App enabling people to assess if they are at risk of hepatitis and manage their liver health.
“Millions of Australians suffer from symptoms associated with liver disease with over 400,000 living with hepatitis B or hepatitis C.
Hepatitis Victoria introduces LiverWELL, a free interactive app that is a practical tool to help people optimise their liver health. There are many health apps around but they tend to be either for specialist clinicians or from those promoting a healthier diet.
LiverWELL has been informed and tested by people living with hepatitis.
“People with hepatitis and liver disease need practical tools that remind them to take their medications, schedule their appointments, record their test results and keep their personal health notes all in one place,” said Dr Nicole Allard, a general practitioner and specialist in hepatitis B. “The beauty of LiverWELL is that everyone with a mobile phone now has this option within their grasp and I will be recommending the app to my patients,” she said.
“Every week up to 6 Victorians die from viral hepatitis-related liver disease…and liver cancer is the fastest growing cancer in the country,” said Melanie Eagle, CEO of Hepatitis Victoria. “We need to tackle this health crisis head on,” she said.
“World Hepatitis Day is one of a handful of world health days mandated by the World Health Organisation precisely because hepatitis is such a serious and deadly disease,” said Jill Hennessy, Minister for Health in the Victorian Government. “The Victorian Government is committed to eradicating viral hepatitis in our community by 2030 and to do this we need clever and creative approaches. I congratulate Hepatitis Victoria on producing such a useful tool for people living with hepatitis,” said Minister Hennessy.
LiverWELL is now available for Android and Apple smartphones in English with the translation of main functions in Arabic, Chinese and Vietnamese.”Hepatitis Victoria, the not-for-profit organisation which developed the app. | http://bit.ly/2LFqwy6 (YouTube channel for Hepatitis Victoria)
“We are pleased to announce the release of our new and improved app, which is available free to download on Apple and Android mobile devices.
Here’s a selection of things you can do with the new features:
As part of a patient community, we can drive forward progress in PBC simply by recording data on the unmet needs we face every day. With you becoming part of our international patient registry, we will be able to directly influence medial research and help pharmaceutical companies discover new treatments to help PBC sufferers.
The tools, publications, and information you record can be shared with your clinician to assist with your ongoing appointments. Everything you record will be safely stored, anonymised and protected by our digital partner MTC Media.”PBC Foundation, the UK patient group which developed the app. | https://bit.ly/3n2RGyv
Spruce is an app developed by the British Liver Trust (@livertrust) to help people drink less frequently
“Unlike many other alcohol-related apps that try to get their user to do the impossible task of logging down every drink on a night out, Spruce is the first which focuses on the frequency of drink throughout the week.”
“Spruce users choose a weekly goal of three consecutive days of no drinking, and choose which days they will be ‘dry’. The user is then given gentle reminders on their progression, allowing them to monitor their intake and given ideas of non-alcohol activities to engage in.
For many people it’s easy to fall into the habit of having a drink most nights. Drinking even small amounts frequently is unhealthy and can lead to liver disease. But taking just three consecutive days off a week can reduce the chances of liver damage.
Three consecutive days is both achievable and beneficial; it helps people plan their week so that they can still socialise and have a drink if they want to, but are also aware that they need to take some time off drinking alcohol.
In our controlled test people who used Spruce were three times more likely (64%) to achieve three days dry than the control (23%).”British Liver Trust, the UK patient organisation which developed the app | http://bit.ly/2HI8VSa
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