The Week in Review: July 20 – July 27, 2018

Friday, July 27, 2018 News Recap: HEPCBC Expands Mandate to Cover Hepatitis B and other types of Viral Hepatitis. (July 27, 2018, Victoria, BC) The timing was auspicious. Tomorrow is World Hepatitis Day and today HepCBC is delighted to announce a new mandate which more broadly supports the World Hepatitis Alliance’s target of eliminating all forms of viral hepatitis from the world by 2030. NEW PURPOSES: HepCBC Hepatitis C Education and Prevention Soc...

Hepatitis C – The disease with no warning

Greg Powell is among many Canadians born between 1945 and 1975, a group with the highest rate of chronic hepatitis C in Canada. In the 1980s Greg contracted hepatitis C, but was diagnosed over a decade later. Prior to the news, Greg suffered from hemophilia B, a hereditary bleeding disorder, which required him to undergo a series of blood transfusions. He later learned it was through one of these transfusions that he contracted hepatitis C. Despite being

The Week in Review: June 22 – June 29, 2018

Friday, June 29, 2018 News Recap: Canada: Boomer Moms At High Risk For Hep C, Says Doctor. A quarter million Canadians are believed to have the hepatitis C virus at this moment, and many have no idea. Dr. Rod Russell says it’s really baby boomers at the highest risk, and to be specific, it’s our mothers, the women who gave birth before 1992, especially if they had blood transfusions during pregnancy. Their children are also at risk because if the mo...

Boomer Moms At High Risk For Hep C, Says Doctor

A quarter million Canadians are believed to have the hepatitis C virus at this moment, and many have no idea. Dr. Rod Russell says HCV is a long progression, and you don’t normally see liver disease or cirrhosis until years 15 or 20 into the infection. He says treating the infection early can prevent damage to the liver earlier but there is still a problem. Russel says it’s really baby boomers at the highest risk, and to be specific, it’s our mothers,

The Week in Review: June 8 – June 15, 2018

Friday, June 15, 2018 News Recap: Canada: Canada is facing a tsunami of liver disease and cancer: U of T expert – The Conversation with U of T's Dr. Morris Sherman. Deaths from liver cancer in Canada have doubled over the past 25 years. And to make matters worse, there’s an epidemic of liver cancer on the horizon if action isn’t taken soon. While less people are dying from most major cancers – such as breast cancer and lung cancer – liver cancer (...

BC Centre for Disease Control Responds to Recent Findings on Hep C

A report from the Canadian Association for the Study of Liver says 250,000 Canadians within a certain age group are likely to have Hepatitis C. Dr. Mel Krajden is the Medical Head of Hepatitis C for the BC Centre for Disease Control. “People born after 1945 to 1975, most of the people who are infected with Hepatitis C between two thirds to three-quarters of the people who are infected are within that age group.” The question on everybody’s minds is

The Week in Review: May 11 – May 18, 2018

Friday, May 18, 2018 News Recap: Canada: Promoting Drug Pricing Policy Resources for Patient Groups. Patient groups in Canada shared in a recent survey that they struggle to understand the complexities of drug pricing policy in Canada and that they would like more information. In response, the Drug Pricing Policy Summit Working Groups have put together two web pages that outline various resources and learning opportunities to help patient groups lea...

Liver disease a growing problem as boomers age

Robert Morin remembers the day, 30 years ago, when it hit him: It started with a feeling of pins and needles all over his body and by the end of the day he could barely walk. Now 52, Morin was a college student at the time. He soon learned he was suffering from a serious liver disease — autoimmune hepatitis — in which his own body was attacking his liver. The diagnosis was a shock, but the good news was that, with treatment to suppress his immune syste

Testing for hepatitis C lags with baby boomers despite high infection rate

Testing for hepatitis C, a major cause of liver cancer, is lagging behind among the group of Americans with the highest rate of infection: baby boomers. A study published Tuesday showed that only about 13 percent of baby boomers were tested in 2015, up just slightly from 12 percent in 2013. U.S. public health authorities recommend all people in that demographic — those born between 1945 and 1965 — be screened for hepatitis C. “If we want to make a dent i

The Week in Review: February 2 – February 9, 2018

Friday, February 9, 2018 News Recap: Epidemiology: CTAC Launches Campaign to End Hepatitis C in Canada. The Canadian Treatment Action Council (CTAC) has published a white paper entitled, "The time has come to eliminate hepatitis C in Canada," which summarizes the increasing gaps in Canada's response to the hepatitis C epidemic and identifies seven calls-to-action. #EASLmono: Expanding the conversation on hepatitis elimination. The recent European...