Hepatitis Foundation International

HFI News…

Hepatitis Foundation International Board of Directors
Announces Appointment of Ivonne Perlaza Fuller
as Chief Executive Officer

SILVER SPRING, MD, Sept. 13, 2013 – Hepatitis International Foundation (HFI) announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Ivonne Perlaza Fuller as Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Fuller will assume the post effective immediately and will also serve as a director on the company’s Board… Read More

Hepatitis Foundation International Partners with
Howard University for National Clinicians HIV/AIDS
Testing and Awareness Day, July 21, 2013

SILVER SPRING, MD, July 16, 2013 – The Hepatitis Foundation International partners with Howard University College of Medicine to support the 6th annual National Clinicians HIV/AIDS Testing and Awareness Day (NCHATAD), born out of a need to strengthen the HIV clinical workforce… Read More

Hepatitis Foundation International Appoints
Local Healthcare Executive to Key Position

SILVER SPRING, MD, June 25, 2013 – Hepatitis International Foundation (HFI) appoints Ivonne Perlaza Fuller as Executive Vice President on the verge of the its 20th year anniversary reflecting its continued evolution and growth as it embarks on its next phase of development as an organization… Read More

Occupational Nurses Learn About
Tips To Motivate Employees To Be Screened For HCV

SILVER SPRING, MD, March 5, 2013 – Combining knowledge, passion, and simple motivational messages, Thelma King Thiel, CEO of the Hepatitis Foundation International provided occupational nurses, members of the American Association of Occupational Nurses (AAOHN), with effective tools to encourage employees to assess their risk of liver damage and request their healthcare provider to check the status of their liver. Studies have shown that individuals who learn about the liver are empowered to modify risk behaviors and make healthier food and lifestyle choices… Read More

Placing the Liver Front and Center –
The Right Place in Prevention

SILVER SPRING, MD, January 30, 2013 – Please join us at a briefing Thursday, Feb. 14 in Washington, DC, to highlight the critical need for promoting liver health education on the national agenda. This briefing is co-hosted by Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representatives Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Charlie Dent (R-PA), Mike Honda (D-CA), and Hank Johnson (D-GA), and sponsored by Hepatitis Foundation International, the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, and the Trust for America’s Health… Read More

Patients’ Decisions About Accepting Donated Organ  

SILVER SPRING, MD, November 2012 – Studies at the University of California-San Francisco show that 84% of the transplant candidates who had died or been de-listed had received one or These data indicate they had an opportunity to undergo transplantation. Reasons for refusals of livers offered were reported as donor quality/age or other donor-related factors, size compatibility or recipient readines…. Read More

Impact of HIV Access to Care Compared to HCV  

SILVER SPRING, MD, November 2012 – Hospital admission rates for people with hepatitis C (HCV) have risen nearly five-fold over a 15 year period. However, the hospitalization rate increased only slightly for those infected with both HIV and HCV… Read More

NASH Will Outnumber Transplants for HCV in the Near Future

SILVER SPRING, MD, November 2012 – Between 1997 and 2011, 144 patients underwent liver transplants for NASH (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis called fatty liver) at UCLA representing 12% of all liver transplants with 19% of them being done in 2011… Read More

New Options for 1 out 3 Obese Americans  

SILVER SPRING, MD, July 2012 – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two drugs addressing the major health problem of obesity. Belviq by Arena Pharmaceuticals and Osymia by Vivus Inc. provide hope for reducing weight and some of the serious health consequences of obesity. It is reported that the benefits of these drugs outweigh concerns of side effects including birth defects in newborns… Read More

World Hepatitis Awareness Day – July 28, 2012  

SILVER SPRING, MD, July 2012 – Viral hepatitis is closer than you think – to date over 2 billion people have been exposed to viral hepatitis B and C. As a result, 1 in 12 people worldwide are living with the disease. That’s 15 times as many people as are living with HIV… Read More

Abnormal Liver Test Results…

Potential Marker of Diabetes, Hypertension,
Obesity, and Cardiovascular Disease

SILVER SPRING, MD, May 2012 – The detection of abnormal liver tests results has the potential not only to identify persons with liver disease but also serve as a warning signal of the increased risk of cardiovascular disease and the metabolic syndromes, Experts assert that diagnosing the condition of the liver may be an indicator of several other areas of health including; diabetes, hypertension, elevated blood lipid levels and obesity… Read More

Obesity and Liver Health…

Fat – One of The Liver’s Worst Enemy  

SILVER SPRING, MD, May 2012 – One out of 5 Americans is estimated to have a fatty liver that can lead to cirrhosis.  Obesity and nutrition are hot topics being addressed today from many points of view. Unhealthy choices in diet contribute to the risk of obesity… Read More

For more information, contact:
Thelma K. Thiel