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...

Hepatitis B: Four in five infected Britons don’t know they have the virus

It is estimated 0.7 per cent of the UK population or around 441,000, have the virus which can cause deadly hepatitis-B-related liver disease. It is highly contagious and mainly transmitted from infected mothers to their babies, through unprotected sex or contaminated needles. Yet despite a test being available since the 1970s just a fifth of infected Britons have been diagnosed. It is less common in the UK than other parts of the world, but people o

The Week in Review: December 1 – December 8, 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017 News Recap: URGENT BC Patient and Caregiver Input Request: Vosevi. We need to hear your voice! Patient and Caregiver input is requested by BC PharmaCare on Gilead’s combo of sofosbuvir, velpatasvir, and voxilaprevir (SOF-VEL-VOX or Vosevi™) for Genotypes 1-6. Personal Stories This week we have two great stories of triumphing over HepC: Aidain’s ‘I will never forget the day I found out I had hepatitis c’, and Patric...

‘I will never forget the day I found out I had hepatitis c’

When Aidan Bungey was ­diagnosed with hepatitis C, she feared her dream of becoming a pilot was over. But a new treatment has her reaching for the skies again. Since childhood, Aidan Bungey has dreamed of becoming a pilot. Every Saturday, the Liverpool University student gets up at 5am to climb into a two-seater PA38 Tomahawk with her instructor and take to the skies as part of her flight training. A few years ago though, it seemed unlikely the 21-year-ol

The Week in Review: September 15 – September 22, 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017 News Recap: Access to Treatment: This was a good week in terms of treatment access (but not, unfortunately, in terms of weather or seismic activity: How very, very sad).  Imagine being sick or on treatment in one of these stricken areas! In Canada Epclusa was approved for use in persons co-infected with HIV. This is very good news. Gilead Receives Approval in Canada for Expanded Indication of EPCLUSA® (Sofosbuvir/Velpat...

The Financial Burden of Liver Disease

Liver disease is a common cause of premature death in the UK. Recently, The Lancet Commission on Liver Disease highlighted the financial impact liver disease places on the national healthcare system and businesses, and suggested strategies to reduce these burdens. The negative impacts of liver disease on citizens under the age of 65 in the UK are escalating, particularly in those from low socioeconomic backgrounds. This can be reversed by targeting the th

The Week in Review: August 18 – August 25, 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017 News Recap: Public health issues Hep B risk warning: Tools used in procedures such as callus scraping and cutting toenails could become contaminated with the virus and remain contaminated because of the sterilization practices followed. Public health authorities in Owen Sound have identified a local foot care clinic as a potential source of hepatitis B and are warning patients – other than orthotics patients – to consult a doc...

Major UK Supermarket ‘May Have Infected Thousands With Hepatitis E’ – Updated

The big chain has yet to be identified. The unknown supermarket’s own-brand sausages and ham were found to be the common link between those infected. [Update: The supermarket that unintentionally infected people with a strain of hepatitis has now been identified as Tesco.] A major UK supermarket may have unintentionally infected thousands of people with a pig virus which causes liver and neurological problems, Public Health England has found. The b

The Week in Review: August 4 – August 11, 2017

Friday, August 11, 2017 Research & Discoveries Melbourne scientists are creating mini-livers in a dish MELBOURNE scientists are creating mini livers in a dish using a world-first combination of human cells in an ambitious bid to grow liver tissue for transplants. The tiny experimental organs – developed from cells donated by cancer patients – will be used to test drugs and eventually treat disease. Routine hospital tool found to predict poor ...

UK rations hepatitis B vaccine amid global shortage

UK health officials are putting a temporary limit on who can have a hepatitis B vaccination because stocks are running low. The move is in response to the wider, global shortage of the jab caused by manufacturing issues. UK travellers are being told they may not be able to get it before they leave Britain for higher-risk countries. Babies and high-risk groups will be prioritised under the measures that are expected to continue into 2018. A spokes