Liver broadcast: Local medical show talks hepatitis C

Medical advice: Host Helen Vays and Dr. Alexander Brun discusss hepatitis C on the latest episode of “Medcast Plus.”
Greg Romenski

It’s a hep new topic!

The latest episode of a monthly medical television show hopes to inform Brooklynites about the viral liver infection hepatitis C. The show Medcast Plus, part one of which is online now, and which will air its next full show on Brooklyn Free Speech Channel on April 6, interviews a different doctor in each 30-minute episode. The show tackles common medical misconceptions and distills its information into accessible advice for the public, according to its host.

“It’s medical information given in normal English,” said Helen Vays. “It helps people not feel intimidated to ask simple questions when they go see the doctors in person — it’s a simple conversation.”

The guest in the upcoming episode is Dr. Alexander Brun, a Downtown gastroenterologist who specializes in the liver. On the show, which taped on March 18, he tackled some the medical myths about hepatitis C.

Many people infected with hepatitis C many not even realize that they have it, said Brun, because they may not exhibit any symptoms, or they might not know what they symptoms are. On the show, produced by Brooklynite Greg Romenski, Brun and Vays discuss the typical signs of hepatitis — including joint pain, fever, and vomiting, among several other possible symptoms — along with how the disease spreads, and treatment options. Brun will also give tips on how to avoid hepatitis C and how to help affected individuals.

The show’s host says that she is eager to spread information on the dreaded disease.

“I’m looking forward to sharing the mysteries behind hep C,” said Vays. “I love hosting this show because it helps me and the public have tangible tips and medical information.”

“Medcast Plus” airs on Brooklyn Free Speech Channel 3 (Channel 79 on Spectrum, 9415 on Dish, 348 on Direct TV, www.bricartsmedia.org/tv-shows-videos/brooklyn-free-speech-tv). April 6 at 8:30 am and 2 pm. Free.

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