Welcome to the December 2013 edition of the Liver Lowdown. Click on the links below and check out our featured stories for the month!
Living With Hepatitis C: Importance of Taking Medications as Directed
Prescription drugs can provide important benefits to individuals living with hepatitis C, but taking these medications as prescribed can be difficult. Some individuals struggle with drug side effects and costs while others may forget to take medication on time or order refills. Fortunately there are steps that can help address these challenges and better manage this condition through medication.
American Liver Foundation Hails Promise of Cure Signaled by Approval of New Hepatitis C Treatments
The FDA has approved two new treatments for hepatitis C: Sovaldi, to be used in combination with other anti‐virals; and Olysio, the first once-daily protease inhibitor. Welcoming the approval of these breakthrough drugs, American Liver Foundation National Board Chair Tom Nealon said: "This is the beginning of a new, gentler, era in the treatment of hepatitis.”
The Year in Pictures
Here’s a sampling of pictures to illustrate how we promoted the need for liver disease awareness during 2013. One of the highlights: A photo showing members of our Run for Research Team symbolically completing the Boston Marathon nearly three weeks after the event was the site of a shocking bombing. Their message: “We are Boston Strong!”
For the festive season, when you get a moment to relax, find out how much you know about the liver. This multiple choice quiz poses intriguing questions such as: Where did the first successful liver transplant take place? And why would we ask a question where the answer could be Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, John Lennon or Frank Sinatra?
Looking to cook up something healthy and out of the ordinary for the holidays? The American Liver Foundation has the answer! Two celebrated chefs, who are involved with our annual Flavors events, suggest these mouthwatering recipes: Chestnut Stuffing (Chef Beau MacMillan) and Soup of Red Bell Pepper (Chef Christopher Gross). Happy cooking…and eating!
We will be hosting our first of four free webinars about Hepatic Encephalopathy (HE) on January 24th, at 7:00 and 9:00 pm ET. The webinar will feature an introduction from a hepatologist and then several patient advocates will discuss their experiences with the condition. A Question and Answer session will follow. To learn more about the webinars and to register, please click here.