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-...

NCCN: Screen for Liver Cancer in Patients at Risk

In the last 20 years in the United States, the incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has tripled from about 2 to 7 per 100,000 adults. In addition to the rising incidence, the cancer is also one of the most deadly, with a 5-year survival rate of only 18%. These comments were made here by Anne Covey, MD, a radiologist from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City, at the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) 23rd Annual Confer

Metabolic Syndrome Associated With Higher ALT Levels in Chronic Hepatitis B

About 1 in 4 people with chronic hepatitis B (HBV) infection who reside in North America have metabolic syndrome, which was also independently associated with higher alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels over time, according to a new study published in Diabetes Care. Metabolic syndrome is a risk factor for chronic liver disease progression, and aside from being directly associated with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, metabolic syndrome could influence o

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...

Obesity Linked to Increased Risk of Liver Cancer in Hepatitis B Patients

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Sang Min Park MD, MPH, PhD:  Chief, Department of Family Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine; Director, Health Promotion Center, Seoul National University Hospital; Professor, Department of Biomedical Science & Family Medicine Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Response: Chronic hepatitis B patients hav

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

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

Friday, March 9, 2018 News Recap: Canada: Northern Vancouver Island VIRAL HEPATITIS Outreach Roadshow Trip 2018 – March 12 – 21, 2018. We are happy to announce that a 10-day roadtrip to northern Vancouver Island is just around the corner! We will be bringing hot-off-the-press posters, pamphlets, and audio-visual resources to community organizations and Friendship Centres, band health centres, and health clinics. See links to some of the resources we...

Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) not beneficial for reducing mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B when added to existing preventatives

Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF), an antiviral drug commonly prescribed to treat hepatitis B infection, does not significantly reduce mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B virus when taken during pregnancy and after delivery, according to a phase III clinical trial in Thailand funded by the National Institutes of Health. The study tested TDF therapy in addition to the standard preventative regimen — administration of hepatitis B vaccine and prote

Managing HBV Infection Following Liver Transplant: Expert Q&A

Prior to the introduction of effective prophylactic therapy, liver transplantation in patients infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV) resulted in high rates of viral recurrence, allograft loss, and mortality.  One retrospective study found the risk of HBV recurrence to be as high as 75% in liver transplant patients who were not given immunoprophylaxis.  Therapeutic advances in the past 2 decades have drastically changed the outlook for patients infected wi

The Week in Review: February 23 – March 2, 2018

Friday, March 2, 2018 News Recap: Canada: Shifting from concern to crisis: 1 in 4 Canadians may be affected by liver disease. 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 cancer are why in just ten years, the statistic that was once 1 in 10, is now 1 in 4. Ontario Expands Patient Acce...