Does Cannabis Use Reduce Cirrhosis Risk in HCV Patients?

In an observation of a large pool of patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV), cannabis users had a lower prevalence of liver cirrhosis, more favorable health status at hospital discharge, and lower total health care costs than non-users. Adeyinka Adejumo, lead author of the study and graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Intercampus Program in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology, and colleagues indicated the findings add to a relationship

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...

Cannabis May Be Protective Against Steatosis in Persons Coinfected with HIV-HCV

MARSEILLE, FRANCE — Cannabis may be protective against liver disease in subjects infected with both the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), according to data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Viral Hepatitis. French investigators assessed the relationship between cannabis use and the prevalence of steatosis (fatty liver disease) in a cohort of 838 HIV-HCV co-infected subjects. They reported, “Daily cannab