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The Future of Hepatitis

A division of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine announced study results in 2010 proving that chronic viral hepatitis is in need of resources to match its toll on the public health system. The researchers concluded that more funds are required to boost knowledge and awareness, surveillance and healthcare services for chronic viral hepatitis. Upon realizing these specific needs as outlined by the Institute of Medicine, most who understand the prevalence and severity of viral hepatitis are ready to demonstrate a political stance in favor of funding for this disease.

Below are two opportunities to get involved in the union of healthcare and politics - with the overarching goal to endorse viral hepatitis prevention, control and surveillance programs.

1. March in Washington - On May 19, 2010, which also happens to be World Hepatitis Day, a rally in Washington D.C. will be held at the United States Capitol. Sponsored by the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable, the goal of this march is to demand that Congress fully funds hepatitis programs in the U.S.

2. Support Bill H.R. 3974 - Otherwise known as the Viral Hepatitis and Liver Cancer Control and Prevention Act of 2009, bill H.R. 3974 was written to amend the Public Health Service Act to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish, promote, and support a comprehensive prevention, education, research, and medical management referral program for viral hepatitis infection. This program will lead to a marked reduction in the disease burden associated with chronic viral hepatitis and liver cancer.
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Protecting the Liver from Hepatitis C and Veggie Burge

by Nicole Cutler, L.Ac.

For the estimated four to five million Americans living with chronic Hepatitis C, protecting their livers from damage is paramount to staying healthy. Assuming veggie burgers to be health food fare, many with Hepatitis C make this popular vegetarian item a dietary staple. However, a non-profit organization that performs research and investigations on agricultural issues has found that some veggie burgers may not be all that. In fact, the Cornucopia Institute recently revealed that many veggie burgers are made with a toxin that is known to put an additional burden on the liver.


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I heard the government only pitches a few pennies into research for this compared to HIV and other diseases!
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