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Protect Yourself from Hepatitis B

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Did you know that 1.2 million people in the U.S. have chronic Hepatitis B, but many more people don’t know they’re infected because they have no symptoms? Hepatitis B is a contagious liver disease that can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious illness that can lead to…

Surgeon General Urges Physicians to Test Baby Boomers for Hepatitis C

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As we begin the observance of Hepatitis Awareness Month, Acting Surgeon General Dr. Boris D. Lushniak has released a timely Surgeon General’s Perspective [PDF 936KB] in the May issue of Public Health Reports . In publication since 1878, the peer-reviewed Public Health Reports is the official journal of the U.S. Public Health Service. In his column, Dr….

Drug Diversion in Health Care Settings Can Put Patients At Risk for Viral Hepatitis

Kimberly New

I do healthcare facility drug diversion education, program development, and investigations for a living. Drug diversion involves the diversion of drugs from legal and medically necessary uses towards uses that are illegal and typically not medically authorized or necessary. Many people find it difficult to believe that drug diversion can occur in a health care…

Black Voices: Home In Story

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Storytelling is a tool for self-expression; a method for transferring information. It is a practice so innate to our human construction that we perform story, naturally, several times daily, without ever pausing to realize that we’ve done it. Just think… how often do we answer everyday questions with story? Ever found yourself wrapped-up in a…

Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace totals over 8 million people

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More than 4.8 million additional Medicaid/CHIP enrollments Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace surged to eight million at the end of the first enrollment period, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today. The final enrollment reporting period spans from October 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014, and includes “in line” and other enrollment activity (such as…

Updated HHS Adult and Adolescent Antiretroviral Treatment Guidelines Released

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The HHS Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents announces the release of the updated Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1-Infected Adults and Adolescents. Key additions and revisions to the guidelines include: Addition of “Cost Considerations and Antiretroviral Therapy,” a new section that discusses strategies to contain costs without compromising treatment effectiveness….

An Invitation to Health Care Providers to “Break the Silence” around Viral Hepatitis

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As part of our continued effort to increase awareness about the updated Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (2014-2016), Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Ronald Valdiserri have co-authored an “Ideas and Opinions”  piece for the April 29, 2014 issue of the Annals…

May Is Hepatitis Awareness Month

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Throughout May, during this year’s observance of Hepatitis Awareness Month, federal colleagues from across the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, and Veterans Affairs will be engaged in a variety of activities to increase awareness—among the public and healthcare providers—about viral hepatitis. Federal partners will be working to raise…