The Week in Review: July 7 – July 14, 2017

Friday, July 14, 2017 News Recap Local New measures boost addiction treatment access in Victoria New efforts to expand treatment for opioid users in Victoria are putting addiction specialists in hospital emergency departments and supporting family doctors who provide opioid substitution therapy for patients. The initiatives by Island Health and the Victoria Divisions of Family Practice are intended to dovetail with the work of the South Island Ra...

Weekly Bull June 2017

The Week in Review: June 30, 2017 – July 7, 2017 Friday, June-30-17 News Recap If there is anything you can take away with you from this week’s newsletter it is the fact that We Really Need New Testing Recommendations in Canada – Similar to Those Issued by the CDC in the USA!  Why?  Here’s why: Read more…http://hepcbc.ca/2017/07/07/week-review-june-30-july-7-2017/ The Week in Review: June 16, 2017 – June 30, 2017 Friday, June-30-17 News Reca...

The Week in Review: June 30 – July 7, 2017

Friday, July 7, 2017 News Recap If there is anything you can take away with you from this week’s newsletter it is the fact that We Really Need New Testing Recommendations in Canada – Similar to Those Issued by the CDC in the USA!  Why?  Here’s why: Heart Disease: Researchers have made significant strides into determining the specific CV (cardiovascular) conditions that are common in patients with HIV and HCV. Those with HCV are more likely to deve...

The Week in Review: June 16 – June 30, 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017 News Recap Well if you blinked you didn’t miss it because there was no Weekly Bull last week.  Just felt that it was best not to bother you all for not much. But now we have quite a few items to share. Important Warning: Please please be aware of computer safety.  There are all kinds of viruses out there that will destroy your computer and trash your files and work.  If it happened to banks and even Merck it can happen to you...

The Week in Review: June 9 – June 16, 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017 News Recap Brenda’s Story Brenda and her husband were forced onto a journey they never wanted to take. Hepatitis C complications put her into a long coma and almost took her life. With luck, love, a generous stranger's liver, and a new hep C cure, she is not only alive but has returned to life with incredible strength and energy. She hopes her story will convince all baby boomers to get tested for hep C, for everyone who has he...

The Week in Review: June 2 – June 9, 2017

Friday, June 9, 2017 News Recap Somebody Pinch Me This week saw the release of a report from the Cochrane Collaboration which concluded not only that DAAs were ineffective but that they might also be bad for you and not even cure HCV.  The news item was picked up by various media outlets and was hard to miss (No valid evidence $40,000 miracle drug cures hepatitis C – study).  Thankfully other researchers from around the world jumped in on this poor ...

The Week in Review: May 19 – June 2, 2017

Friday, June 2, 2017 News Recap Boomers Should Be Tested Most of the HepC-related news last week from various agencies in the USA stressed the fact that Baby Boomers should be tested and that hepatitis C is a hidden and growing danger (GET TESTED: 1 in 30 baby boomers have Hepatitis C, 70 percent are unaware). In Canada voices of dissent can be heard regarding the federal government’s asinine decision NOT to test Boomers.  The decision was based ...

The Week in Review: May 12, 2017 – May 19, 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017 News Recap Canada Help4Hep – BC Helpline Now Online: Did you know that there is now a British Columbia toll-free hepatitis C peer-to-peer helpline where you can get accurate information and meaningful help that is free of charge and confidential?  Check it out now! Help4Hep – BC Helpline Now Online URGENT! Patient and Caregiver Input Request: We Need to Hear your Voice! Patient and Caregiver input is requested by CADTH on Abb...

The Week in Review: May 5, 2017 – May 12, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017 News Recap HCV on the Rise in Boomers, Women and Children A new report from the CDC in the USA has found that HCV is concentrated among baby boomers and is increasing rapidly among new generations of Americans.  In over just five years, the number of new hepatitis C virus infections reported to the CDC has nearly tripled, reaching a 15-year high. New hepatitis C virus infections are increasing most rapidly among young people, wi...

Weekly Bull April 2017

The Week in Review: April 28, 2017 – May 5, 2017 Friday, May-5-17 News Recap Way to go Nova Scotia. Expanded access to and coverage for treatment of chronic hepatitis C is now available under the provincial Pharmacare plan, similar to the new arrangements in BC, Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Quebec; more responses to the New Canadian Testing Guidelines; an important letter from Dr. Jason Grebely on DAAs and HCC, an update on I-MAK and China and g...