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: October 13 – October 20, 2017

Friday, October 20, 2017 News Recap: Disease Management: Women: Hepatitis C in pregnancy: screening, treatment, and management. Hepatitis C (HCV) during pregnancy is associated with serious, adverse outcomes. Infants born to women with HCV are more likely to experience fetal growth restriction and low birth weight. For women, chronic HCV is associated with progressive liver damage and, during pregnancy, can be transmitted from the mother to the fe...

Hepatitis C in pregnancy: screening, treatment, and management

Hepatitis C (HCV) during pregnancy is associated with serious, adverse outcomes. Infants born to women with HCV are more likely to experience fetal growth restriction and low birth weight. For women, chronic HCV is associated with progressive liver damage and, during pregnancy, can be transmitted from the mother to the fetus (called vertical transmission). Highly effective treatments for HCV now exist, but none are currently approved for use during pregna

Hepatitis C and women of childbearing age

Hiding in the shadow of the opioid epidemic is another troubling public health crisis, the precipitous increase in people whose liver is infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). But there is another problem: HCV infection during pregnancy About half of these young people who are injecting drugs are women of childbearing age. And although sexual transmission or transmission of HCV from infected household items is rare, it can happen. And women whose partners

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