The Week in Review: June 22 – June 29, 2018

Friday, June 29, 2018 News Recap: Canada: Boomer Moms At High Risk For Hep C, Says Doctor. A quarter million Canadians are believed to have the hepatitis C virus at this moment, and many have no idea. Dr. Rod Russell says it’s really baby boomers at the highest risk, and to be specific, it’s our mothers, the women who gave birth before 1992, especially if they had blood transfusions during pregnancy. Their children are also at risk because if the mo...

Boomer Moms At High Risk For Hep C, Says Doctor

A quarter million Canadians are believed to have the hepatitis C virus at this moment, and many have no idea. Dr. Rod Russell says HCV is a long progression, and you don’t normally see liver disease or cirrhosis until years 15 or 20 into the infection. He says treating the infection early can prevent damage to the liver earlier but there is still a problem. Russel says it’s really baby boomers at the highest risk, and to be specific, it’s our mothers,

The Week in Review: May 11 – May 18, 2018

Friday, May 18, 2018 News Recap: Canada: Promoting Drug Pricing Policy Resources for Patient Groups. Patient groups in Canada shared in a recent survey that they struggle to understand the complexities of drug pricing policy in Canada and that they would like more information. In response, the Drug Pricing Policy Summit Working Groups have put together two web pages that outline various resources and learning opportunities to help patient groups lea...

What it’s like to grow up with a disease that’s kept secret: ‘I felt unclean’

Every family has secrets. For Lindsay Ventura, her mother, and her sister, the secret was a disease. At first it was something they didn’t even know they had, but when they were eventually diagnosed, they decided to keep it to themselves for years out of fear they would be stigmatized for it. The disease was hepatitis C. In 1990, when Ventura was 3 and her older brother was 5, their father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He was given six months t

The Week in Review: March 2 – March 9, 2018

Friday, March 9, 2018 News Recap: Canada: Northern Vancouver Island VIRAL HEPATITIS Outreach Roadshow Trip 2018 – March 12 – 21, 2018. We are happy to announce that a 10-day roadtrip to northern Vancouver Island is just around the corner! We will be bringing hot-off-the-press posters, pamphlets, and audio-visual resources to community organizations and Friendship Centres, band health centres, and health clinics. See links to some of the resources we...

Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) not beneficial for reducing mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B when added to existing preventatives

Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF), an antiviral drug commonly prescribed to treat hepatitis B infection, does not significantly reduce mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B virus when taken during pregnancy and after delivery, according to a phase III clinical trial in Thailand funded by the National Institutes of Health. The study tested TDF therapy in addition to the standard preventative regimen — administration of hepatitis B vaccine and prote

Women & HCV – Screen & Treat Early / Screen Pregnant Women to Prevent Transmission to Children

Women are more likely to share needles or start using intravenous drugs with a sexual partner than men are. Its cultural among IDUs. Women may more often have unprotected sex with an HCV-infected man for various reasons. So getting women into care & treatment & providing education to protect future infection is crucial. CDC Reports 213% Increase in Women of Child-Bearing Age....as a result of Heroin Epidemic....But in this Philadelphia study publi

U.S.: Vertical HCV Transmission on the Rise

Number of infected women and offspring increasing nationally Mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is increasing nationally, though the problem is particularly prevalent in Kentucky, CDC researchers reported. Nationally, the number of infants born to women testing positive for HCV rose 68% -- from 0.19% (one in 536) to 0.32% (one in 308). But Kentucky experienced a 124% increase in that same time period, reported Alaya Koner

Babies among hep C victims of heroin epidemic

Children's Hospital Medical Center docs see rise in hep C in babies and kids; it's another symptom of the heroin epidemic, they say. HAMILTON, OHIO - Whether she's climbing into her toy box, scribbling with markers in her "Frozen" coloring book or reciting alphabet letters in a sing-song voice, Kadileyah is the picture of a happy toddler. She is also a silent victim of the heroin epidemic. She is 2, and although she appears as healthy (even with the

Most Children Born to Hepatitis C-Positive Mothers Don’t Get Tested

Vertical transmission, or the spread of infection from mother to baby during childbirth, is the most common way that children get hepatitis C. However, it turns out that these children are rarely tested for the disease. About 5% of children born to mothers with hepatitis C end up developing the chronic condition themselves. Researchers from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health investigated the testing rate of children born to infected mothers and