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By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  Jul 23, 2021

Hepatitis C: Fighting the Stigma as Well as the Disease

Warren Hall has grown accustomed to the fear and trepidation in the voices of people who have been diagnosed with hepatitis C. As National Manager of Support Services for the American Liver Foundation (ALF), Hall regularly speaks with callers to the ALF helpline and participates in live chat sessions to…more.

Categories: Hepatitis C
By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  Jul 7, 2021

Pulmonary Complications in Sjögren’s

Lung diseases are a potentially serious complication of Sjögren’s and often go unrecognized by health care providers. To help improve the early identification, evaluation and management of Sjögren’s-related pulmonary complications, the Sjögren’s Foundation led development of a new set of clinical practice guidelines for physicians, rheumatologists and pulmonologists. Real World…more.

Categories: Sjögrens
By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  Jun 23, 2021

Did People Delay COVID Care Because of Cost?

Lockdown orders during the early phases of the COVID-19 pandemic led to a massive increase in unemployment, leaving millions of workers without employer-sponsored health insurance, according to a report published earlier this year by the Commonwealth Fund. Those early days of the pandemic also saw about one-third of adults falling…more.

Categories: COVID 19
By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  Jun 9, 2021

Lessons Learned: Cancer Care during COVID

Last March, as the COVID-19 pandemic started its relentless progression across the United States, hospitals and clinics nationwide closed their doors to all but the most gravely ill patients. While certain elective procedures and well visits were paused temporarily, patients with cancer didn’t have the luxury of waiting for things…more.

Categories: COVID 19
By Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr., Editor-in-Chief, Hep magazine  |  May 26, 2021

The Importance of Being Tested for Hepatitis

I remember the first time I was tested for hepatitis C virus (HCV). It was shortly after I tested HIV positive in 1992. I found out I was living with HIV the day after my 22nd birthday. After the initial shock, I soon started seeing an HIV specialist for my…more.

By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  May 12, 2021

May Is Hepatitis Awareness Month

This month, Real World Health Care focuses on Hepatitis C, a viral disease that affects 2.4 million people in the U.S. and infects about 50,300 new people each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For some, hepatitis C is a mild illness lasting a few…more.

Categories: COVID 19, Hepatitis C
By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  Apr 28, 2021

Stress on Family Caregivers Soars During COVID-19 Pandemic

Serving as a family caregiver for a loved one can be stressful under the best of circumstances. However, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the nation’s estimated 53 million family caregivers have faced additional challenges and taken on new responsibilities that may be pushing some to the brink. An October 2020 report…more.

By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  Apr 14, 2021

April is Sjögren’s Awareness Month

This April, Real World Health Care is honored to shine a spotlight on a rare autoimmune disease that most people have probably never heard about. Sjögren’s (SHOW-grins) is a systemic autoimmune disease that affects the entire body. Along with symptoms of extensive dryness of the eyes and mouth, other serious…more.

Categories: COVID 19, Sjögrens
By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  Mar 31, 2021

COVID-Driven Isolation Can Be Dangerous for Older Adults

Stay-at-home and social distancing mandates during the COVID-19 pandemic have forced nearly everyone to become more socially isolated than ever before. However, the effects of social isolation among older adults may be more pronounced and have more dire consequences than among people of other ages. “Placing the COVID pandemic aside…more.

By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  Mar 17, 2021

Peer Support Workers Provide Critical Behavioral Health Services During COVID-19 Pandemic

In the field of behavioral health, peer support workers – people who have faced similar stresses, trauma and mental health challenges to those they serve – have played a crucial role providing non-clinical, “experientially credentialed” support. That role has not abated during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent editorial…more.

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