Worldwide 52 million children living with viral hepatitis

World Hepatitis Alliance calls for better screening of expectant mothers and treatment of children New data presented at this year’s World Hepatitis Summit in Sao Paulo, Brazil (1-3 November) show that 52 million children are living with viral hepatitis worldwide, compared to 2.1 million children living with HIV/AIDS. An estimated 325 million people were living with viral hepatitis worldwide in 2016. Of these, 4 million were children living with hepati

Syrian family hopes to get ailing child to Canada

A local Syrian refugee sponsor group and family members already here are desperate to get a Syrian family to Kingston sooner rather than later so one of their children can get life-saving medical care in Canada.  The boy, who has beaten leukemia, now has hepatitis C and cirrhosis of the liver. Since the summer of 2015, Save a Family from Syria (SAFFS) has brought three families from war-torn Syria to the Limestone City. One more will be here shortly, w

Children Exposed To Hepatitis C May Be Missing Out On Treatment

Several times a month, Jessica Wen, a pediatrician specializing in liver diseases, has a teenager show up at her clinic at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with an unexpected diagnosis: hepatitis C. Hepatitis C virus, or HCV, is the most common bloodborne infection in the U.S. and a leading cause of liver failure and cancer. Injection drug use is a common risk factor, as is receiving a blood transfusion before 1992. But some of the teens Wen sees p