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

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