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When Is Evidence Enough to Justify Widespread Screening? When Is Evidence Enough to Justify Widespread Screening?
Just because we can screen for important diseases like diabetes or hepatitis C — should we?Georgetown University Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Commentary Source Type: news

The Cedar Project: mortality among young Indigenous people who use drugs in British Columbia - Jongbloed K, Pearce ME, Pooyak S, Zamar D, Thomas V, Demerais L, Christian WM, Henderson E, Sharma R, Blair AH, Yoshida EM, Schechter MT, Spittal PM.
We report mortality rates among young Indigenous people who use... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Shortening Duration of Therapy With DAAs for HCV Genotype 1 Shortening Duration of Therapy With DAAs for HCV Genotype 1
Can direct-acting antiviral therapy for hepatitis C genotype 1 be reduced to less than the current standard of 12 weeks without compromising outcomes?Journal of Viral Hepatitis (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Opioid Crisis Inflaming Hep C, HIV in Hard-Hit Communities Opioid Crisis Inflaming Hep C, HIV in Hard-Hit Communities
The opioid epidemic is having an effect on hepatitis C and HIV transmissions, new state-by-state data show, but funding shortcomings are translating into treatment gaps that have some experts worried.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nursing News Source Type: news

MSF Secures Generic Hepatitis C Treatment at $120 Compared to $147,000 Launch Price Tag
Dramatic price reduction illustrates the importance of generic options to improve public health.Language English (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - November 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Elias Primoff Source Type: news

Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection: Developing Direct-Acting Antiviral Drugs for Treatment Guidance for Industry
Clinical / Antimicrobial (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - November 6, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Hepatitis C could be eliminated in Canada, but drug prices, screening barriers stand in the way
About 70 million people, including an estimated 250,000 Canadians, are infected with hepatitis C worldwide. The majority could be cured of the liver-damaging virus in 12 weeks at a cost of just $50 US each, researchers say. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

MSF Charity Secures Generic Hepatitis C Drugs for $1.40 a Day MSF Charity Secures Generic Hepatitis C Drugs for $1.40 a Day
Medecins Sans Frontieres, the international nonprofit medical charity, said on Tuesday it had struck deals with generic manufacturers to buy hepatitis C drugs for as little as $1.40 a day, a dramatic reduction on original prices.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

MSF Secures Generic Hepatitis C Treatment at $120 Compared to $147,000 Launch Price Tag
Press releaseMSF Secures Generic Hepatitis C Treatment at $120 Compared to $147,000 Launch Price TagOctober 31, 2017The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/M édecins Sans Frontières (MSF) announced today it can now purchase generic hepatitis C medicines for as low as $1.40 per day, or $120 per 12-week treatment course, for two key medicines used to treat and cure this disease, sofosbuvir and daclatasvir. This dramatic price reduction—which will benef it patients in countries where MSF can supply generic versions—illustrates the importance of generic options, whi...
Source: MSF News - November 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Brienne Prusak Source Type: news

National Viral Hepatitis Progress Report
Report highlighting the nation's progress toward reducing the burden of hepatitis A virus (HAV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - November 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Lack of Awareness May Spur Spread of Hep C
Only about half of people in the United States with hepatitis C know they have the curable disease, new data shows. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lack of Awareness May Spur Spread of Hep C
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 1, 2017 -- Only about half of people in the United States with hepatitis C know they have the curable disease, new data shows. That lack of awareness contributes to increasing rates of hepatitis C infection and means the country is... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 1, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

MSF charity secures generic hepatitis C drugs for $1.40 a day
LONDON (Reuters) - Medecins Sans Frontieres, the international nonprofit medical charity, said on Tuesday it had struck deals with generic manufacturers to buy hepatitis C drugs for as little as $1.40 a day, a dramatic reduction on original prices. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Ahead of Brazil Summit, UN reports 3 million people now have access to hepatitis C cure
A record 3 million people obtained treatment for hepatitis C over the past two years, and 2.8 million more people embarked on lifelong treatment for hepatitis B in 2016, the United Nations health agency reported Tuesday, the eve of the World Hepatitis Summit in Brazil, highlighting increasing momentum in the global response to the viral disease. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 31, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ahead of Brazil Summit, UN reports three million people now have access to hepatitis C cure
A record three million people obtained treatment for hepatitis C over the past two years, and 2.8 million more people embarked on lifelong treatment for hepatitis B in 2016, the United Nations health agency reported Tuesday, the eve of the World Hepatitis Summit in Brazil, highlighting increasing momentum in the global response to the viral disease. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 31, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Close to 3 million people access hepatitis C cure
(Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 31, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: hepatitis [subject], jaundice, hepatitis a, hepatitis b, hepatitis c, hepatitis e, hepatitis [subject], jaundice, hepatitis a, hepatitis b, hepatitis c, hepatitis e, Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

Fatty Liver Common After Direct-Acting Antivirals for Hep C Fatty Liver Common After Direct-Acting Antivirals for Hep C
After hepatitis C is cured, patients should be monitored for steatosis and progression to fibrosis, new research indicates.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

HCV Rates Double in Pregnancy, Up Risk for Vertical Transmission HCV Rates Double in Pregnancy, Up Risk for Vertical Transmission
Increasing injection use due to the opioid crisis means rates of hepatitis C virus infection among pregnant women almost doubled in one US state, upping the number of infants at risk for vertical transmission.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

How To Cure An Infectious Disease In The World's Poorest Countries
Gilead Sciences EVP Gregg Alton: Can lessons learned from HIV be applied to hepatitis C? (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - October 27, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Science Business, Contributor Source Type: news

Tiny Opioid Victims: Addicted Moms-to-Be Transmit Hepatitis C
More fallout from the U.S. opioid epidemic: Wisconsin has seen a near doubling of women on Medicaid who have the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in pregnancy. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - October 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Addicted Moms-to-Be Transmit Hepatitis C To Babies
More fallout from the U.S. opioid epidemic: Wisconsin has seen a near doubling of women on Medicaid who have the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in pregnancy. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - October 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tiny Opioid Victims: Addicted Moms-to-Be Transmit Hepatitis C
Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Hepatitis C, Infections and Pregnancy, Opioid Abuse and Addiction (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - October 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Increased Risk for Mother-to-Infant Transmission of Hepatitis C Virus Among Medicaid Recipients ― Wisconsin, 2011-2015
Among Wisconsin Medicaid recipients, the rate of HCV infection during pregnancy is increasing. During 2011-2015, the proportion of women who had HCV infection before their date of delivery increased 93%, from 1 in 368 pregnancies to 1 in 192 pregnancies. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - October 26, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Increased Risk for Mother-to-Infant Transmission of Hepatitis C Virus Among Medicaid Recipients - Wisconsin, 2011 –2015
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - October 26, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Increased Risk for Mother-to-Infant Transmission of Hepatitis C Virus Among Medicaid Recipients — Wisconsin, 2011–2015
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - October 26, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Tiny Opioid Victims: Addicted Moms-to-Be Transmit Hepatitis C
THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2017 -- More fallout from the U.S. opioid epidemic: Wisconsin has seen a near doubling of women on Medicaid who have the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in pregnancy. In turn, this has fueled a rise in babies born with the dangerous... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 26, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Study finds gaps in care for Rhode Island hepatitis C patients
A study by Brown University described gaps in care for young opioid users at risk for hepatitis C. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Direct-acting Antivirals Cut Risk of Liver Cancer Direct-acting Antivirals Cut Risk of Liver Cancer
Eradicating hepatitis C virus (HCV) with direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy reduces the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma by 71%, according to results of a large observational study.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - October 25, 2017 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Hepatitis C care falling short for young opioid users in R.I.
(Brown University) New research finds that while many Rhode Island young adults who use opioids get screened for hepatitis C, they aren't always connected to care for an infection if one is detected. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Understanding Patient Perceptions and Risk for HCV Screening Understanding Patient Perceptions and Risk for HCV Screening
This study examined perceived barriers to Hepatitis C testing. How well do patients self-identify their risk factors for HCV?Journal of Viral Hepatitis (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Australian research highlights worldwide risk of HIV and Hepatitis C epidemics
(University of New South Wales) Two reviews of the global prevalence of injecting drug use and of interventions to prevent the spread of blood borne viruses among people who inject drugs are published today in leading international journal The Lancet Global Health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 24, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

AbbVie's hepatitis C drug recommended for use within UK NHS Wales
The All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG) has recommended AbbVie ’s Maviret for use within NHS Wales, UK, to treat adults suffering from chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - October 22, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

EMR Alerts Up HCV Screening in Baby Boomers
(MedPage Today) -- But testing for hepatitis C virus still falls short of USPSTF guidelines (Source: MedPage Today Meeting Coverage)
Source: MedPage Today Meeting Coverage - October 22, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Hepatitis C Screening May Boost Opioid Treatment Success
FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2017 -- Opioid abuse therapy may be more effective if patients are screened for hepatitis C as part of the program, a new Canadian study says. The research found a sharp drop in opioid abuse among patients after they were told they... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 20, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Leading medical organizations issue recommendations regarding hepatitis C in pregnancy
(Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine) National medical organizations jointly issue new recommendations regarding Hepatitis C in pregnancy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 19, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Researchers define burden of Hepatitis in Democratic Republic of the Congo
(University of North Carolina Health Care) Using laboratory equipment readily available in developing countries, researchers from UNC and Abbott Diagnostics were able to define and map the burden of hepatitis C virus for the first time in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Their findings were published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 18, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

How etectRx ’ s “ smart pill ” aims to improve patient compliance trends
When Harry Travis first met Neil Euliano and learned about his medication adherence technology, the pharmaceutical industry was beginning to usher in the age of pricey drugs with Hepatitis C therapies that hit the market at prices like $500 or $1,000 dollars a pill. “It just so happened at the time, really expensive medications were front and center in everybody’s mind in the world of pharmacy,” Travis told Drug Delivery Business News. “No one had ever experienced a $1,000 pill. That was a first through the industry. We were all in sticker shock.” Travis would know – he’s a ph...
Source: Mass Device - October 17, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Drug-Device Combinations Patient Monitoring Pharmaceuticals Baxter Cardinal Health etectrx Gilead Sciences Source Type: news

Another Outbreak Related to the Nation ’s Opioid Crisis: Hepatitis C
Details the increased rates of Hepatitis C and how they correlate to the opioid epidemic by looking at West Virginia, which has the highest rates of overdose deaths and new hepatitis B and C infections in the country. Because those infected with hepatitis often do not display symptoms immediately, the disease can go untreated for years, leading eventually to end-stage liver disease. This is one among many diseases that are rising in the midst of the opioid epidemic, and although there is a treatment for it, for many it is not affordable. (May require subscription to view full article.) (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 17, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Gene transcription in virus-specific CD8 T cells differentiates chronic from resolving HCV
(Massachusetts General Hospital) Massachusetts General Hospital investigators have identified differences in gene transcription within key immune cells that may distinguish those individuals infected with the hepatitis C virus who develop chronic infection from those whose immune systems successfully clear the virus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 17, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

CDC Considers Expanding Hepatitis C Testing CDC Considers Expanding Hepatitis C Testing
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is contemplating lowering the age recommendation for hepatitis C screening, and amplifying the criteria to include those with risk factors.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

What Are the Health Needs of Incarcerated Youth?
Discussion In the US during 2011, ~60,000 youth were incarcerated at some time in a correctional facility. Boys are detained more than girls (86% vs 14% respectively in the US, 95% male in the United Kingdom in 2014) but girls have more health issues. There are racial and ethnic differences with 38-40% of detainees being black, 23% being Hispanic/Latino and 32% being white, and 5% other. For detained youth, 5% are for violent crimes, 22% for non-violent property crimes and the majority of the rest are for non-violent offices such as substance use. The average length of detainment is 3-4 months and unfortunately the rates o...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - October 16, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Hepatitis C Cure'Difficult to Implement'Hepatitis C Cure'Difficult to Implement '
Effective treatments are available for patients with hep C, but bridging the gap between infected patients and a cure can be complicated.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Hep C Cases Discovered in Public Services Screening Hep C Cases Discovered in Public Services Screening
When hepatitis C screening is offered through county services, infected people can be identified and linked with care, a pioneering program demonstrates.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

States Invited to Join New HHS Hepatitis C Medicaid Affinity Group
HHS has launched a new joint initiative: the Hepatitis C Medicaid Affinity Group, which aims to increase the number and percentage of Medicaid patients diagnosed with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection that are successfully treated and cured. Participating state public health and Medicaid programs can learn and share promising approaches to improve health outcomes and reduce costs by successfully treating and curing Medicaid enrollees diagnosed with HCV. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - October 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Launch of National Hepatitis Strategic Framework
Honourable Minister for National Health Services and Coordination, my sister Saira Afzal Tarar; Regional Director for the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region, my brother Mahmoud Fikri; (Source: WHO Director-General speeches)
Source: WHO Director-General speeches - October 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: director-general [subject], director-general [subject], director-general [subject], hepatitis [subject], jaundice, hepatitis a, hepatitis b, hepatitis c, hepatitis e, Eastern Mediterranean Region [region], Pakistan [country], Speech [doctype] Source Type: news

Do DAAs Curb the Long-term Effects of Chronic HCV Infection? Do DAAs Curb the Long-term Effects of Chronic HCV Infection?
After reviewing the evidence, researchers from the Cochrane Hepato-Biliary Group were unable to determine whether long-term treatment with direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) can affect hepatitis C-related morbidity, serious adverse events, health-related quality of life and all-cause mortality.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Hepatitis Barriers to Care Focus of ICVH 2017 Hepatitis Barriers to Care Focus of ICVH 2017
Efforts to improve screening for hepatitis C and access to treatment, especially for high-risk populations, will be in the spotlight at the upcoming International Conference on Viral Hepatitis (ICVH).Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

3 Reasons to Feel Good About Drinking Coffee on National Coffee Day
People often think about their relationship with coffee as a bad habit: maybe they splurge too frequently on $4 lattes (free coffee deals only come around once a year), or they’re so dependent on their morning pot of coffee that they can’t function without it. While there is a case to be made for not overdoing it, there are also plenty of reasons to embrace your daily coffee ritual without guilt. Yes, there’s the taste, the aroma, and the way coffee brings those fuzzy mornings into focus. But in recent years, research has also suggested that coffee has real health perks—and that for many people, the...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amanda MacMillan Tags: Uncategorized Diet/Nutrition is coffee good for you National Coffee Day Source Type: news