Call for all children to receive hepatitis B vaccination at birth
All children around the world should receive the hepatitis B vaccination at birth, as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), according to a global expert on the disease. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 15, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Hepatitis B and the Opioid Crisis
June 19, 2018 3:00-4:00pm ET. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - June 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Nabi-HB (Hepatitis B Vaccine Recombinant) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - June 7, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

HepaGam B (Hepatitis B Immune Globulin (Human)) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - June 6, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Improving Linkage to Care Among Non-US Born Persons With HBV Improving Linkage to Care Among Non-US Born Persons With HBV
Seventy percent of persons in the US with chronic hepatitis B virus are non-US born. How well are we doing with providing hepatitis B testing and linkage-to-care programs to this population?Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Hepatitis B Update: Vaccination and Follow-up Hepatitis B Update: Vaccination and Follow-up
CDC outlines the indications for hepatitis B vaccination, including the number of doses, postvaccination serology, and when revaccination is needed.CDC Expert Commentary (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Commentary Source Type: news

Findings could lead to treatment of hepatitis B
(University of Delaware) Researchers have gained new insights into the virus that causes hepatitis B -- a life-threatening and incurable infection that afflicts more than 250 million people worldwide. The discovery reveals previously unknown details about the protein shell that encloses the virus' genetic blueprint and could lead to new drugs to treat the infection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 4, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

ECDC and EMCDDA make the case for active case finding of communicable diseases in prison
(European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)) What are the most (cost-) effective ways to prevent and control communicable diseases in prison settings? In their Guidance ECDC and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, present the evidence on active case finding as key measure to diagnose communicable diseases early. The two agencies advise to actively offer testing for hepatitis B and C and HIV to all people in prison and to conduct universal testing for tuberculosis at prison entry. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 23, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Tanzania:Dispensaries in Tanzania to Have Hepatitis Rapid Tests, Minister Says
[Citizen] Dodoma -Deputy health minister Dr Faustine Ndugulile said on Thursday that the government was considering to spread rapid testing of hepatitis B (HBV) which he said its infection was leading among other types in Tanzania. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 18, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

U.S. - North Korea Meeting Could Be Make Or Break For Global Health Security
Recently, small amounts of info about North Korea's health system have made their way out of the country. Data points have gone from bad to worse to accusations of massive human rights violations. Malnutrition, tuberculosis, malaria and hepatitis B, are a health security nightmare waiting to happen. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - May 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Nicole Fisher, Contributor Source Type: news

Infectious Diseases and the Opioid Epidemic
National Association of County and City Health Officials. 01/2018 This Web page provides resources for health departments about the opioid epidemic and the increased the risk of transmission of blood-borne viruses, including HIV, hepatitis C virus (HCV), and hepatitis B virus (HBV) through unsafe injection practices. The resources will help health departments assess local vulnerability to the spread of hepatitis and HIV among people who inject drugs, and determine what actions are needed to prepare for and respond to this vulnerability. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Community-Based Services to Improve Testing and Linkage to Care Among Non –U.S.-Born Persons with Chronic Hepatitis B Virus Infection — Three U.S. Programs, October 2014–September 2017
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - May 17, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Community-Based Services to Improve Testing and Linkage to Care Among Non-U.S.-Born Persons with Chronic Hepatitis B Virus Infection - Three U.S. Programs, October 2014-September 2017
CDC funded three programs to develop hepatitis B testing and linkage-to-care programs serving non-U.S.-born persons during 2014-2017; 78% of persons with chronic HBV infection were linked to care using community-based services. HBV infection rate among household contacts of HBsAg-positive persons was 14%. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - May 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Kenya:Medics Call for Mass Hepatitis B Vaccination in Prisons
[Nation] Medics have called for mass vaccination of all inmates and wardens in the country's prisons because of the high prevalence of hepatitis B. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 17, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Eliminating the Hepatitis B Virus and Hepatitis C Virus to Reduce New Cases of Liver Cancer
May 16, 2018 2:00-3:30pm ET. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Federal Government, U.S. Sign MOU On HIV, Hepatitis B, C Survey
[Guardian] Abuja and Lagos -The Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United States (U.S.) to conduct national health indicator and impact survey to determine the accurate number of people infected with HIV in Nigeria. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - May 11, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Hepatitis B Impedes Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment
(MedPage Today) -- Fewer patients reached therapeutic targets, more had radiographic progression (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - May 10, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Stone Age hepatitis B virus decoded
(Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History) An international team of scientists led by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and the University of Kiel has successfully reconstructed genomes from Stone Age and Medieval European strains of the hepatitis B virus. This unprecedented recovery of ancient virus DNA indicates that hepatitis B was circulating in Europe at least 7,000 years ago. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 10, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Matter: In Ancient Skeletons, Scientists Discover a Modern Foe: Hepatitis B
From 15 sets of skeletal remains, researchers have recovered DNA from the oldest viruses known to have infected humans — and have resurrected some strains in the laboratory. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: CARL ZIMMER Tags: Hepatitis Genetics and Heredity Skeletons Viruses Bones Bronze Age Liver Cancer Epidemics Cambridge University Nature (Journal) University of Copenhagen eLife (Journal) Source Type: news

Ancient Humans Had Hepatitis B
Analyses of more than 300 ancient human genomes show that Hepatitis B virus has infected humans for at least 4,500 years and has much older origins than modern viral genomes would suggest. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 9, 2018 Category: Science Tags: Daily News Source Type: news

Long-term Safety of Oral Anti-virals for Chronic HBV Long-term Safety of Oral Anti-virals for Chronic HBV
What does the latest evidence tell us about the long-term safety profiles of nucleoside analogues for chronic hepatitis B?Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

From Declaration to Action: Improving Immunization in Africa
Inviolate Akinyi, a 46-year-old grandmother, got her granddaughter immunized using a mix of private and public clinics. Credit: Veronique Magnin – Habari Kibra VolunteerBy Joyce NgangaNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 25 2018 (IPS)Inviolate Akinyi, a 46-year-old grandmother, is certain that her grand-daughter needs to get all her vaccines for her to grow up healthy and strong. She uses a mix of private and public clinics in Kibera, one of the largest informal settlement in Nairobi, to get the 15-month-old the shots she needs. Mary Awour, mother to two-year-old Vilance Amondi, also believes immunization is important to protect her ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Joyce Nganga Tags: Africa Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

ACIP Recommends Heplisav-B Vaccine for Adults ACIP Recommends Heplisav-B Vaccine for Adults
Heplisav-B, a yeast-derived hepatitis B vaccine made with a novel adjuvant, is recommended for individuals aged 18 years and older, according to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Surveillance for Viral Hepatitis - United States, 2016
In 2016, all 50 states and the District of Columbia submitted reports of acute hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection, 48 states submitted reports of acute hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, 42 submitted reports of acute hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, 43 submitted reports of chronic HBV infection, and 42 submitted reports of chronic HCV infection. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - April 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for Use of a Hepatitis B Vaccine with a Novel Adjuvant
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - April 19, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for Use of a Hepatitis B Vaccine with a Novel Adjuvant
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recently recommended Heplisav-B (HepB-CpG), a yeast-derived vaccine prepared with a novel adjuvant, administered as a 2-dose series (0, 1 month) for use in persons aged ≥18 years. The ACIP Hepatitis Vaccines Work Group conducted a systematic review of the evidence, including data from four randomized controlled trials assessing prevention of HBV infection and six randomized controlled trials assessing adverse events in adults. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - April 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Metabolic Syndrome Common With Chronic Hep B Infection
TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 -- Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is prevalent among patients with chronic hepatitis B (HBV) infection, according to a study published online March 29 in Diabetes Care. Mandana Khalili, M.D., from the University of California, San... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 17, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Britain ’s use of contaminated blood was no ‘tragedy’ – it was a scandal | Simon Hattenstone
The latest inquiry must discover how thousands of haemophiliacs contracted HIV or hepatitis C from blood products, and why it was covered up for so longIn two weeks ’ time Sir Brian Langstaff will take up his post as chair of thepublic inquiry into contaminated blood and contaminated blood products. Today, World Haemophilia Day, is the perfect occasion to remind Langstaff what the thousands of haemophiliac victims need from this inquiry if they are to get justice.In the 1970s and 1980s more than 4,600 haemophiliacs contracted HIV or hepatitis C after being infected by contaminated blood-clotting products. Much of the...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 17, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Simon Hattenstone Tags: Health Society Hepatitis B Hepatitis C Aids and HIV NHS Health policy Politics UK news Science Medical research Source Type: news

Sensitive new assay detects hepatitis B infection in single liver cells and serum
(Elsevier) Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) can progress to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). A study published in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics describes a new HBV assay that offers advantages over currently used methods because it has the capability to detect closed circular DNA (cccDNA) in serum, single cells, and preserved tissue samples. This assay can be used to diagnose HCC at an earlier stage to manage treatment more effectively. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

GSK to Compensate for Merck's Pediatric HepB Vaccine Shortage
In the face of a continuing shortage of Merck's pediatric hepatitis B vaccines, the CDC says GlaxoSmithKline will fill in with sufficient supply to meet full U.S. demand. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 11, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Public Health Grand Rounds: Working Together to Eliminate the Threat of Hepatitis B and C
April 17, 2018 1:00pm ET; Atlanta, GA or via webcast. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - April 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Past surgical patients at a Denver hospital may be at risk of HIV, hepatitis
A sterilization breach at Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver may have put patients at risk for infection of HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C, according to a release from the Colorado state health department. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - April 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Almost 300 Million Worldwide May Be Infected With HBV Almost 300 Million Worldwide May Be Infected With HBV
About 292 million people worldwide may be infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV), a new modeling study shows.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

1 in 20 people with hepatitis B receive care worldwide, study says
About one in 20 people with hepatitis B are receiving necessary medical care, according to a new study. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - March 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Breckenridge Pharmaceutical, Inc. Announces Final Approval of its ANDA Entecavir tablets (Baraclude(R))
BOCA RATON, Fla., March 27, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Breckenridge Pharmaceutical, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted final approval for its Abbreviated New Drug Application for Entecavir ta... Biopharmaceuticals, Generics, FDA Breckenridge Pharmaceutical, Entecavir, Baraclude, hepatitis B virus (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - March 27, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

HBV Treatment Fails to Meet Global Targets (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Only 5% of hepatitis B patients received antiviral therapy in 2016 (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - March 26, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Hepatitis B: Four in five infected Britons don't know they have the virus
FOUR in five Britons infected with hepatitis B do not even know they have it, a study warned. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - March 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Uganda:Anger Over Fake Hepatitis B Vaccine
[Independent (Kampala)] Kampala -More Ugandans are infected with Hepatitis B than HIV, the virus which causes the dreaded AIDS. And both infections are spread the same way - through blood and other body fluids. Unlike HIV which destroys the immune system and opens up the sufferer to myriad infections, Hepatitis destroys the liver. And it generally kills faster than AIDS. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 26, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda:Eight Private Kampala Hospitals Named to Handle Hepatitis B Vaccine
[Independent (Kampala)] Kampala -The Ministry of Health has named eight Kampala private health facilities to provide the Hepatitis B vaccine as they put in place measures to halt supply of fake drugs on the market. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 20, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Fake Hepatitis B vaccines found at Ugandan health facilities
, sparking corruption concerns (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - March 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Uganda:Hospital Defends Self On Fake Hepatitis B Vaccines
[Monitor] Univic Medical Centre commonly known as UMC Victoria Hospital, a health facility in Kampala, has refuted the claim by the National Drug Authority (NDA) that they were administering fake Hepatitis B vaccines to clients. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 19, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda:No Hepatitis B Vaccination At Private Hospitals - Government
[Monitor] Kampala -The Ministry of Health has halted Hepatitis B vaccination in private health facilities and suspended medical camps sponsored by private health providers. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 19, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda:Parliament Suspends Hepatitis B Vaccination in Private Clinics and Hospitals
[Independent (Kampala)] Kampala, Uganda | GODFREY SSALI | The Parliamentary health committee has directed an immediate stop in Hepatitis B vaccination by private health facilities. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 16, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda:NDA Seizes Fake Hepatitis Vaccines
[Observer] The National Drug Authority (NDA) is investigating how eight private hospitals and clinics came to sell counterfeit hepatitis B vaccines in Mbarara, Kampala and Mbale. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 16, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda:Halt Hepatitis B Vaccination, MPs Order
[Monitor] Parliament -Parliament's Health Committee has ordered private health facilities to stop carrying out Hepatitis B vaccination until the Health Ministry issues special approval. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 16, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Notes from the Field: False-Negative Hepatitis B Surface Antigen Test Results in a Hemodialysis Patient — Nebraska, 2017
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - March 15, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Uganda:NDA Should Put Its Act Together
[Monitor] On Tuesday, the National Drug Authority (NDA), announced the presence on the market of fake Hepatitis B drugs, which it said are being administered in immunisation camps. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 15, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda:Government Probes Hospitals Over Fake Hepatitis B Vaccines
[Monitor] KAMPALA/MBARARA -The government is set to investigate health facilities that the National Drug Authority (NDA) said it found with stocks of fake Hepatitis B vaccines. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 15, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Tenofovir Fails to Add Extra Hepatitis B Protection for Vaccinated Newborns Tenofovir Fails to Add Extra Hepatitis B Protection for Vaccinated Newborns
Adding tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) to an aggressive treatment strategy fails to give extra protection to newborns at risk for contracting hepatitis B virus (HBV) from their infected mothers, according to a study at 17 public hospitals in Thailand.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Antiviral drug not beneficial for reducing mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B when added to existing preventatives
NIH-funded study observes no significant reduction of infection rates at age 6 months. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - March 7, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news