Hep C Guidance Update Quiz: Special Populations
The newest HCV guidance is out on special populations. Are you up to date? Take our short, 5-question quiz to find out.   (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - June 21, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Andrew D. Bowser Tags: Hepatitis C Source Type: news

State court lets Kwiatkowski case move ahead
A Pennsylvania state court has allowed a lawsuit to move ahead against the...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: ARRT responds to Newsweek article on Kwiatkowski Former RT Kwiatkowski reveals drug diversion secrets Kwiatkowski sentenced to 39 years in prison Kwiatkowski pleads guilty in hepatitis C case NH report slams Exeter Hospital procedures in hepatitis C outbreak (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - June 21, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Legal fight winding down in hospital hepatitis C case
A hospital has settled with a staffing agency but is still suing a registry organization over a traveling medical technician who infected dozens of patients in multiple states with hepatitis C before his arrest in 2012 (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Opioid overdose survivors face continued health challenges, higher death rate
(Columbia University Irving Medical Center) Survivors of opioid overdose are at great risk of dying in the year after overdose, but the deaths are not always caused by drug use, a new study reveals. In addition to succumbing to drug use, survivors were much more likely to die from respiratory diseases, viral hepatitis, and suicide. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 20, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Compound made inside human body stops viruses from replicating
(Penn State) A team of researchers has identified the mode of action of viperin, a naturally occurring enzyme in humans and other mammals that is known to have antiviral effects on viruses such as West Nile, hepatitis C, rabies, and HIV. This discovery could allow researchers to develop a drug that could act as a broad-spectrum therapy for a range of viruses, including Zika. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 20, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Neuroimaging in Hepatitis C Chronic Infection Neuroimaging in Hepatitis C Chronic Infection
By way of neuroimaging studies, this review aimed to characterize the structural and functional impact of hepatitis C infection on the brain and central nervous system.Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Arkansas Health Department Says 36 Have Contracted Hepatitis A
Three dozen people have contracted hepatitis A amid a series of exposures in northeastern Arkansas this year, according to state health officials. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - June 19, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

CDC Adds New HIV and Social Determinants of Health Indicators to NCHHSTP's AtlasPlus
The National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention's (NCHHSTP) AtlasPlus has added 11 new indicators that increase access to information on HIV and, for the first time, social determinants of health. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - June 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Liver Cancer Doubled in High-Income Countries Liver Cancer Doubled in High-Income Countries
Rates of liver cancer have doubled since the 1990s in high-income countries and are largely due to infection with hepatitis B and C, as well as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Liver Cancer a Big Threat to U.S., Other Developed Nations
FRIDAY, June 15, 2018 -- Liver cancer cases in several developed countries have doubled in the past 25 years, due to the continuing obesity epidemic and a spike in hepatitis infections, new research suggests. Even worse, the sharp rise in liver... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 15, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

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

Outbreak of Hepatitis A Virus (HAV) Infections among Persons Who Use Drugs and Persons Experiencing Homelessness
CDC and state health departments are investigating hepatitis A outbreaks in multiple states among persons reporting drug use and/or homelessness and their contacts. This Health Alert Network (HAN) Advisory alerts public health departments, healthcare facilities, and programs providing services to affected populations about these outbreaks of hepatitis A infections and provides guidance to assist in identifying and preventing new infections. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - June 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Remember Last Year's Hepatitis A Outbreak? This Year It's So Much Worse.
Cases of the potentially deadly liver disease have nearly doubled as outbreaks spread nationwide. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 13, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

What to do for relapsers after hepatitis C treatment?
Title: What to do for relapsers after hepatitis C treatment?Category: Doctor's& Expert's views on SymptomsCreated: 8/25/2000 7:54:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 6/13/2018 2:55:08 PM (Source: MedicineNet Digestion General)
Source: MedicineNet Digestion General - June 13, 2018 Category: Nutrition Source Type: news

Chronic Viral Hepatitis, Alcoholism, Cirrhosis Linked to Liver Cancer
Title: Chronic Viral Hepatitis, Alcoholism, Cirrhosis Linked to Liver CancerCategory: Doctor's& Expert's views on SymptomsCreated: 10/31/2001 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 6/13/2018 2:55:10 PM (Source: MedicineNet Cancer General)
Source: MedicineNet Cancer General - June 13, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Minister: 'We got it wrong on Hep C drug'
A health minister said the NHS needs to be better prepared for the budget impact of new medicines such as the oral drug for Hepatitis C, and admitted “we didn’t get it right”. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

National HCV Elimination Programs Show Early Success in Treatment and Cure
Two new international studies on HCV show elimination programs have high levels of engagement, treatment initiation, and cure rates.   (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - June 12, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Andrew D. Bowser Tags: Hepatitis C Source Type: news

Where Direct Acting Agents Fail, a New Retreatment Strategy May Win
For patients infected with hepatitis C virus who do not respond to direct-acting antiviral agents, results of a new study could mean a much brighter future. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - June 11, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Andrew D. Bowser Tags: Hepatitis C Source Type: news

Liver cancer symptoms: Signs only appear when cancer is advanced - you must act quickly
LIVER cancer symptoms are often only triggered once the cancer is advanced, meaning you should respond immediately if you see signs of the cancer. Being a heavy drinker, overweight or having a hepatitis infection puts you at “high risk” of developing the condition. These five symptoms may indicate liver cancer. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - June 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hepatitis A outbreak warning - symptoms you MUST know after poo virus spotted in UK
A HEPATITIS A  outbreak has been reported in the UK, and Public Health England is urging the public to watch out for signs and symptoms. Symptoms are caused by a virus that’s spread in the poo of an infected person. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - June 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Superbug Infections Rising Among Injection Drug Users
NEW YORK (AP) — One type of superbug bacteria is increasingly spreading among people who inject drugs, according to a new government report. Users of heroin and other injection drugs were 16 times more likely than other people to develop severe illnesses from MRSA, said the report published Thursday. "Drug use has crept up and now accounts for a substantial proportion of these very serious infections," said Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University, one of the study's authors. The U.S. is in the midst of its deadliest drug epidemic ever. While overdose deaths have been the main concern, some studies ha...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 8, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mike Stobbe, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Superbug Infections Rising Among Injection Drug Users
NEW YORK (AP) — One type of superbug bacteria is increasingly spreading among people who inject drugs, according to a new government report. Users of heroin and other injection drugs were 16 times more likely than other people to develop severe illnesses from MRSA, said the report published Thursday. "Drug use has crept up and now accounts for a substantial proportion of these very serious infections," said Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University, one of the study's authors. The U.S. is in the midst of its deadliest drug epidemic ever. While overdose deaths have been the main concern, some studies ha...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - June 8, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mike Stobbe, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

One-third of Patients Denied New Hepatitis C Drugs One-third of Patients Denied New Hepatitis C Drugs
Despite an overall greater availability of direct-acting antivirals, absolute denials by insurers increased during 2016-2017 and remained high regardless of insurance type.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

One-third of hepatitis C prescriptions rejected by insurers, study says
Public and private health insurers have denied more than one-third of claims for hepatitis C drugs because they can cost several thousand dollars a month. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News 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

Half of hepatitis C patients with private insurance denied life-saving drugs
(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) The number of insurance denials for life-saving hepatitis C drugs among patients with both private and public insurers remains high across the United States. Private insurers had the highest denial rates, with 52.4 percent of patients denied coverage, while Medicaid denied 34.5 percent of patients and Medicare denied 14.7 percent. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Insurance denials for new hepatitis C drugs remain high nationwide, study suggests
(Infectious Diseases Society of America) Highly effective drugs that can cure chronic hepatitis C infection in approximately 95 percent of patients first became available in the US in 2014. But both public and private insurers continue to deny coverage for these costly drugs at high rates nationwide, despite efforts to remove treatment restrictions, according to a new study published in Open Forum Infectious Diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Post-Transplant Tx Reduces Wait for Kidney in Hep C & #43; Patients
WEDNESDAY, June 6, 2018 -- Post-transplant hepatitis C treatment increases access to transplant and reduces waitlist time among hepatitis C-positive patients awaiting kidney transplantation, according to a study published online May 14 in the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - June 6, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Australian woman's death linked to hepatitis from pomegranate seeds
A 64-year-old woman in Australia died after contracting hepatitis A linked to frozen pomegranate seeds, according to local health officials. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - June 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News 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

Pomegranate contamination kills woman in Australia
Her death from hepatitis A is a "rare and tragic" case caused by a frozen product, authorities say. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News 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 D: The'Forgotten Virus' is Still Here
(MedPage Today) -- More attention to screening, treatment is needed, say experts (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - June 4, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Action Needed for Hepatitis A Outbreak Response: Health Alert for Michigan Providers Action Needed for Hepatitis A Outbreak Response: Health Alert for Michigan Providers
State Health Alerts (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News Source Type: news

Hepatitis Awareness Month Twitter Chat
June 14, 2018 2:00pm ET. Use the hashtag #HepChat to join in. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - June 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health 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

New guidelines recommend hepatitis C screening for those born between 1945 and 1975
Canadians born between 1945 and 1975 should be tested for the potentially liver-destroying virus hepatitis C, a new set of guidelines recommends. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

New guidelines recommend hepatitis C screening be done for those born between 1945 and 1975
Canadians born between 1945 and 1975 — essentially the baby-boom generation — should be tested for the potentially liver-destroying virus hepatitis C, a new set of guidelines recommends. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Alcohol Abstinence Before Liver Transplant Shorter Now for Some Patients Alcohol Abstinence Before Liver Transplant Shorter Now for Some Patients
Increasingly, liver transplant centers are doing away with the long-standing practice of delaying liver transplant in patients with severe alcoholic hepatitis (SAH) until they abstain from alcohol for six months, according to a new survey of U.S. transplant centers.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - June 1, 2018 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Screening for Hepatitis C Climbs in Colorado
The rate of screening for hepatitis C among Coloradans nearly tripled between 2011 and 2016, a Colorado Health Institute analysis of newly available data shows. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - May 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Tennessee becomes latest state to report hepatitis A outbreak as 14 cases are confirmed in Nashville
Tennessee is the latest US state to report an outbreak of hepatitis A with around 14 cases confirmed in Nashville since December, joining a growing number of US states that have reported outbreaks. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tennessee Is Just the Latest State to Report a Hepatitis A Outbreak. Here ’s What to Know
Tennessee has joined a growing number of states battling hepatitis A outbreaks, public health officials report. The Nashville Metro Public Health Department (MPHD) announced that 14 cases of hepatitis A have been confirmed in the city since December 2017 —significantly more than the two cases it sees in an average year. MPHD is working with state public health officials to contain the outbreak, according to a statement, but the infection has already popped up in a number of nearby states, as well as some on the West Coast. Here’s what to know hepatitis A and the outbreaks around the country. What is hepatitis ...
Source: TIME: Health - May 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime Infectious Disease onetime Source Type: news

Hepatitis A outbreak cases on rise across US; Nashville reports outbreak
Tennessee is the most recent state to report an outbreak of hepatitis A, with Nashville claiming 14 confirmed cases since December. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Namibia:Confirmed Omusati Hepatitis E Cases Now 11
[New Era] Ongwediva -Confirmed Hepatitis E cases in Omusati stand at 11 and not 10 cases as was recently reported. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 29, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Surrey develops hepatitis C model that could help improve treatment
(University of Surrey) The University of Surrey has created a new mathematical model that details how the hepatitis C (HCV) infection develops and behaves more accurately than previous models. This new model has the potential to improve treatment for the infection that affects 215,000 people in the United Kingdom. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 29, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Namibia:Hepatitis E Spreads North
[Namibian] THE hepatitis E outbreak which has claimed 14 lives in Windhoek has reached northern Namibia, and one person reportedly died on Friday at the Oshakati State Hospital. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 28, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Estimating HCV Prognosis Using Transient Elastography Estimating HCV Prognosis Using Transient Elastography
Is non-invasive transient elastography as accurate as histologic assessment of fibrosis progression rates in estimating prognosis in treatment-naive chronic hepatitis C patients?Journal of Viral Hepatitis (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Hepatitis A Now Hits Nashville, And There Is Not Enough Of The Vaccine
How do you spread Hepatitis A? Here's the poop. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - May 26, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news