Patients with chronic HBV die at younger age

Patients with chronic hepatitis B virus infection died an average of 14 years younger and had higher incidences of death from all causes compared with the general U.S. population, according to study results recently published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. “In the United States, about 1,800 death certificates annually list hepatitis B virus (HBV) as an underlying or contributing cause of death,” researchers wrote. “However, accurately quantifying mortal

Serum M2BPGi Reliably Assesses Liver Fibrosis in Chronic Hepatitis B

For patients with chronic hepatitis B virus infection (CHB), serum mac-2-binding protein glycosylation isomer (M2BPGi) is a reliable marker for assessing liver fibrosis, according to results published in Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology. M2BPGi presents a noninvasive alternative to the standard invasive liver biopsy for assessing liver fibrosis in CHB. Furthermore, M2BPGi appears to correlate well with histologic stages of liver fibrosis. Af

HBV Basics

This section is under development In the meantime, here are some resources that you can consult. HBV Pamphlet     http://hcvadvocate.org/hepatitis/factsheetsB_pdf/ A_Basic_Guide_to_Hepatitis_B.pdf  

The Week in Review: June 1 – June 8, 2018

Friday, June 8, 2018 News Recap: Canada: New guidelines recommend hepatitis C screening be done for those born between 1945 and 1975. The Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver (CASL), a national group of health-care providers and researchers, published its guidelines on testing and treating hepatitis C in Monday's edition of the CMAJ. Canadians born between 1945 and 1975 – essentially the baby-boom generation – should be tested for the pot...

Findings could lead to treatment of hepatitis B

Researchers at the University of Delaware, working with colleagues at Indiana University, have gained new insights into the virus that causes hepatitis B -- a life-threatening and incurable infection that afflicts more than 250 million people worldwide. The discovery, which was published April 27 in the journal eLife, reveals previously unknown details about the capsid, or protein shell, that encloses the virus' genetic blueprint. Scientists believe th

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-...

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: 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...

Study reveals the liver’s ‘weak spot’ for hepatitis B virus replication

In a surprising discovery, researchers from the Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN), A*STAR, have found that the liver is the main site of hepatitis B (HBV) replication—not only because it contains material that helps the virus proliferate, but also because most other tissues of the body contain proteins that actively repress HBV replication. "We've been working on this project for a number of years because HBV is very prevalent in Asia," says Ee Chee Ren

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

Friday, February 9, 2018 News Recap: Epidemiology: CTAC Launches Campaign to End Hepatitis C in Canada. The Canadian Treatment Action Council (CTAC) has published a white paper entitled, "The time has come to eliminate hepatitis C in Canada," which summarizes the increasing gaps in Canada's response to the hepatitis C epidemic and identifies seven calls-to-action. #EASLmono: Expanding the conversation on hepatitis elimination. The recent European...