As an update to the series of articles that ran last year here at A News Café, I would like to remind everyone of the importance of testing for chronic viral hepatitis. The CDC revised their testing and screening guidelines… Continue Reading
Here are a few final pieces of information about testing and treatment for Hepatitis B (HBV) and Hepatitis C (HVC). Initially, HAV, HBV and HCV are tested for with a blood test that looks for antibodies. Remember your ABC’s and… Continue Reading
Main risk factors for exposure to viral hepatitis: Contaminated blood: whole blood (especially any blood products received before 1992), clotting factor (pre-1987), shared IV drug needles…think anything that might have blood cells on it….razors, toothbrushes, nail clippers, cuticle scissors (B… Continue Reading
There are five strains of viral hepatitis – A, B, C, D & E. If you fish around on the internet, you’ll also see mention of F (unsubstantiated, may not exist at all) and G (aka GBV-C), still under study.… Continue Reading
So, y’know, when you’re, like, watching TV and someone is on the news or some talking heads show and saying , “Be afraid…..be very afraid!”, and you’re, like, “Yadda, yadda, yadda……go away !”. Well, don’t you dare yadda, yadda me… Continue Reading
A new feature of the Pink Sundial Event on Thursday, October 18 will be 1,000 luminaries lighting the river trail. These Luminaries will consist of a pink ribbon bag containing a battery-operated candle. When it’s illuminated, the shining light in this… Continue Reading
Oh, c’mon – you can do this! Just sound it out… hemo… chroma… toe’… sis. Excellent! Good job! The American College of Clinical Pathologists (ACCP) recommends that everyone be tested for hemochromatosis by the age of 25. I’d be willing… Continue Reading
Editor’s note: This is Part 3 of “Your Liver, Your Health,” an eight- part series by Hollis Pickett
In a previous section, I referred to a number of liver conditions that are actually fairly rare – primary biliary cirrhosis (autoimmune), autoimmune hepatitis, Wilson’s Disease (hereditary). More information about these conditions and other more obscure liver issues can be found here or here.
All right, folks, stay with me. we’re going to get a little technical and detailed here, starting with some vocabulary and definitions.
Hepatitis – inflammation of the liver
Acute – you’re visibly ill and showing symptoms
Chronic – long-term, ongoing disease or illness – can follow an acute phase or occur without an acute phase
Fulminant liver failure – very sudden onset with widespread damage to liver tissue – potentially fatal
Fibrosis – scarring of liver tissue caused by inflammation (hepatitis)
What would you say If I asked you, “What’s the most important organ in your body?”
You might say your heart, or your command-and-control center (brain). I must concede – if your heart stops pumping, you definitely are in a lot of trouble.