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...

HCV hospitalizations increasing among baby boomers, men, drug users

“As the baby boomers are aging, hepatitis C is truly affecting them,” Ngo-Metzger said. “They had hepatitis C before, but now they're in this middle age group where you're seeing them hospitalized.” By demographic, other significant increases in hospitalization for HCV compared with hospitalization for other indications included men (61.5% vs. 47.9%), African-American patients (26.1% vs. 14%), Hispanic patients (10.1% vs. 7.9%), patients on Medicaid (38.1

Study Finds Patients with Hepatitis C Have Higher Hospitalization Rate

A study that explored the healthcare burden of chronic infection of the hepatitis C virus found that patients with the disease were more than 3 times likely to be hospitalized than patients in a comparison group. Researchers analyzed data collected over seven years from the Chronic Hepatitis Cohort Study, an observational cohort of hepatitis C patients, and compared hospitalization rates with two groups of health system patients. Results of the study,