CDC Recommends Baby Boomers Tested for Hep C

For reasons not yet understood, 75% of adults who currently have Hepatitis C were born in the years 1945 through 1965. Therefore, the CDC has recommended that all adults who were born during these years are tested for Hepatitis C.

Hepatitis C is dangerous because a carrier can show no symptoms for many years, and never know he is carrying the disease. The disease can become active and cause cirrhossis, liver damage and possibly liver cancer. Up until now, there haven’t been many options in the treatment of Hepatitis C. Doctors have treated patients with interferon and ribavarin, but treatment was effective in only 50% of treated patients. Other patients couldn’t receive treatment due to the side effects of these two drugs.


After sequencing the genetic makeup of Hep C, there are now more available treatments. The drugs used are direct acting anti-viral drugs, drugs that target the Hep C virus directly, rather than harming systems that are important to the everyday health of the patient. Two new drugs, telaprevir (Incivek) and boceprevir (Victrelis), are still used with interferon and ribavarin, but it is believed that they will be able to be used with other direct acting drugs, eliminating the need for the older drugs that did more harm to the body.

For these reasons, the CDC has created the new recommendation. Testing those born in the years noted will help prevent more than 120,000 deaths from the disease. It is not known if all health care plans will cover the testing, so you should check with your insurance company.



Review of “21 Secrets” online art class

“21 Secrets” is an online art class, compiling the lessons from 21 artists. One of my frustrations with these classes is that everyone has a list of supplies a yard long, and each author goes into long explanations of what they use, and why. It would be more useful if one person made a video about journals and usual supplies, then each artist simply add their favorites in a short video. I have picked a few of the classes I have already gone through and reviewed them. 

 “Acceptional Art,” by Kitty O, is about accepting where each of us is in our art journeys. That sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? But I never got that from the class. The class opens with a video of the artist being cute, making faces, wearing accessories, to some music about 21 Secrets. Yes, it’s cute, but not what people are paying for. I thought that I had wasted my time when I saw that. The big lesson is about ripping up pictures from things important in childhood and gluing them into the journal. I honestly was very disappointed in these lessons. Perhaps the concept should be developed further before inclusion in a paying class.

 I enjoyed Danielle Daniel’s class “Unearthing,” not for the concept, which I found hard to put into effect, but for the technical instruction. She actually explains how to construct designs, which is very helpful! She has a professional tone, and I found her easy and pleasant to listen to. The concept of unearthing your dreams for inspiration was difficult for me to do, as I have crazy, jumbled dreams, and they usually involve me fleeing water, so I am not sure how I want to use them in my art! Not her fault, of course, just not a good fit for me. 

 The name of Jodi Ohl’s topic “Diary of a Highly Effective But Inconsisent (sp) Journaler,” bugged me for two reasons: the first was that I don’t like self-congratulation. And the second reason had the English teacher that I am twitching: do NOT spell the title wrong when you are getting paid for a workshop. I am assuming the owner of the blog, Connie Hozvicka, put the subtitles in, and of course mistakes do happen, but she misspelled the title of Ohl’s workshop. This is a paid product, not a free blog: it’s like Tolstoy’s editor spelling his masterpiece “War and Peaze.” Please, people! Can you be professional??? I tell my students all of the time, if they cannot even spell their titles correctly, no one is going to take them seriously. I paid real money for these workshops, so I would have appreciated a real editor!

 OK, rant over. The workshop was actually very good. Jodi Ohl is a very talented artist, and her journals were inspiring. She is a talented teacher and she gave lots of direct instruction. Definitely one of the better workshops offered. Dreaming In Color, which sells LuminArte products including the glorious Twinkle H2O watercolors and silks Acrylic Glazes, has another workshop by Ohl, the Twinkles on Yupo. I may purchase and review that.

Look for reviews of the Twinkle H2O paints and the Silk Acrylic Glazes soon! Also, I plan to purchase and review a workshop by Dina Wakley, “Masterful Art Journaling.” It is supposed to be excellent, and as it is quite pricey at $65, I would like to see if it is worth the cost.

Be well, and create!