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

Needle exchanges coming to 2 Canadian prisons

Corrections Canada will begin 1st phase of its needle exchange program in June. Harm-reduction advocates say the needle exchange program is long overdue, but prison guards say they are wondering what happened to the correctional service's zero-tolerance policy on drugs. (CBC) Inmates at two federal prisons who use injection drugs will have access to clean syringes beginning in June, with the Correctional Service of Canada planning to roll out the service

The Week in Review: March 9 – March 16, 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018 News Recap: Canada: Treatment: Fantastic news from both BC and Quebec this last week:  All restrictions to treatment under the respective provincial PharmaCare plans have been removed!! See Chronic hepatitis C medication now available for all British Columbians, and Quebec Expands Patient Access to Chronic Hepatitis C Therapies. Grants Awarded to 13 Canadian Initiatives to Help Advance the Goal of Eliminating Chronic Hep...

Tattoo and needle programs in prisons would help curb hepatitis: internal memo

OTTAWA -- Setting up tattoo parlours and needle-exchange programs in penitentiaries would help reduce the spread of hepatitis C, the federal prison service has told the Trudeau government. A Correctional Service memo obtained under the Access to Information Act advises Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale the proposals "warrant consideration" to round out existing and planned measures to fight hepatitis and HIV in prison. Prison tattooing and needle-ex