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Expanding Hepatitis C testing to all adults is cost-effective and improves outcomes
(Boston Medical Center) According to a new study, screening all adults for hepatitis C (HCV) is a cost-effective way to improve clinical outcomes of HCV and identify more infected people compared to current recommendations. Using a simulation model, researchers from Boston Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Stanford University found that this expanded screening would increase life expectancy and quality of life while remaining cost-effective. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 16, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

5-Question Quiz on HCV
It's a short quiz but it covers a broad range of knowledge about testing, treatment, and drug choices in persons with HCV infection. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - February 15, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Patient Care Staff Tags: Hepatitis C Quiz Source Type: news

DIY faecal transplants carry risks including HIV and hepatitis, warn experts
Faecal transplants have been used in medical settings to tackle superbugs, but following YouTube videos at home is too risky, say researchersConcerns have been raised about the growing trend for DIY faecal transplants, with experts fearing such attempts could put individuals at an increased risk of HIV and hepatitis as well as conditions ranging from Parkinson ’s and multiple sclerosis to obesity and sleep disorders.Thetransfer of faeces from one human to another has gained attention as a growing number of studies have suggested links between microbes in the gut anda host of health problems, from autoimmune diseases ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 15, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis in Austin Tags: Microbiology Human biology Infectious diseases Medical research Science Health Source Type: news

Agency Warns of Hepatitis Exposure at Corning Taco Bell
State health officials say people who visited a Taco Bell restaurant in northeast Arkansas may have been exposed to hepatitis A after an employee tested positive for the virus. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - February 15, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Notes from the Field: Underreporting of Maternal Hepatitis C Virus Infection Status and the Need for Infant Testing — Oregon, 2015
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - February 15, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan 2017-2020 Partner Planning Guide
A tool designed for use by individuals, groups, and organizations that are conducting strategic planning efforts for hepatitis B (HBV) and/or hepatitis C (HCV). (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - February 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Namibia:Ongwediva Mitigates Cholera, Hepatitis E
[New Era] Ongwediva -Following the twin outbreak of cholera and hepatitis E in Windhoek, the Ongwediva Town Council plans to embark on an awareness campaign on Valentine's Day, which is today. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 14, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Organ-on-chip technology enters next stage as experts test hepatitis B virus
(Imperial College London) Scientists at Imperial College London have become the first in the world to test how pathogens interact with artificial human organs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Daily Cannabis and Steatosis Risk in HIV and HCV Co-infection Daily Cannabis and Steatosis Risk in HIV and HCV Co-infection
Might daily cannabis use be a protective factor against steatosis in HIV/HCV-co-infected patients?Journal of Viral Hepatitis (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Michigan Hepatitis A Outbreak Continues Michigan Hepatitis A Outbreak Continues
Since August 2016, Michigan has continued to see an elevated number of hepatitis A cases and resultant hospitalizations. Find out how you can help.State Health Alerts (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: None News Source Type: news

Exclusive: Nurses set to lead ‘revolution’ in haemophilia care
Nursing is set to be at the forefront of “revolutionary” changes in haemophilia care, but the profession still carries a burden of “guilt” from the contaminated blood scandal that saw hundreds of NHS patients infected with HIV and hepatitis C, according to a leading specialist nurse. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 9, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Sofosbuvir Regimens Benefit Hard to Treat Patients with Both HIV and Hepatitis C
Favorable results seen with sofosbuvir-containing regimens in these complex patients need to be tempered with the high potential for adverse drug interactions. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - February 9, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Linda Peckel Tags: Hepatitis C Source Type: news

Hepatitis C: Toward New Public Health Models to Improve Detection and Treatment
A community health model based on direct treatment via primary care epxanded detection and treatment of HCV and also increased life expectancy.   (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - February 9, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Linda Peckel Tags: Hepatitis C Source Type: news

Compounds isolated from rattlesnake venom show activity against hepatitis C virus
(Funda ç ã o de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de S ã o Paulo) Studies conducted by Brazilian researchers and published in PLOS ONE and Scientific Reports also found compounds derived from Brazilian plants to be promising against hepatitis C. In spite of the virus' resistance, tests yielded a sharp decline in viral activities such as reproduction and cell invasion. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Circulating lipids play roles in many diseases
(American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) Lipids are fatty molecules that play important signaling and storage roles in the body, but having an excess of some lipids, like cholesterol, is a risk factor for many metabolic diseases. Recent articles in the Journal of Lipid Research investigate the role of cholesterol and other lipids in the blood in cardiovascular disease, hepatitis, and rare genetic disorders. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Gilead Sciences: Investors Are Betting On A Better 2019
Shares of Gilead Sciences are on the rise, even after the drug maker issued low 2018 sales projections for its hepatitis C franchise. The Street sees better times ahead. Here's why. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 7, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Johanna Bennett, Contributor Tags: NASDAQ:GILD Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Diagnosing hepatitis C with the hepatitis C antibody test
Learn about the hepatitis C antibody test, which is used to detect when someone has had the hepatitis C virus. What do the results mean? (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Liver Disease / Hepatitis Source Type: news

Gilead fourth-quarter hepatitis C drug sales plummet, sees further slowdown
(Reuters) - Gilead Sciences Inc on Tuesday said fourth-quarter sales of its flagship hepatitis C drugs fell by more than half amid increased competition, and the company forecast a further slowdown for the current year. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

The Country ’s First Safe Injection Facility May Soon Open in Philadelphia. Here’s What You Need to Know
Last month, supervised injection facilities, also known as safe injection facilities (SIFs), were thrust back into the news when Philadelphia officials announced the city would likely become the first in the U.S. to adopt the controversial tactic for fighting opioid abuse. SIFs, which currently operate in Canada, Europe and Australia, offer drug users a place to use heroin and other narcotics under the supervision of medical professionals. (SIFs do not provide drugs, nor do their employees inject users directly.) Proponents say they can help curb overdose deaths, improve injection hygiene and expand access to addiction tre...
Source: TIME: Health - February 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Drugs healthytime onetime Philadelphia Source Type: news

AAP Releases 2018 Immunization Schedule for Kids and Teens
(MedPage Today) -- New wording for hepatitis B vaccine timing in infants, optional dose of MMR in mumps outbreak (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - February 6, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

ACIP Issues 2018 Child and Adolescent Vaccine Schedule ACIP Issues 2018 Child and Adolescent Vaccine Schedule
Recommendations clarify who should get a third dose of the mumps vaccine and highlight that the hepatitis B vaccine should be given to all nonpremature babies within the first 24 hours of life.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Alert Source Type: news

Namibia:Hospital Goes Three Days Without Water
[Namibian] The Katutura Intermediate Hospital has had no water from Saturday to yesterday, despite reported hepatitis E and cholera outbreaks in Windhoek. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 6, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

'Virus-cracking' molecules advance fight against hepatitis B
(Indiana University) Indiana University researchers have found that certain molecules -- currently under clinical trial -- are able to 'crack' the protective shell of the hepatitis B virus, suggesting it may be possible to attack the virus after its already taken hold in the body. There is currently no cure for the virus, which can cause liver failure and cancer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - February 6, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Namibia:Hepatitis E Claims a Third Victim
[Namibian] HEPATITIS E has claimed its third victim, some two months since the disease outbreak was declared in Windhoek late last year. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 5, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

How viruses disarm the immune system
(McGill University) How do viruses that cause chronic infections, such as HIV or hepatitis c virus, manage to outsmart their hosts' immune systems? The answer to that question has long eluded scientists, but new research from McGill University has uncovered a molecular mechanism that may be a key piece of the puzzle. The discovery could provide new targets for treating a wide range of diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 5, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Fish oil may not be as healthful as you think, study finds
A new study finds that lifelong intake of fish or sunflower oil may damage the liver in a way that increases the risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Liver Disease / Hepatitis Source Type: news

Namibia:Health Inspectors Deployed in Hepatitis-Hit Areas
[New Era] Windhoek -In an effort to contain the hepatitis E outbreak that erupted in the informal settlements of Havana, Hakahana, and Goreangab, the City of Windhoek has deployed 20 health inspectors to the affected areas. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 2, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Hatchet enzyme, enabler of sickness and of health, exposed by neutron beams
(Georgia Institute of Technology) A pioneering glimpse at an enzyme inside elusive cell membranes illuminates a player in cell health but also in hepatitis C and in Alzheimer's. With neutron beams, researchers open a portal into the hidden world of intramembrane proteins, which a third of the human genome is required to create. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 2, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What is the relation between baby boomers and hepatitis C?
Learn about the relationship between baby boomers and hepatitis C, and why people born between 1945 and 1965 should be tested for the disease. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Liver Disease / Hepatitis Source Type: news

DAAs cost effective for treatment of hepatitis  C in Norway
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - February 1, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Namibia:City to Spend N$32 Million On Hepatitis E Fight
[Namibian] WINDHOEK mayor Muesee Kazapua says the city has allocated N$32 million to fight the hepatitis E scourge. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 31, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Deaths from liver cancer nearly double since the 1990s, new figures reveal
(World Hepatitis Alliance) Over the last two decades, deaths caused by liver cancer have increased by 80 percent, making it one of the fastest-growing causes of cancer deaths worldwide. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - January 31, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

A Role for Budesonide in Autoimmune Hepatitis? (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Effective second-line treatment after prednisolone failure (Source: MedPage Today Dermatology)
Source: MedPage Today Dermatology - January 30, 2018 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

Engaging Active Drug Users about Hepatitis C: from Testing through Cure and Beyond
February 6, 2018 3:00-4:30pm ET.(National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable) (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - January 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

NHS England sets out plans to be first in the world to eliminate hepatitis C
England could be the first country in the world to eliminate hepatitis C, under ambitious plans announced by the NHS. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 30, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

HBV Reactivation in Patients With HCV/HBV Cirrhosis on DAAs HBV Reactivation in Patients With HCV/HBV Cirrhosis on DAAs
Does clearance or suppression of HCV by direct-acting antivirals in patients with chronic HCV hepatitis and HBV coinfection increase the risk of HBV reactivation?Journal of Viral Hepatitis (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

NHS bids to banish hepatitis C by 2025
The NHS is planning for England to be the first country in the world to eliminate Hepatitis C with health leaders saying they can eliminate the disease by 2025. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Kiwi compound may prevent non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
Research suggests that a compound found in kiwi and celery may prevent fatty liver in offspring born to mothers who ate a high-fat diet in pregnancy. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Liver Disease / Hepatitis Source Type: news

Medical News Today: HCV RNA PCR test: Qualitative and quantitative results
The HCV RNA PCR test is a blood test used to diagnose hepatitis C and measure the level of the hepatitis C virus in the bloodstream. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Liver Disease / Hepatitis Source Type: news

Could the biological clock be a key ally in the fight against inflammatory disease?
(ANRS) What if the symptoms and seriousness of certain inflammatory diseases were linked to time of day? Researchers from Inserm have been working on this hypothesis, after noting that the seriousness and mortality associated with fulminant hepatitis were dependent on the time at which the disease was induced. Their study, conducted on human cells and mice, shows that the anti-inflammatory action of a biological clock protein could prevent the onset of fulminant hepatitis, by alleviating symptoms and increasing survival rates. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What to eat if you have hepatitis C
Hepatitis C can damage the liver and lead to cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver. Damage to the liver may mean that a person needs to modify their diet. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Liver Disease / Hepatitis Source Type: news

Aptima(R) HBV Quant Assay for Quantitation of Hepatitis B Viral Load Receives PMA Approval
Aptima assay portfolio rapidly expanding with the addition of tests to quantitate HIV-1, HCV and HBV now available on the fully automated Panther system MARLBOROUGH, Mass., Jan. 25, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Hologic, Inc. (Nasda... Diagnostics, FDA Hologic, Aptima, HBV Quant Assay, Hepatitis B (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - January 25, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What is acute hepatitis C and is it serious?
Learn about acute hepatitis C, the form of the disease that occurs within 2 weeks to 6 months of exposure to the v írus. We look at symptoms and treatments. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Liver Disease / Hepatitis Source Type: news

Repurposed drug found to be effective against Zika virus
In both cell cultures and mouse models, a drug used to treat Hepatitis C effectively protected and rescued neural cells infected by the Zika virus - and blocked transmission of the virus to mouse fetuses. Writing in the current online issue of the journal Scientific Reports, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues in Brazil and elsewhere, say their findings support further investigation of using the repurposed drug as a potential treatment for Zika-infected adults, including pregnant women. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - January 25, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

Repurposed drug found to be effective against Zika virus
(University of California - San Diego) In both cell cultures and mouse models, a drug used to treat Hepatitis C effectively protected and rescued neural cells infected by the Zika virus -- and blocked transmission of the virus to mouse fetuses. Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues in Brazil and elsewhere, say their findings support further investigation of using the repurposed drug as a potential treatment for Zika-infected adults, including pregnant women. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 25, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Health Highlights: Jan. 24, 2018
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: San Diego Hepatitis A Public Health Emergency Over: Officials The hepatitis A public health emergency in San Diego is over, officials announced... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 24, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Viral replication discovery could spur new broad-spectrum antivirals
(Morgridge Institute for Research) Scientists at the Morgridge Institute for Research have discovered a new Achilles heel in the replication process of positive-strand RNA viruses, a class responsible for health threats such as Zika, polio, chikungunya and hepatitis C. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 24, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

San Diego declares end to Hepatitis A emergency
San Diego County officials declare end to Hepatitis A emergency after no new deaths reported since October (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Hepatitis C Infection: Updated Information for Front Line Workers in Primary Care Settings
February 14, 2018 2:00-3:00pm ET. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - January 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Co-managing HIV, Hepatitis C, and Opioid Abuse Co-managing HIV, Hepatitis C, and Opioid Abuse
Treating or even curing these infections isn't enough. Without treatment for opioid abuse, the patient will die.Medscape Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Expert Column Source Type: news