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Sunday, July 26, 2015
World Hepatitis Day
About Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus that predominantly infects the cells of the liver. This can result in inflammation and significant damage to the liver. It can also affect the liver’s ability to perform its essential functions. Although it has always been regarded as a liver disease - ‘hepatitis’ means ‘inflammation of the liver’ - recent research has shown that the hepatitis C virus (HCV) affects a number of other areas of the body. These can include the digestive system, the lymphatic system, the immune system and the brain.
Hepatitis C was first discovered in the 1980s when it became apparent that there was a new virus (not hepatitis A or B) causing liver damage. Before being properly identified in 1989 it was originally known as non-A non-B hepatitis. In 1991 a screening process was developed making it possible to detect HCV in blood samples. As a relatively new disease there are still many aspects of hepatitis C which are yet to be fully understood.
There are an estimated 150 million people worldwide chronically infected with hepatitis C. The level of infection, known as prevalence, varies widely from country to country. In some countries, such as Egypt, it is as high as15%. In the United States it is believed to be 1% and in the UK it is believed to be around 0.5%. The virus can only be transmitted by infected blood.
HCV World Prevalence
Hepatitis C is an RNA virus. RNA viruses mutate much more than DNA viruses. This ability to mutate makes the RNA virus much harder for the body’s immune system to locate and destroy it. In hepatitis C there are 6 major variations of the virus, labelled 1 to 6. These are known as ‘genotypes’. Different genotypes predominate in different parts of the world. One genotype cannot change into another. However, it is possible, although rare, to be infected with more than one genotype at the same time.
A hepatitis C infection can be categorised into two stages. The first stage is acute infection (following initial infection). The second stage is chronic infection. The acute stage refers to the first 6 months of infection and does not necessarily result in any noticeable symptoms. Approximately 20% of those infected with hepatitis C will naturally clear the virus from their body within the first six months. For the remaining 80% a chronic (long-term) infection will develop.
The course of a chronic hepatitis C infection is extremely varied and unpredictable. Some people experience very few symptoms for as long as a decade. Others can suffer symptoms almost from the start. Some will progress to develop fibrosis and cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver cancer or end stage liver disease, while others experience very little liver damage, even after many years. In cases where there is an absence of symptoms many people do not discover that they have HCV until some time after they have been infected.
Another reason that hepatitis C goes undiagnosed for many years is that its symptoms can often be put down to other illnesses. For example, depression, fatigue, skin problems, insomnia, pain and digestive disorders could all have other causes. For these reasons hepatitis C is often referred to as the ‘Silent Epidemic’.
Drug treatment to eradicate the virus has advanced greatly in the last few years. The success rates for genotype 1 are now as high as 70%. Genotype 2 still seems to be the easiest to treat, having a success rate of 80%. Genotype 3 treatment is successful in approximately 70% of people. Genotype 4 treatment seems to be successful in approximately 40% of cases. However, the treatment can have significant side effects and is definitely not suited to everyone. A vaccine remains some time off.
For more information about hepatitis, visit: http://www.worldhepatitisday.info/
Monday, July 20, 2015
"My Own Way" Music Video Debut
We are excited to help announce the debut of a new music video by our friend and mental health advocate, Jay Stolar.
My Own Way is a video created by Stolar in support of JED's Love is Louder movement. Join the conversation online with #MyOwnWay.
We all face different challenges, but there are things we can all do to reach out, feel better and love ourselves. You’re not alone - friends, family and professionals can help you through the hard times.
A portion of the proceeds from "My Own Way" will help support JED's Love is Louder movement
If you are looking for additional resources go to the Faculty/Staff Resource page on the WellU website.
Friday, July 17, 2015
The Public Safety Announcement by Nick Offerman is a little over the top but provides a good laugh about a serious topic.
This video was sponsored by the American Heart Association to shed some light on the government school lunch recommendations. If you enjoyed this video you may want to check out the blog post from the Greatist.com ,http://greatist.com/discover/nick-offerman-healthy-eating?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter_2015-07-15_mails_daily_new_header
If you want additional resources about a nutritious diet go to the Well U Stewardship in Seconds webpage to review the short videos about eating at your desk, eating on a budget and more!
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by over 90 percent of the nation's population. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with "appropriate ceremonies and activities."
There are several ways to celebrate Ice Cream month. One is to invite a few friends over to make homemade ice cream. Below is a link to 5 homemade icecream recipes including Banana Ice Cream. This homemade ice cream is easier than you ever imagined. More important, it's low in sugar and calories, and high in omega-3s, fiber, and Resistant Starch, a healthy carb that boosts metabolism and burns fat.