Category Archives: HCV Health

CLEAR PROP! PULL CHOCKS! GUNS ARE HOT, GENTLEMEN.

I do so love flying. Not the crashing part but the actual flying. I have rules. I plan on one more rotary wing foray and then will forswear them for good. A good friend of our Hepatitis C survivors club- … Continue reading

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Before and After: Hepatitis C screening

My, my, my–what a difference a few years and the new direct-acting antiviral (DAA) make in influencing public health policy.  In 2013, the U. S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) HCV  recommended one-free screening for Woodstock-loving Baby Boomers born between … Continue reading

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BVA-LONG NIGHTS, IMPOSSIBLE ODDS, KEEPING MY EYE TO THE KEYHOLE

Happy Labor Day weekend, campers. Here’s a lovely tale of the impossible. My friend Steve tasked me with my biggest challenge yet in VA claims. Image a triple whammy- no Service Treatment Records, no IMO and a free admission that … Continue reading

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VA SUPPLEMENTAL LANE–BEEN THROUGH THE DESERT ON A HORSE WITH NO NAME

Thank you Smoke. I needed a good tag line. A lot of us suffered for years in the era of Non A, Non B Hepatitis before they isolated it and gave it a real name. And, much like finally giving … Continue reading

Posted in 100% ratings, Appeals Modernization Act, BvA Decisions, BvA HCV decisions, HCV Epidemiology, HCV Health, HCV Risks (documented), IMOs/IMEs, Jetgun BvA Decisions, Jetgun Claims evidence, KP Veterans, Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, VA AMA appeals knowledge, VA RAMP, VBMS Tricks, Veterans Law | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

Interferon, HCV and Parkinson’s Disease research

Two years ago, I was given an abstract for this study:  Parkinsonism in Patients With Chronic Hepatitis C Treated With Interferons: Case Reports and Review of the Literature Wangensteen, Kirk J. MD, PhD*; Krawitt, Edward L. MD†; Hamill, Robert W. MD‡; Boyd, James T. MD‡ Clinical … Continue reading

Posted in All about Veterans, AO, Camp Lejeune poisoning, Food for thought, Future Veterans, General Messages, Guest authors, Gulf War Issues, HCV Health, HCV Risks (documented), Interferon claims, non-va care, research, Uncategorized, VA Agents, Vietnam Disease Issues | Tagged , , , | 12 Comments

FORT FUMBLE, OAKLAND–THE TAR BABY TECHNIQUE

Every once in a while you meet a guy who needs some help and you agree to be his huckleberry. He files and loses as we all do or we wouldn’t have sites like this. It’s a right of passage. … Continue reading

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BVA–THE DEFINITIVE TEXTBOOK HCV JETGUN WIN

This is how to present a claim. You’re never going to win at the RO even if you had a smoking jetgun with blood on it. But you can win using the DoD jetgun withdrawal letter which is damning enough. … Continue reading

Posted in BvA HCV decisions, DIC, HCV Health, HCV Risks (documented), Jetgun BvA Decisions, Jetgun Claims evidence, KP Veterans, medical injections, Medical News, Tips and Tricks, vA news, Veterans Law | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments