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Second Opinion in Hepatitis: Videoconferencing Between Houston and the World

Each week, I receive dozens of e-mails from followers of our social media sites (Twitter, YouTube, FaceBook, Your Health First, and Liver Specialists of Texas) seeking assistance regarding some form of liver disease they are suffering from, or one of their relatives. I usually respond back with some direction they should head in, or ask if they are available to travel to Houston for a face-to-face evaluation.

As technology improves, the availability of videoconferencing has never been easier. Working with Houston based software developers, there is now the opportunity to participate in a second opinion program with experts in liver disease in our practice. Because there is such variability in everyone’s home or work connectivity to the internet, we plan on supplying you with the needed technology to connect.

The savings of not having to travel to Houston, hotel and food charges, lost wages, and time, makes this an economically sensible alternative.

Second opinions in all aspects of liver disease will be available, including abnormal liver tests, fatty liver disease, hepatitis C, hepatitis B, cirrhosis, liver cancer, alcohol related liver disease, liver transplant, hemochromatosis, and autoimmune disease of the liver. The cost for this service will be based on a minimum of a 30 minute consultation, allowing for additional time at 15 minute increments. Medical records, x-ray reports and films, biopsies, and past consultations will be reviewed.

Feedback on this program is important to us. Please let us know what you think.

For additional information, contact Dee at (713) 634-5103.

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World Hepatitis Day: Missed Opportunities for Awareness?

Yesterday was World Hepatitis Day. This is a day where we can give special attention to the world wide problem of viral hepatitis, the people that it affects, and celebrate the new therapies and technology that are available.

Reviewing numerous websites and online publications, they all state the desire to alert the world, as well as those of us in the United States, to the perils of viral hepatitis. A press release from the American Liver Foundation stated the following:

Hopefully, July 28 will be a day when more Americans become familiar with how to prevent, get tested and treated for hepatitis.

Unfortunately, the best of sincere intentions has made barely a ripple in the global understanding of viral hepatitis. No major television news outlet in the United States, nor such papers such as the New York Times, mentioned World Hepatitis Day.

Considering there are 1.4 million cases of hepatitis A every year, 240 million people living with chronic hepatitis B, 150 million people chronically infected with hepatitis C, this remains a global health concern. Untreated hepatitis B and C leads to progressive liver failure, the eventual development of liver cancer, and the need for liver transplantation. Effective antiviral therapies are available, and the key is early diagnosis and intervention.

The hepatitis community needs to take a more aggressive strategic stance, along the lines of HIV and breast cancer awareness. I salute these two diseases, and their respective organizations, in that they have done a superior job in creating public awareness and a call to action.

I dream for the day that the publics understanding and awareness of viral hepatitis is at the level of HIV and breast cancer awareness. My goal day after day is to touch as many people as possible, spreading the word on viral hepatitis, both locally and on a worldwide basis.

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Liver Education Video: Hepatitis C and Liver Transplant in Houston Part 2

Over the next week or two, we plan to roll-out a series of comprehensive videos covering a wide-range of topics related to all facets of liver disease. This is geared for our patients, their families, our staff, and all those interested in liver disease.

We plan to keep them no longer than 5 minutes, to keep everyones attention, as well as to stay focused on one general topic at a time.

This is Part 2 of the series. Part 1 was produced last year. Come back often and let us all know what you think.

Part 1 Liver Disease Education

Part 2 Liver Disease Education

 

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