Category Archives: ILLNESS

Sepsis and IV Drug Use – Sepsis Alliance

According to a study published in 2014, 2.6% of people in the United States over the age of 13 years inject themselves with drugs. People who inject IV drugs are at risk for many illnesses, the most common being hepatitis and HIV. But whether people use these drugs occasionally or they are addicted to them, each time they inject a drug, they increase their risk of contracting infections and developing sepsis.Sepsis and septic shock can result from an infection anywhere in the body, such as pneumonia, influenza, or urinary tract infections. Worldwide, one-third of people who develop sepsis die. Many who do survive are left with life-changing effects, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic pain and fatigue, and organ dysfunction (organs don’t work properly) and/or amputations.

Source: Sepsis and IV Drug Use – Sepsis Alliance

Liver Cancer Found in Hepatitis C Patients on New Antivirals

BARCELONA, Spain — In a surprising number of patients with hepatitis C and cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma develops within weeks of starting treatment with direct-acting antivirals, new research suggests.”I do not think that direct-acting antivirals are directly responsible,” said lead investigator Stefano Brillanti, MD, from the University of Bologna, Italy.”The hypothesis is that immune surveillance may be reduced too rapidly,” he told Medscape Medical News. “You have an immediate drop in viremia, but also attenuation of inflammation. I think inflammation is a bad thing in terms of hepatitis progression, but it may be a good thing in terms of controlling cancer.”

Source: Liver Cancer Found in Hepatitis C Patients on New Antivirals

Former drug user finds unexpected role as educator after four strokes – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

In the days when he could walk and talk properly, Craig Kellenberg was a busy drug dealer who loved to stay awake for days at a time on a methamphetamine binge with his mates.Now, after having four strokes by the age of 30, he struggles to sign his name and find the right words to say how he feels.Mr Kellenberg has an acquired brain injury as a result of his strokes, which were caused by drug use.He is one of many thousands of young Australians living with a stroke-related disability.But it is hard to know just how many drug-related stroke victims like Mr Kellenberg are in the community because, as stroke specialists will tell you, the link between the two has not been adequately researched.

Source: Former drug user finds unexpected role as educator after four strokes – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

BOB A AND HIS ILLNESS | THE SILVER BIRD 3

Sitting at home after visiting the beach and I stumbled across this message from Bob A and my goodness, lets take this seriously. It runs so close to my own experiences. And at the end he does take the Harvoni for his Hep C. I guess I shall take that path.I, too, was on major drugs but didn’t seem stoned.I, too, had all my family called in and they were told I was unlikely to recover and if I did it would be high care or palliative situation.I, too, have been experiencing Doctors preparing me for end of life.I believe that I have been brought through to be of use to other people. I don’t yet know exactly what but I am beginning. I do my locale meetings and online things and I hope that I will become well enough to travel and visit Meetings in other places. To bring EXPERIENCE, STRENGTH AND HOPE.

Source: BOB A AND HIS ILLNESS | THE SILVER BIRD 3