The Week in Review: April 6 – April 13, 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018 News Recap: Canada: Initiative aims to treat Hepatitis C in Alberta patients who also have HIV. A long-term effort to eliminate Hepatitis C as a public health threat is underway in Alberta, where a new program aims to provide medications to one particularly vulnerable group of patients. NOTE: In Alberta, coverage has been expanded as of April 1 to include all patients with hepatitis C. Previously, coverage was provided only to...

The Week in Review: March 23 – April 6, 2018

Friday, April 6, 2018 News Recap: HCV – Liver Cancer (HCC): Liver Cancer on the Rise in Backdrop of Undiagnosed Hep C. Liver cancer, one of the greatest challenges to hepatologists today, will be in the spotlight at the upcoming International Liver Congress (ILC) 2018. It will become an even greater challenge in the near future, said Morris Sherman, PhD, from the University of Toronto, who is chair of the Canadian Liver Foundation. Testing for he...

Liver Cancer on the Rise in Backdrop of Undiagnosed Hep C

PARIS — Liver cancer, one of the greatest challenges to hepatologists today, will be in the spotlight at the upcoming International Liver Congress (ILC) 2018. It will become an even greater challenge in the near future, said Morris Sherman, PhD, from the University of Toronto, who is chair of the Canadian Liver Foundation. "Liver cancer is increasing in most Western countries, partly because of the hepatitis C epidemic that occurred in the 1950s and 19

Obesity Linked to Increased Risk of Liver Cancer in Hepatitis B Patients

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Sang Min Park MD, MPH, PhD:  Chief, Department of Family Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine; Director, Health Promotion Center, Seoul National University Hospital; Professor, Department of Biomedical Science & Family Medicine Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Response: Chronic hepatitis B patients hav

Testing for hepatitis C lags with baby boomers despite high infection rate

Testing for hepatitis C, a major cause of liver cancer, is lagging behind among the group of Americans with the highest rate of infection: baby boomers. A study published Tuesday showed that only about 13 percent of baby boomers were tested in 2015, up just slightly from 12 percent in 2013. U.S. public health authorities recommend all people in that demographic — those born between 1945 and 1965 — be screened for hepatitis C. “If we want to make a dent i

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...

Blood test for early detection of 8 cancers looks promising

Test includes some of the most deadly cancers currently lacking screening tools. Scientists are reporting progress on a blood test to detect many types of cancer at an early stage, including some of the most deadly ones that lack screening tools now. Many groups are working on liquid biopsy tests, which look for DNA and other things that tumours shed into blood, to try to find cancer before it spreads, when chances of a cure are best. In a study Thu

Smoking reduces survival after liver cancer diagnosis for people with viral hepatitis

People with viral hepatitis who smoked were three times more likely to die after being diagnosed with liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma, HCC), according to a study of Swiss patients published in Liver International. Whereas non-smokers lived for a median of 3.2 years after diagnosis, smokers died after a median of 18 months. Smoking had a similar impact on survival in those who did not receive curative treatment in the form of liver resection (surger

The Week in Review: November 4 – November 10, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017 News Recap: Canada: Updated List of Physicians in British Columbia Currently Treating Hepatitis B and/or Hepatitis C. HepCBC has updated its list of Doctors in BC who treat HCV and HBV. Direct-Acting Antiviral Therapy Outcomes in Canadian Chronic Hepatitis C Telemedicine Patients. Many of the 300,000 HCV-infected Canadians live in under-served and remote areas without access to HCV healthcare specialists. Telemedicine (T...

Singapore’s Restalyst develops new method to improve liver cancer diagnosis

SINGAPORE, Nov. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Singapore biomedical firm Restalyst has developed a new algorithm to detect liver cancer more accurately, improving the sensitivity to 90%. The new methodology looks at three factors: membrane bound protein ERBB3, AFP (alpha fetoprotein) and age of patient. It will detect and identify liver cancer more effectively, and better distinguish liver cancer from chronic hepatitis condition. An AFP test is commonly used