Sunday, May 31, 2015

Three-Quarters of People with Hepatitis C were Born between 1945 and 1965

Although some of the focus on Hepatitis C is on its effect on younger patients, three-quarters of those afflicted with the disease are baby boomers.

Americans born from 1945 to 1965 are five times more likely to have Hepatitis C than other adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

About 2.25 million of the 3 million with Hep C are in this age group.


Senator Kirk Joins American Legion to Raise Hepatitis C Awareness for Veterans

In an effort to raise hepatitis C virus (HCV) awareness for veterans, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) joined Marty Conatser, Adjutant of the American Legion Department of Illinois, Paul Gardner, Senior Vice Commander of the American Legion Department of Illinois, and Argo Summit Post Commander Reggie Rice at a free Hepatitis C testing event in Summit, IL. Service Officers from the American Legion and representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs were also present to counsel veterans on VA benefit claims and recommend next steps for HCV medical care to any veterans that tested positive for the virus.

“In the Department of Veterans Affairs we have cured more people of Hepatitis C in the last 16 months than in the last 16 years,” Senator Kirk said. “We will continue work to make sure that those who wore the uniform can have a better life.”

Last week, Senator Kirk’s bipartisan Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon/VA) fiscal year 2016 appropriations bill, which funds $900 million worth of groundbreaking new hepatitis C treatments, was passed by the Appropriations Committee. One in ten veterans has HCV, with the risk increasing to one in five for Vietnam veterans. However, once an individual is diagnosed, new Hepatitis C treatments have a 97 percent cure rate. Last year the VA treated approximately 20,000 veterans with these modern, innovative medicines.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

How Hep C survives immune system attacks

Hi Rose:  You have to add the  Read more....yourself

You type in Read more... after the 3 paragraphs and then italicize it

Read more....

Then you highlight the "Read more..." and select Link

Then you add the link

Wow.   You are doing great

Warring armies use a variety of tactics as they struggle to gain the upper hand. Among their tricks is to attack with a decoy force that occupies the defenders while an unseen force launches a separate attack that the defenders fail to notice.

A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) may employ similar tactics to distract the body's natural defenses. After infecting patients, Hepatitis C evolves many variants, among them an "altruistic" group of viral particles that appears to sacrifice itself to protect other mutants from the body's immune system.

The findings, reported by researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), could help guide development of future vaccines and treatments for the virus, which affects an estimated 170 million people in the world. Developing slowly over many years and often without symptoms, Hepatitis C can cause severe liver damage and cancer. There are currently no vaccines for the disease.

DAVID..I got this far but can't find the "READ MORE" .

I'll practice some more & we can take it up when you get back from vacation.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

How to post to the blog: Cost in the way of a cure for hepatitis C

Go to and sign in.. (you will see something on the top right hand ).. Once signed in, you will see on the top right hand  "New Post".. Click on that.. and the post window opens.

You will see on the left  a compose  and an html button..  Click on compose

 In another browser window

Find a news item that you want to use

I found this one at

So.  I then copied the title and pasted it in the title above (Post)

Then on the right hand side under Search Description paste the title again.

Now.. Select no more that 3 paragraphs of pertinent info from the article and copy it to your clipboard

Paste it into Notepad and then copy it from Notepad to your blog post   This is to strip out any code.. When you get good at this you will be able to identify the weird code in the "html" window and work there.

Okay: here the pasted paragraphs.

Dee’s liver is scarred, but just a bit too healthy for her insurance to foot the bill for the new medications that cure hepatitis C more than 90 percent of the time.

The Butler County resident, who suspects she got the virus getting a tattoo, was recently told by her doctor to come back in a year.

John, a retired small-business owner from Washington County who was given blood in the early 1990s, was also denied the antivirals. Now, as he watches a friend grow weak from liver cancer, he fears he’s glimpsing his future.

They look okay but to check if the paragraphs are really going to work you need to make sure (in html window) that there is this code between the paragraphs  <br /> <br /> 

If these are missing then the paragraphs won't work.

There is another way to do this.. Save and publish the post and then check it.. If the spacing is wonky it only shows up AFTER you publish it.. (     In which case you need to edit the post (you will see a Pencil at the bottom of the published post if you are logged in ).. You click on the pencil.

Then you can either try to work in the "Compose Window" and simply hit return twice to put paragraph returns in where you know they should go (this does NOT always work), or you can go to the html window and insert the <br /> <br />   there..  <br /> <br />  only "works" in the html window.  If you put it in the main body of text in the Compose window it only functions as text and not code.

Having made it this far

You now put in


You then select the Read more... and at the top select the "I" to italicize it.  You then go to the article you are referencing and grab the link

Now select Read more and at the top of the compose window you will see a "Link" icon..  Click on that

Past the link there and select open in new window and okay


Now on the top right you will see Post Settings.. Click on labels and start to enter the tags.. This is an auto complete so there will be suggestions.. This post would need, Personal Stories, cost of treatment, disease progression.

Then click Publish

Then check your work