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MY CHOICES© is a tool to help you recognize and act upon what you can control in your health care journey to achieve optimal healing, regardless of the illness you face. It contains elements of a guide book, health planner, journal, and activity book to help orient you to and plan for the journey ahead.

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Weekly News Update.
Caring Ambassadors Program provides 3 weekly news updates covering Lung Cancer News, Hepatitis C News, and My Choices© Update. Receive them delivered weekly to your inbox.

My Choices© Update
Week Ending January 19, 2021

Landmark human study is first to reveal strong links between gut microbes, diet and health
“Diets rich in certain plant-based foods are linked with the presence of gut microbes that are associated with a lower risk of developing conditions such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, according to recent results from a large-scale international study that included researchers from King’s College London, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the University of Trento, Italy, and health science start-up company ZOE.”

Common Myths About a Detox Diet, Explained
“What is exactly is a toxin? Do detox diets work? Here’s the truth about detox diets and the myths that surround them, explained.”

How a collaborative medical effort saved a baby’s liver—and her life
“Gastroenterologists, rheumatologists and other specialists at Stanford Children’s Health banded together to address one baby’s rare condition.”

How ‘exercise snacks’ can combat the effects of sitting all day
“If you spend many, many hours essentially chained to your office chair you might be worried about the health impact of so much sitting and wondering what you can do about it — especially if you don’t have a lot of time to go to the gym and work out.”

15 Benefits of Yoga for When You Need to Calm Your Mind and Move Your Body
“While all those yoga poses can seem intimidating at first, it’s actually a very approachable form of exercise. And that’s just one of the benefits of yoga anyone curious about the practice should be aware of.”

Nurturing heart health during quarantine
“COVID-19 and its affiliated safety measures have increasingly shifted activities related to work, exercise and leisure from the great outdoors and public spaces to the home —spurring the development of some not-so heart-healthy habits such as reduction of physical activity.”

6 easy ways to start eating healthy, according to dietitians
“Eating well is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle and can help ward off conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and even some cancers. However, everyone has their own unique health needs, so it’s important to talk with a doctor about what sort of diet is right for you.”

AHA News: Is It OK to Exercise When You’re Sick?
“If you are sick and plan to exercise this cold and flu season, experts say to use your head – and recognize the body’s warnings signs.”

17 Herbs to Try for Mind and Body Benefits, Says Science
“When the ancients overindulged, they didn’t hit CVS for some antacids. They made a tea of filipendula ulmaria, or meadowsweet, for heartburn relief. And you can, too.”

Terpenes: The Little-Known Compounds That Make Cannabis a Better Medicine
“You may be tempted to take terpenes lightly, because these fragrant compounds are among the favorite chemicals of marijuana mega-fans and aromatherapy advocates. But their turn in the scientific and medical spotlight may have arrived. After decades of strong, but inconclusive, evidence of the role of terpenes in the therapeutic effects of medical cannabis, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has been funding research on the medical value of terpenes for the last three years.”

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Self-care tips for the new year and navigating the stress of the pandemic

Healthy plant-based diet linked to good microbes in gut: study

Hepatitis C News
Week Ending January 19, 2021

Liver Stiffness Before Hepatitis C Treatment Predicts Liver Cancer Risk
“A liver stiffness measurement taken before beginning direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy for hepatitis C may help predict hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) risk in people who have attained a sustained virological response (SVR). In a study published in PLOS ONE, researchers suggested a cutoff value of 17.5 kilopascal (kPa) as the predictive measurement.”

Priority Populations
“Although viral hepatitis affects millions of Americans nationwide from all social, economic, and racial and ethnic groups, it disproportionately impacts certain populations and communities. Hepatitis prevention and treatment efforts can be more efficient and effective by identifying and focusing efforts on those populations that bear a disproportionately higher burden of infection and disease, referred to in the Viral Hepatitis Plan as priority populations. The Plan uses nationwide surveillance data to determine the priority populations. Focusing on the priority populations will reduce health disparities and put the nation on the path toward elimination of viral hepatitis. This approach should not diminish efforts to increase awareness, prevention, treatment, and integration of viral hepatitis efforts more generally, for all populations.”

Patients ask why they were infected with HIV and Hepatitis C 40 years ago – and were not told they were part of a test
“Patients infected with a deadly disease 40 years ago – and the families left behind when most died – hope an inquiry into how it happened will finally reveal the truth.”

Lenvatinib Effective as First Line Therapy for Patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma
“Lenvatinib monotherapy was an effective first-line therapy for patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma, according to data from a retrospective, real-world analysis.”

Lung Cancer News
Week Ending January 11, 2021

Chemoimmunotherapy Continues to Display Survival Benefits in Small Cell Lung Cancer
“Atezolizumab (Tecentriq), durvalumab (Imfinzi), pembrolizumab (Keytruda), and nivolumab (Opdivo) have demonstrated improved survival in combination with etoposide and platinum (EP) in untreated extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (ES-SCLC), cementing checkpoint inhibition plus chemotherapy as a frontline standard, explained Yanyan Lou, MD, PhD.”

More Targets Discovered, More Molecular Testing Needed in Lung Cancer
“Molecular testing is a critical component of the treatment selection process in lung cancer, as a host of effective drugs have since been developed to target alterations such as ALK, ROS1, and RET, according to Yujie Zhao, MD, PhD, who added that the integration of RNA-based sequencing into these strategies could potentially provide further benefit to patients.”

Trials Conducted in Unresectable Locally Advanced Lung Adenocarcinoma Show Path for Treatment
“Multiple treatment options exist for patients with unresectable locally advanced lung adenocarcinoma. Zofia Piotrowska, MD, assistant professor, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, examined the options during a Targeted Oncology Case-Based Peer Perspectives event.”

Need for Molecular Testing in Lung Cancer Is Underscored as Additional Targets Emerge
“Molecular testing is a critical component of the treatment selection process in lung cancer, as a host of effective drugs have since been developed to target alterations such as ALK, ROS1, and RET, according to Yujie Zhao, MD, PhD, who added that the integration of RNA-based sequencing into these strategies could potentially provide further benefit to patients.”

Navigating Nuances in Early and Metastatic Lung Cancer Treatment
“The treatment paradigms of early-stage and metastatic lung cancer have expanded significantly in recent years with the addition of immunotherapy and targeted therapy options, said Brendon Stiles, MD, who added that challenges regarding screening, molecular testing, and localized therapy remain areas of ongoing research.”

Pandemic Has Disrupted Lung Cancer Screenings
“Once operations resumed, decrease seen in new patients screened, proportion of suspicious nodules increased”

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NCCN Guidelines Pave Way for Improving Lung Cancer Survival

Qigong.

“Qigong is quite literally “Moving Meditation”. As with all meditation practices, Qigong has an incredibly calming effect on the central nervous system. As the mind, breath, and body are connected to the moment, the parasympathetic nervous system is engaged and the brain releases all sorts of feel-good hormones, such as serotonin and dopamine.”
https://theecohub.ca/5-healing-benefits-of-qigong/

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