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The Best of the Week to You: Oct 6 - Oct 13, 2017

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Hepatitis C and the Rheumatologist: Our Role in the Quest for Global Eradication of HCV

I am pleased to have Healio Rheumatology focus this issue’s Cover Story on the intersection of viral hepatitis and rheumatology, as this is a subject both near to my heart as well as one of great importance to many patients. Our esteemed sources enlighten us on many aspects of the impact of viral hepatitis and rheumatic diseases from not only from the perspective of these viruses as etiologies for many rheumatic syndromes, but also, and far more important,

Cannabis May Be Protective Against Steatosis in Persons Coinfected with HIV-HCV

MARSEILLE, FRANCE — Cannabis may be protective against liver disease in subjects infected with both the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), according to data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Viral Hepatitis. French investigators assessed the relationship between cannabis use and the prevalence of steatosis (fatty liver disease) in a cohort of 838 HIV-HCV co-infected subjects. They reported, “Daily cannab

SVR reduces hepatic venous pressure gradient, portal hypertension persists

Sustained virologic response correlated with reduced hepatic venous pressure gradient in patients with HCV-associated cirrhosis, according to a recently published study. However, clinically significant portal hypertension continued to persist in most patients. “Development of [clinically significant portal hypertension] is a hallmark in the natural history of cirrhosis because it is associated with a higher risk of hepatic decompensation, and increased ri

Liver pressure has ‘come of age,’ aids management of liver disease

ORLANDO — Measuring hepatic pressure should be done by gastroenterologists and hepatologists because it can best direct treatment and outcomes, according to an international expert at the World Congress of Gastroenterology at ACG 2017. “Liver pressure has come of age. Gastroenterologists and hepatologists besides endoscopy should learn to measure pressures, should use it in routine practice like blood pressure measurements,” Shiv Kumar Sarin, MD, DM, dire