The Week in Review: March 17, 2017 – March 24, 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017 News Recap Well, if you've been up to our site and seen the daily news posts you will have seen that new drug access policies have now come into effect in BC and Quebec, as well as Ontario. It looks like the slate is the same for these 3 provinces, and we are listing what's available in BC so you can make sense of it.  For more information on the expanded access criteria in Quebec see here, and in particular the note from CD. ...

The Week in Review: March 10, 2017 – March 17, 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017 News Recap Top of the news this week is a report from Cheryl Reitz who has just embarked on another Outreach Road Trip to BC's rural, remote, and First Nations communities.  The report this week covers Lytton, Spences Bridge and Cache Creek. The report is very detailed and we have included a slide show. Rural/Remote/Indigenous Hepatitis C Outreach 2017 – Part 1 Other News: Will they ever learn? Many years ago several senior...

The Week in Review: March 3, 2017 – March 10, 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017 News Recap Seven Big Events in Six Days! A whirlwind of activity in three far-flung cities for HepCBC: 2 events in Vancouver, 3 in Banff, and 2 in Prince George!! March 1st – We had a busy info booth at Langara College's Nursing Dept. Health Fair, one in which challenges of the current opioid epidemic were featured. March 2nd – Our Vice President and Action Hepatitis Canada Steering Committee Representative, Delvin Gri...

Weekly Bull February 2017

The Week in Review: Feb 24, 2017 – March 3, 2017 Friday, March-3-17 News Recap Top of the news is an upcoming conference/webinar to be held in Prince George that will examine the question: “Does care for hepatitis C in rural/remote areas differ from that in urban parts of our province, and if so, how?” On March 6th (11 am – noon), researchers from the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) will try to answer these questions. More news about treatment a...

The Week in Review: Feb 24, 2017 – March 3, 2017

Friday, March 3, 2017 News Recap Top of the news is an upcoming conference/webinar to be held in Prince George that will examine the question:  “Does care for hepatitis C in rural/remote areas differ from that in urban parts of our province, and if so, how?”  On March 6th (11 am – noon), researchers from the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) will try to answer these questions. Núria Chapinal, PhD, an epidemiologist in BCCDC’s Clinical Prevention ...

The Week in Review: Feb 17, 2017 – Feb 24, 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017 News Recap Better Public Access to New HepC Meds Announced in Canada This week the pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance (pCPA), on behalf of participating federal, provincial and territorial public drug plans, concluded successful negotiations with three drug manufacturers to help jurisdictions expand access to publicly funded medications for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C. What this Means: Immediately following th...

The Week in Review: Feb 10, 2017 – Feb 17, 2017

Friday, February 17, 2017 News Recap HCV & Heart Disease More and more I am hearing that people who have just finished treatment for HCV have had a stroke!  Our community really needs to know that hepatitis C is an independent risk factor for various kinds of heart disease: cerebrovascular events (strokes), and ischemic heart disease caused by atherosclerosis (plaque build-up in the arteries – particularly the coronary and carotid arteries, whic...

The Week in Review: Feb 3, 2017 – Feb 10, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017 News Recap Liver Cancer In the news this week was a story about why Toronto, Canada, is a liver cancer hotspot. More than a thousand deaths from liver cancer every year in Ontario — and most of these occur in the Greater Toronto Area. The reasons: Hepatitis B & C in the immigrant populations, and the lack of screening of Baby Boomers in Canada.  This is terrible, especially considering that the survival rate from liver ...

Weekly Bull January 2017

The Week in Review: Jan 27, 2017 – Feb 3, 2017 Friday, February-3-17 News Recap As you may remember there have been quite a few news items over the past few months about the extrahepatic effects of hepatitis C, which is more and coming to be recognized as a multi-organ disease.  Not only is the hepatitis C virus (HCV) the cause of liver diseases in up to 170 million people worldwide, it also has many extrahepatic disease manifestations. These include ...

The Week in Review: Jan 27, 2017 – Feb 3, 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017 News Recap Hepatitis C and Rheumatic, Kidney & Heart Disease As you may remember there have been quite a few news items over the past few months about the extrahepatic effects of hepatitis C, which is more and more coming to be recognized as a multi-organ disease.  Not only is the hepatitis C virus (HCV) the cause of liver diseases in up to 170 million people worldwide, it also has many extrahepatic disease manifestation...