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Organs from People Infected With Hepatitis C Virus Can Be Safely Transplanted To People

Drug addicts with Hepatitis C can safely donate organs to people



Hepatitis C can safely donate organs to people
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Heart and lung transplants from people infected with Hepatitis C virus are safe as donated organs. Considering the effectiveness of antiviral drugs today, researchers say donated organs from Hepatitis C patients are safe for transplantation. This is in line with a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

According to the study, recipients of organs from Hepatitis C-infected donors are free from infections in the face of powerful antiviral drugs.

Since people who share needles or injected themselves with hard drugs are at highest risks of Hepatitis C infection, researchers said many organs they have for transplantation are from infected drug addicts. The rise in opioid use is not only creating problems in the civil society, it is also a major problem for the health industry.

Organs from Patients Who Died From Hepatitis C and Other Diseases Are Readily Available

Surgeons at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston do not want organs donated by drug addicts infected with Hepatitis C to go to waste. So they conducted studies to determine if they are safe for organ recipients.

“Over a third of all of our heart and lung transplants that we’ve done at our center have been from donors who had hepatitis C,” said Dr. Ann Woolley of B&W.

One of the people that volunteered to be used for the study is Mike Caldwell. He was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease seven years ago and needed double lung transplants. He waited in line for three years to be given the transplant without any hopes. An oxygen mask kept him alive and he was always too week to even try the stairs.

Then in 2017 he came across a Brigham and Women’s researcher who asked if he’d like to be recruited for a clinical trial. Through the study, his hope of getting lung donation from a Hepatitis C patient was high. And he would also be given antiviral drugs that would inhibit the spread of the virus to him.

It was not a light decision to make, but after a long time he agreed to participate in the study. Caldwell knew he may die while still waiting to be matched with a suitable lungs donor, so he decided to manage the risks associated with receiving an organ donated by an opioid addict. At least, he would be given trial antiviral drugs to stop the Hepatitis C from infecting him.

And luckily enough, Caldwell received lungs from a Hepatitis C infected donor. With the new organs, he no longer needed to wear oxygen mask on his face, and his health is much improved. He is one of the 44 study participants who had a heart or lung transplant from infected donors.

A Single Donor Can Potentially Donate As Many As Eight or Nine Organs to Someone in Need

Dr. Woolley said most of the Hepatitis C patients who donated a heart or lungs for the study were recent drug users; and some even died of drug overdose. She however said the harvested organs are of high quality and perfectly safe for transplantation even though they are infected with the virus.

“We’ve had a 100 percent success rate, both in terms of the hepatitis C clearance as well as how well the patient has done after transplant,” Woolley said.

It must be pointed out that the participants recruited for the study were followed up for only six months. This makes the study not definitive. Dr. Emily Blumberg ofthe University of Pennsylvania said recipients of infected organs must be followed up for longer periods of time to determine how perfectly safe they are from the transplanted organs.

Given that over 12,000 people die while still waiting to be matched with a suitable organ for transplant, Blumberg said infected organs can be tried out on patients under very strict and controlled conditions. The Wall Street Journal reported recently that Dr. Robert Montgomery, director of the transplant center at NYU Langone Health, required a new heart himself and got one from a drug user with Hepatitis C who died from drug overdose.

Analysts said it is better for people awaiting heart transplant to accept an infected organ rather than to die from having to wait endlessly. This is much more sensible since effective drugs are available to prevent people who accept infected organs from getting infected with diseases such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV among others. Issue is the drugs are very costly with little reimbursements to hospitals.

Adnan Sherif, a kidney transplant doctor at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, says a single donor can potentially donate as many as eight or nine organs to someone in need of them.

This post was originally published on Health News Office

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Essential Self-care Measures When You’re Self-isolating



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The COVID-19 pandemic is causing millions of people to self-isolate, which means increasing numbers are confined to their homes. While self-isolation can certainly help to prevent the spread of coronavirus, it’s important to find ways to maintain your health when you’re unable to go out. 

To ensure you’re taking care of your physical and mental health during times of quarantine, take a look at these top tips for self-care during self-isolation.

1. Keep Exercising

When you’re unable to go out, your physical activity naturally falls. If you’re not unwell, however, you’ll want to remain as active as possible. Set a timer to ensure you get up and walk around your home at least once per hour. In addition to this, you may want to try creating your own home exercise routine or simply walk on the spot to raise your heart rate. 

With plenty of exercise routine videos available online, you can maintain your cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength by keeping fit, even when you’re in quarantine. 

2. Practice Mindfulness

The global pandemic is having a significant impact on mental and emotional wellbeing, as well as physical health. Spending time in isolation can increase feelings of loneliness and anxiety, so it’s essential to take steps to combat this. 

Mindfulness is a popular way to relieve symptoms of stress and reduce anxiety levels. With no need for equipment or professional coaching, anyone can begin practicing mindfulness. What’s more, it’s a great activity for people of all ages, so everyone can benefit from incorporating mindfulness into their lives. 

3. Get Enough Rest

When you don’t get enough sleep, your immunity is lowered. As well as being more vulnerable to COVID-19, lower immunity will mean you’re more likely to pick up other health conditions, such as colds and flu. Getting a decent night’s rest can help to keep your immune system working well, so be sure to practice good sleep hygiene.

As well as implementing a healthy sleep schedule, take a look at your bedroom and see what changes you need to make. If you are unwell, you may spend a lot of time in bed while you recover. If so, pressure care mattresses can be a great way to get enough rest while reducing the risk of developing pressure ulcers or bedsores. With numerous ways to make your bedroom healthier and more restful, it’s worth making changes to prioritise your health. 

Staying Connected When You’re Stuck at Home

Feeling isolated can be harmful to your emotional wellbeing, but self-isolation needn’t have a negative impact on your mental health. By finding ways to stay connected with your family, friends and community, you can overcome any feelings of loneliness. 

The internet is a great way to remain connected to the world, even if you’re unable to leave your home. With access to news, live streaming platforms and social media websites, you can remain up to date. Alternatively, stay in touch with loved ones by phone, text message and video calls to ensure you and others have the support and companionship you need. 

This post was originally published on Health News Office

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Coronavirus Leads to Massive E-commerce Boost to Companies around the World



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As countries around the world move to stricter policies of self-isolation, it seems people may be shifting their retail purchase habits to the online world. E-commerce is going through a very strong and sudden boost with more and more people making purchases online rather than in person. With initial spikes in flu-related products being the main areas of boost, now things are starting to shift as people look to buy more basics and everyday items online. But what are some of the most common items people are searching for and purchasing online? There are a number that stand out.

Personal Care Items – Toilet Paper, Facial Tissue, and Paper Towel

It can be chalked up to panic buying, or people just worried and unsure of what they can do to protect themselves, but the initial massive boost of online sales can be attributed to personal care items. This would include toilet paper, facial tissue, and paper towel. Shoppers in countries around the world are complaining of bare shelves in the stores, so they are now resorting to online retailers to fulfil their requests. 

Because this panic buying and even hoarding by many shoppers out there wasn’t planned or anticipated, it has left suppliers and manufacturers struggling to meet demand. Look for this industry to play catch up over the coming weeks.

Health, Vitamins, and Supplements

Another area that is seeing a massive online presence at the moment is health and wellness-related items such as vitamins and supplements. In fact, retailers out of China are seeing sales of vitamin C alone increase by up to five times. This isn’t a trend that is being seen just in China, but around the globe, too.

What makes the health and wellness category such a popular one is the sheer volume of products consumers have to choose from too. Popular online pharmacies such as are a great example of the variety of health and wellness products you can find online – not to mention medicine.

Over the Counter Medicines – the Essentials

Over the counter medicines such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen are also on the rise. Because these products can be purchased online so easily, consumers are opting for the click and purchase option rather than going to the store in person.

Grocery Shopping in the Virtual Universe

Then there is grocery shopping, which has also been spiking in terms of online sales. Even if it’s not a delivery service, shoppers are opting for the click and pick-up option when available. This allows them to place and pay for an order online, have a customer service employee essentially do their shopping in-store for them, and the customer simply shows up to a designated pick-up zone at a set time, and the employee loads their purchases in their car.

It seems as though the e-commerce industry is for now enjoying massive upticks in sales, but the big question is whether or not suppliers and manufacturers will be able to keep up with the demand.

This post was originally published on Health News Office

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5 Health Benefits of Consuming Olive Oil



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The health benefits of dietary fats are often argued. However, experts now agree that olive oil (in particular, extra virgin olive oil) is good for our health. Here are some of the main reasons why you should include olive oil in your diet:

  1. It is Rich in Monounsaturated Fats

Olive oil includes a large amount of monounsaturated fat. Approximately 14% of this oil is saturated fat and approximately 11% is a polyunsaturated fatty acid (this can include omega-3 and omega-6).

The main fatty acid in olive oil is oleic acid, which is monounsaturated fat. This fat makes up approximately 73% of the oil. Oleic acid has been shown to help reduce inflammation in our bodies and may also play a beneficial role in the genes linked to cancer. Monounsaturated fats are a healthier choice for cooking due to them being fairly heat resistant. 

  1. It Contains A Huge Number of Antioxidants

Extra virgin olive oil, such as the one supplied and produced at is nutritious. Not only does it contain beneficial fatty acids, large amounts of vitamin K and vitamin E, but it also contains some powerful antioxidants. These antioxidants have been shown to reduce a person’s chance of getting a chronic disease. Two other benefits of olive oil are that it helps protect your blood cholesterol from oxidation and helps fight inflammation. Both of these benefits can help reduce your risk of heart disease. 

  1. It Might Help Prevent Strokes

Strokes happen when the blood flow to your brain is disturbed. In many countries, stroke is one of the main causes of death. The relationship between strokes and olive oil has been studied on a number of occasions. One review found that olive oil was the only type of fat that helped reduce the risk of heart disease or stroke. Another found that people who consumed olive oil were much less likely to suffer from a stroke than the people who didn’t. 

  1. It Doesn’t Contribute to Weight Gain or Obesity

We’ve all heard that eating large amounts of fat can lead to weight gain. However, a number of studies have suggested that a Mediterranean diet, which is rich in olive oil, is less likely to have a negative impact on weight gain. One study was conducted on 7,000 students. Most of the students found that consuming a large quantity of olive oil didn’t make them gain weight.

  1. It Could Help Fight Alzheimer’s

One of the most common neurodegenerative conditions in the world is Alzheimer’s. Many Alzheimer’s sufferers suffer from a build-up of beta-amyloid plaque in their brains. Some studies have suggested that olive oil can help remove this plaque. However, there is a huge amount of research still needed in this area. 

Quality olive oil has been shown to have a number of health benefits. Not only is it a powerful antioxidant, but it can also be beneficial to your brain, heart, joints and much more. In fact, olive oil could be the healthiest fat currently available on the market. 

This post was originally published on Health News Office

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