The Week in Review: Aug 31 – Sep 7, 2018

Friday, Sep 7, 2018 News Recap: London Drugs Launches Potentially Life-Saving Hepatitis C Screening at Pharmacies in BC Lower Mainland. An innovative and potentially life-saving hepatitis C screening program has launched at five London Drugs locations in the Lower Mainland. Patients can now undertake a simple finger prick test at the pharmacy to check if they have been exposed to hepatitis C virus (HCV) at some point in the past. Hundreds of pati...

Coffee, Pot Linked to Lower Mortality From Hepatitis C

Increased consumption of coffee and marijuana may sharply reduce the risk for early death from hepatitis C infection, researchers have found. The study of more than 1,200 patients with HCV and HIV found that those who drank the most coffee and used marijuana regularly or daily had more than a 60% lower risk for death from the infection over a five-year period. How cannabis in particular might reduce mortality is unclear, but the researchers, led by Mar

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

Friday, November 24, 2017 News Recap: HAV Top of the hepatitis news is the growing HAV epidemic in the US.  Apparently the current supply of the HAV vaccine is "not sufficient to support demand," the CDC told CNN in a written statement.  You can read more about the vaccine shortage here. Coffee Also in the news is yet another study on the benefits of coffee, this one sponsored by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee. Excuse me whil...

The Week in Review: September 22 – September 29, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017 News Recap: Merck discontinues HCV programs. There were rumours, but now it’s official: Merck has announced that it will discontinue the development of the investigational combination regimens MK-3682B (grazoprevir/ruzasvir/uprifosbuvir) and MK-3682C (ruzasvir/uprifosbuvir) for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. In a statement the company said the decision was made based on a review of available Pha...

Three or more cups of coffee daily halves mortality risk in patients with both HIV and HCV

Patients infected by both human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) are at specific risk of end-stage liver disease and greater risk of cardiovascular diseases and cancer. In addition, HIV infection accelerates the progression of chronic hepatitis C to fibrosis and development of cirrhosis and end-stage liver disease. In these HIV-HCV co-infected patients, drinking at least three cups of coffee each day halved the risk of all-cause mor

At Least 2 Cups Of Coffee A Day May Reduce Impact Of Liver Disease: Australian Researchers

"The most striking results were found in patients with hepatitis C," Hodge said. "Two or more cups of coffee led to an improvement in their liver disease."Good news for coffee lovers! A new research just found that coffee can actually help keep the liver in good health.Findings by a team from the Monash University found that drinking 2 or more cups of coffee a day can help prevent liver diseases and even reduce damage caused by some of these conditions."Ce...