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...

In worldwide first, Hong Kong hospital probe finds common blood tool infected liver patient with hepatitis C virus

Queen Mary Hospital will screen 58 patients for hepatitis C to rule out an outbreak of the infectious disease, after an investigation found – in a worldwide first – that a common reusable blood collection tool could have led to the virus being spread from its source, a drug addict who later died. They identified the source of the primarily blood-borne virus as a deceased male drug addict who was at the public hospital at the same time and had been diagnos

Risk Factors and Prevention

Risk Factors & Prevention Hepatitis C is a Blood-Borne Infection, spread only when the blood of an HCV+ person enters into the body of another person through a break in the skin or mucous membrane. Unfortunately, there are many ways in which this can happen. HCV can be prevented by avoiding risk factors. And those who have any risk factors should be tested, regardless of symptoms. Remember, HCV can silently do its deadly damage for many...

Vietnam vets blame ‘jet guns’ for their hepatitis C

Near the end of the Vietnam War, Lynn Seiser lined up with other fresh-faced Army recruits to await a dreaded, often bloody ritual.Along with millions of other members of the military, Seiser, then 21, received his service vaccines not by way of disposable syringes but with needleless “jet guns” that blasted drugs into each arm using puffs of high pressure. The U.S. military at the time touted the medical device for its ability to immunize veterans en mass

India: Hepatitis-C cases up, Rohtak docs blame barbers, quacks

The carelessness on part of the non-registered medical practitioners and barbers is the big reason behind spread of deadly Hepatitis-C.The matter came to light in a recent research conducted by the gastroenterology department of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Science (PGIMS) here, in which it was found that barbers and non-registered medical practitioners were helping spread of Hepatitis-C by not changing towels, shavers (ustras), blades and needle