Cirrhosis of the liver a ‘silent epidemic’ among young adults, women

Who gets cirrhosis of the liver? You might be surprised. A new Ontario study has found cirrhosis rates are increasing the fastest among young adults. An epidemic of fatty liver disease is being pointed to as one possible cause for the spike. Once considered a disease of older men, the face of cirrhosis of the liver is changing, say the authors of the study published in the journal The Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology on Thursday. New cases of

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...

OPINION: Nine countries will eliminate hepatitis C by 2030. Why not Canada?

Guest opinion by Laurie Edmiston It’s rare that we have good news to share on a day dedicated to raising awareness about a disease. Particularly for a viral infection like hepatitis C, a silent killer that causes serious liver damage and affects more than 220,000 Canadians. But on World Hepatitis Day (July 28), we have reason to be optimistic. New treatments cure most people of hepatitis C with few side effects. For a virus that was discovered only 30

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,

All Kids Should Have a Hepatitis B Shot

TORONTO — Clinicians and researchers attending an international conference say all Canadian children should be vaccinated against hepatitis B starting at birth to prevent the development of potentially deadly liver disease later in life, a policy recommended by the World Health Organization. Currently, most provinces and territories immunize children against the liver−destroying virus when they are much older, including Ontario and Nova Scotia, which sugg

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 (...

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 (hepatocellular carcinoma or HCC) is bucking the trend and heading in the wrong direction. In 1993, liver cancer rates

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