The Week in Review: September 8 – September 15, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017 News Recap: President’s Report from HepCBC’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) HepCBC held its Annual General Meeting on September 12, 2017, and we are pleased to note that all the issues that we needed to address were covered.  Rosemary Plummer has stepped down as president after 2 GREAT YEARS of service, but the rest of the Board of Directors has been re-elected, and some very important changes to our Constitution and Bylaws ...

Viral hepatitis kills more people than HIV, malaria or tuberculosis

World Hepatitis Alliance calls for immediate political action to counteract fatal trend [London, 14 September] According to the Global Burden of Disease study released today, deaths caused by viral hepatitis have surpassed all chronic infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. The study illustrates that in 2016, the total deaths caused by viral hepatitis, including liver cancer, acute cases, cirrhosis, hepatitis A, E, B, C and ...

President’s Report 2017 – HepCBC – Rosemary Plummer, RN – Sept. 12, 2017, Victoria, BC

Rosemary Plummer, R.N. – PRESIDENT (2015 – 2017) Thank you, everyone, who has worked hard this year, continuing our activities in the many communities in which we live. We have done a lot of meeting and communicating, on-line, in person, by telephone, and on Skype. We have examined our goals, looking to the past and future while re-writing our Constitution, Bylaws, and Policy Manual to reflect new realities. Meanwhile, the phones - now toll-free - a...

Women with HCV face low ovarian reserve, infertility, miscarriage

Women of child-bearing age with hepatitis C showed early signs of menopause, putting them at greater risk for infertility, gestational diabetes and miscarriage, according to a recently published study. Sustained virologic response positively impacted these outcomes. “We report that the relationship between HCV infection and reproductive status in women is much deeper and broader than previously thought, with profound consequences for reproductive function

How liver cancer develops

An international team of researchers headed up by UZH Professor Achim Weber from the Institute of Pathology and Molecular Pathology of the University Hospital Zurich and Mathias Heikenwälder, professor at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, Germany, has discovered a major mechanism in the development of liver cancer. One of the main players in this process is enzyme caspase-8, which assumes an important dual role. Liver cancer is the second...

Johnson & Johnson pulls plug on Medivir-Achillion hep C cocktail to focus on hep B

Citing a crowded market of innovative meds, Janssen has canned work on its hep C cocktail program with partners Medivir and Achillion. The pair were working on the hepatitis C treatment regimen known as JNJ-4178, a combo of three direct acting antivirals: AL-335, Achillion’s odalasvir and the Janssen-Medivir med Olysio (simeprevir). The Big Pharma said that the ongoing phase 2 tests with JNJ-4178 will be completed as planned, “but there will be no additio

The Week in Review: September 1 – September 8, 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017 News Recap: She thought her mystery ailment was cancer, but bloodwork revealed a surprise This is an amazing story ...but it could happen to anyone, and we know this because we hear these kinds of stories often. This is why it is so important that Boomers be tested for hepatitis C. Gail Wells got really sick and nobody could figure out why. They looked for cancer, for multiple sclerosis, for vitamin deficiencies, and then s...