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

The Week in Review: September 1 – September 8, 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017 News Recap: She thought her mystery ailment was cancer, but bloodwork revealed a surprise This is an amazing story ...but it could happen to anyone, and we know this because we hear these kinds of stories often. This is why it is so important that Boomers be tested for hepatitis C. Gail Wells got really sick and nobody could figure out why. They looked for cancer, for multiple sclerosis, for vitamin deficiencies, and then s...

She thought her mystery ailment was cancer, but bloodwork revealed a surprise

This is an amazing story ...but it could happen to anyone, and we know this because we hear these kinds of stories often. This is why it is so important that Boomers be tested for hepatitis C. Gail Wells got really sick and nobody could figure out why.  They looked for cancer, for multiple sclerosis, for vitamin deficiencies, and then she was diagnosed with idiopathic degenerative neuropathy – nerve deterioration for no apparent reason, and told to keep a

US: Half of HCV patients with advanced liver disease receive treatment

Researchers estimated that more than 800,000 people in the United States with chronic hepatitis C virus infection may have advanced fibrosis or cirrhosis and need care. However, laboratory testing data indicated that only half of these patients were evaluated for antiviral treatment. “Persons with advanced fibrosis and cirrhosis are at highest risk of HCV-related complications and urgently require care,” R. Monina Klevens, DDS, MPH, of CDC’s Division of V

Hospitalizations in Immigrants and Nonimmigrants Diagnosed With Chronic Hepatitis C Infection in Québec

Rates of hospitalization due to chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) are increasing in Canada and the United States. A large proportion of immigrants originate from countries with intermediate to high HCV prevalence but are not screened for HCV post-arrival and may therefore have increased risks of liver-related complications and hospitalization. Higher burden of all-cause hospitalization in nonimmigrants likely reflects more prevalent behavioral comorbidit

Get tested for Hep C, Georgetown woman urges

An Acton woman is making good on a promise to spread the word after receiving treatment that cured her of hepatitis C two years ago. Sharon Rider got the disease from a tainted blood transfusion during spine surgery as a 16-year-old and had been carrying the virus, with no symptoms, for 23 years before it was diagnosed. Meanwhile, she’d gotten married and had two kids, never knowing she was putting her family at risk of getting the disease. It was routi

Lisle man unknowingly lived with Hepatitis C for 28 years

For 28 years, Lance Gibson was completely oblivious to the deadly disease lurking inside him, wreaking havoc on his body. The 52-year-old married father of two says the disease would have continued to go unchecked if he hadn’t decided to retire from the Canadian Forces in December 2008. After undergoing a medical test at CFB Borden – a routine exam all military members have before leaving service – doctors noticed something wasn't right. “When they got

The Prevalence of Cirrhosis in Patients with Hepatitis C Is Growing

Patients with chronic hepatitis C can develop cirrhosis, a serious condition characterized by scarring of the liver – but just how many patients actually reach this point? There’s been an increase in the number of Americans with hepatitis C who also have cirrhosis, according to a study published in the Journal of Hepatology. This prevalence was analyzed both in people who knew that they had the liver infection and those who were unaware. "Among HCV-infect