to serious and life-threatening health problems like cirrhosis and liver cancer. Direct-acting antiviral therapies introduced in recent years are highly effective, with cure rates above 95%.”

My Choices News

Week Ending May 24, 2021

Dance your way to good health
“When people talk about exercise, running or lifting weights at the gym probably come to mind. But if you’re looking for something different or a little more fun, how about dancing?”

Eating 1 Cup of Green Leafy Vegetables Can Support Heart Health
“As if you needed another reason to eat your greens, new research shows that eating one daily cup of nitrate-rich vegetables can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.”

A Holistic Psychiatrist Explains The Barriers To Mindfulness In The Black Community
“Dropping into a meditation or mindfulness practice can be challenging for a variety of reasons. There’s plenty of misconceptions about what mindfulness means, how to practice it, and what the benefits even are—but as holistic psychiatrist Kimberly Sanders, M.D., tells us, these barriers extend even more deeply into Black communities.”

Mental Health Awareness Month: How Exercising Can Improve Your Mental Health
“Your Mental Health Matters!”

How to Restart Healthy Eating Habits
“Midway through cleaning out your car after another on-the-go week, a growing pile of crumpled fast food wrappers reveals a harsh reality: Your efforts to eat healthier definitely took a wrong turn.

I Thought I Was Dying & Nobody Believed Me — Then I Was Diagnosed With This
“While some health issues are visible to the outside world, many people face chronic conditions that don’t have externally visible signs or symptoms—also known as invisible illnesses. In mindbodygreen’s new series, we’re giving individuals with invisible illnesses a platform to share their personal experiences. Our hope is their stories will shed light on these conditions and offer solidarity to others facing similar situations.”

Exploring ‘exercise as medicine’
“If being sedentary is the new smoking, then UCI’s nascent Exercise as Medicine class is the modern equivalent of the old surgeon general’s warning on cigarette packs.”

How Does Complementary and Alternative Medicine Benefit Autism Spectrum Disorder?
“Autism is a disorder that responds best to treatment that is holistic and addresses all aspects of the condition. Recent research has shown a benefit for what is considered complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) or integrative medicine that focuses on pairing natural treatment approaches with behavioral therapies and treatments.”

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Is Becoming Less ‘Alternative.’ Here’s Why
“These check-ups are vital to ensure you’re healthy. But do you ever feel like you spend more time waiting for your doctor than you spend with them? Modern medicine is effective, but some people want more. That’s why the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is on the rise in the United States.”

My Choices News

Week Ending May 17, 2021

More movement, better memory
“A structure in the brain called the hippocampus is considered the seat of learning and memory. The hippocampus is located in the medial temporal lobe (MTL), a well-connected hub of brain activity that is particularly sensitive to the effects of exercise.”

What are the health benefits of jumping on a trampoline?
“Trampolining is a good cardiovascular activity, and you can gain strength by incorporating it into your exercise routine.”

You Don’t Need to Supplement Your Microbiome
“Probiotic supplements aren’t just trendy, they’re ubiquitous. You can find bottles of probiotic pills, powders, and liquids for sale at any supermarket, each promoted as a cure for various ills: digestive issues, fatigue, weak immunity, brain fog, and more.”

Using Crystals in Acupuncture
“For many millennia, crystals have been used in cultures around the world for healing purposes. The Ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians all used crystals ceremoniously. In China, crystals have been used in acupuncture sessions for more than 5,000 years.”

Deep Squat: How to Do It, Benefits, and Muscles Worked
“Squats are a main component of most lower body exercise programs. The movement is also part of many daily activities. Whether you’re squatting down to pick up something heavy or just standing up and sitting down from a chair, the movement is part of your everyday life.”

These are the effects of consuming garlic every day on vital organs
“Family of onions and leeks, the it It is a plant so special for the kitchen as to generate positive effects on our body. Originally from Western Asia, this food is considered a supplement to promote good health for those who consume it.”

What Is the Mayr Method, and How Does It Work?
“The Mayr Method is a popular diet plan that has been around for nearly 100 years. Often touted as a quick and convenient way to lose weight, the program has been endorsed by celebrities and wellness gurus alike in recent years.”

Vegetarians Have Better Cholesterol Than Meat Eaters
“Vegetarians have better cholesterol and other measurements of heart health than meat eaters, according to the largest study of its kind to date.”

Reiki’s Healing Energy Can Spread Calm and Reduce Stress
“Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a complementary health approach based on an Eastern belief that energy supports the body’s innate healing abilities. During a reiki session, reiki practitioners place their hands lightly or just above a person, with the goal of directing energy to help facilitate the person’s healing response.”

Got Back Pain? How the Superman Exercise Can Help
“If there’s one ailment that everyone can relate to, it’s back pain. While it can come in different forms and different places along our spine and from several different causes, it’s likely we all experience some sort of back pain from time to time.”

20 Healthy Fruits That Are Super Nutritious
“Healthcare professionals know that fruit is a highly nutritious, delicious, and convenient addition to any diet. With more than 2,000 varieties of fruit available, you may wonder which ones you should pick.”

Importance of Evidence-Based Complementary Medicine
“The modern-day world has many challenges and thus good health is one of the greatest blessings in today’s era. For example, a rich man with a bad health will always be unsatisfied and unhappy! “Health is Wealth”. Improving your health is an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed.”

10 Alternative Medicines Explained
“Would you call a balneotherapist when your face breaks out? How about a reflexologist when your asthma flares? No matter how weird they might seem, alternative medical practices are gaining traction in the U.S.”

Are Naps Actually Good For You? A Sleep Doctor Weighs In
“When naps are good, they’re really good. A short, mid-day snooze can feel like the ultimate self-care treat, leaving you feeling more refreshed and energized than before. Unfortunately, the opposite about napping is also true. There are those times when you settle down for a nap and wake up feeling far worse, questioning who you are, where you are, and how you got there.”

Why Would Physical Activity Improve Mental Health?


Hepatitis C News

Week Ending May 17, 2021

Can hepatitis C be transmitted to a fetus?
“The hepatitis C virus (HCV) can transmit to a fetus during pregnancy, but the risk of this happening is low. And if the transmission occurs, the baby’s immune system may clear the virus on its own.”

Decreases in Hepatitis C Testing and Treatment During the COVID-19 Pandemic
“The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has disrupted healthcare services, reducing opportunities to conduct routine hepatitis C virus (HCV) antibody screening, clinical care, and treatment. Therefore, people living with undiagnosed HCV during the pandemic may later become identified at more advanced stages of the disease, leading to higher rates of morbidity and mortality rates. Further, unidentified HCV-infected individuals may continue to unknowingly transmit the virus to others.”

Direct-Acting Antivirals Effective Against HCV Following Liver Transplant Surgery
“A regimen of direct-acting antiviral (DAA) treatments is safe and efficacious against hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections following liver transplantation.”

Hepatitis C and breastfeeding: Is it safe?
“There are no documented cases of a baby contracting hepatitis C through breastfeeding. But if a person’s nipples are bleeding or cracked while they breastfeed, it may be possible to transmit the hepatitis C virus (HCV).”

Nursing practice is associated with high risk for hepatitis C virus infection
“Nurses and other healthcare workers are at high risk of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection because of their inherently increased chances of exposure to HCV-infected blood through a needlestick or other sharps injury, which is associated with an approximately 1.8% (0-7%) risk of HCV acquisition (1). One study on the occupational transmission of HCV among healthcare workers reported that the risk ranged from 0% to 10% (2). Herein, we present the findings of an observational study describing the characteristics of cancer patients with chronic HCV whose occupation was healthcare worker.”

The Connection Between Hep C and Lymphoma
“Hepatitis C, sometimes called HCV or hep C, is a chronic condition that attacks the liver and causes liver inflammation. It spreads when someone comes into contact with the blood of a person who has hep C.”

Protecting yourself from hepatitis
“Millions of Americans are living with viral hepatitis, but many do not know they are infected. Learn what you can do to protect yourself.”

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