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...

Treating Insulin Resistance in Hepatitis C-Infected Patients With Diabetes

Both insulin resistance (IR) and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) are more prevalent in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection compared with the general population. In addition, patients with HCV and IR or T2DM often develop complications of HCV and tend to suffer adverse outcomes. “Recent studies show that patients having both HCV and IR can develop fibrosis, steatosis, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and resistance to antiviral treatment,

The Week in Review: January 12 – January 19, 2018

Friday, January 19, 2018 News Recap: Research & Discoveries: Blood test for early detection of 8 cancers looks promising. Scientists have developed a blood test that can detect eight common cancer types through assessment of the levels of circulating proteins and mutations in cell-free DNA. The test, called CancerSEEK, clinically detected cancers of the ovary, liver, stomach, pancreas, esophagus, colorectum, lung, or breast. CancerSEEK tests wer...

Insulin Resistance in HCV May Be Reversed With DAAs

Hepatitis C (HCV) is associated with insulin resistance, and elimination of the virus may help re-establish glycemic control in affected patients, according to a prospective case-control study published in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Approximately 76.5% of patients who achieved a sustained virologic response experienced improvements in insulin resistance. There was a significant 2.42±1.85 point reduction in insulin resistance as assess

Curing hepatitis C improves diabetes control

Curing hepatitis C infection with direct-acting antiviral treatment improves diabetes control in people with more severe type 2 diabetes, a review of patients treated in the US Veterans Affairs health care system has found. The study is published in the journal Diabetes Care. Hepatitis C infection greatly increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in people who are already at higher risk. One study found that in older people and those with higher bo

Hepatitis C patients with certain gene type more prone to diabetes: Study

Patients with Hepatitis C who also carry a particular type of gene may be more prone to developing diabetes, a two-year study by Sir Ganga Ram Hospital has found.The study on more than 100 Hepatitis C patients has found that in those carrying “non-CC genotype” of interleukin-28b gene, the possibility of developing diabetes is 31 per cent, compared to 13 per cent in those carrying “CC genotype” of the same gene.The study has been accepted for publication in