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

Friday, April 27, 2018 News Recap: Warnings: Synthetic cannabinoids and Hepatitis A could be a fatal combination. On April 9, 2018, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) issued a news release – “Use of Synthetic Cannabinoids Linked to Severe Bleeding in the US,” informing the public about the national outbreak of bleeding illnesses among those consuming synthetic cannabinoids which appear to have been contaminated with a long-...

Alcoholic liver disease replaces hepatitis C infection as the leading cause of liver transplantation in patients without hepatocellular carcinoma in the USA

11 April 2018, Paris, France: Two independent studies have today reported that alcoholic liver disease has now replaced hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection as the leading cause of liver transplantation in the USA in patients without HCC. Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is also on the increase, now ranking second as a cause of liver transplantation due to chronic liver disease. Chronic HCV infection has remained the leading indication for liver transpla...

The Week in Review: March 23 – April 6, 2018

Friday, April 6, 2018 News Recap: HCV – Liver Cancer (HCC): Liver Cancer on the Rise in Backdrop of Undiagnosed Hep C. Liver cancer, one of the greatest challenges to hepatologists today, will be in the spotlight at the upcoming International Liver Congress (ILC) 2018. It will become an even greater challenge in the near future, said Morris Sherman, PhD, from the University of Toronto, who is chair of the Canadian Liver Foundation. Testing for he...

Hepatitis B: Four in five infected Britons don’t know they have the virus

It is estimated 0.7 per cent of the UK population or around 441,000, have the virus which can cause deadly hepatitis-B-related liver disease. It is highly contagious and mainly transmitted from infected mothers to their babies, through unprotected sex or contaminated needles. Yet despite a test being available since the 1970s just a fifth of infected Britons have been diagnosed. It is less common in the UK than other parts of the world, but people o

Shifting from concern to crisis: 1 in 4 Canadians may be affected by liver disease

TORONTO, March 1, 2018 /CNW/ - An estimated eight million Canadians may be affected by liver disease, an illness that exhibits little to no symptoms, involves everyone from newborns to seniors, and is rarely tested by doctors during annual checkups. Recent indicators gathered by the Canadian Liver Foundation (CLF) show that an increased prevalence of liver diseases including non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), chronic hepatitis B & C, and liver

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

Friday, February 16, 2018 News Recap: HCV & Heart Disease: Evolving Recognition of Chronic Hepatitis C Infection as a Modifiable Risk Factor for CVD. This article examines the evidence for clinical and subclinical cardiovascular diseases in chronic hepatitis c infection, as well as the effect of treatment on cardiovascular outcomes. News from Around the World: NZ: Thousands of Hepatitis C sufferers unaware a cure is within reach. A Hepatitis...

NZ: Thousands of Hepatitis C sufferers unaware a cure is within reach

A Hepatitis C survivor says she has been forced to do the government's work to ensure others with the potentially life-threatening virus get access to "miracle" drugs. Dunedin's Hazel Heal credits the drugs with saving her life and completely restoring her liver, but is angry the government is not informing people about the virus and treatment options. At least 50,000 Kiwis are estimated to have chronic Hepatitis C, but only half of them realise they h

The Week in Review: January 19 – January 26, 2018

Friday, January 26, 2018 News Recap: Research and Discoveries: Growing Evidence Shows Hepatitis C Intersects With Other Diseases. As many as three-quarters of individuals with hepatitis C virus (HCV) experience disorders related to the virus beyond the impact on their livers, the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable estimates. HCV-related kidney disease, depression, skin disorders, lymphoma and other conditions can seriously impact a patient, even wi...

Hepatitis C: ‘6,000 in Wales have virus without knowing’

About 12,000 people in Wales are living with hepatitis C, half of whom have it unknowingly, a charity has said. The Hepatitis C Trust said many people did not know sharing razors increased their risk of contracting it. Wales aims to eliminate the virus as a major public health threat by 2030. Dr Christopher Williams from Public Health Wales said: "Those at risk should consider seeking advice and testing, so they can benefit from treatment if needed.

The Hidden Disease of the Middle-Aged

Liver disease is on the rise among middle-aged Americans, but many don’t know they have it—or that they could develop it. The liver performs critical jobs, including cleaning toxins from the blood, storing energy and nutrients, digesting fats and processing medications, alcohol and food. But a host of ills and abuses can wreak havoc on the liver, from heavy drinking and infection with hepatitis B or C to a scourge known as fatty-liver disease linked to di