The Week in Review: February 23 – March 2, 2018

Friday, March 2, 2018 News Recap: Canada: Shifting from concern to crisis: 1 in 4 Canadians may be affected by liver disease. Recent indicators gathered by the Canadian Liver Foundation (CLF) show that an increased prevalence of liver diseases including non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), chronic hepatitis B & C, and liver cancer are why in just ten years, the statistic that was once 1 in 10, is now 1 in 4. Ontario Expands Patient Acce...

Ireland: Six in 10 people infected with hepatitis C undiagnosed

Six in 10 people infected with the hepatitis C virus in the Republic remain undiagnosed, a major conference has heard. The conference, entitled Hidden Disease: The Future of Hepatitis C treatment in the Community and Primary Care in Ireland and hosted by Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP), took place in Dublin on Saturday. There were calls by experts for the role of GPs to be enhanced to enable greater diagnosing of the virus. Speakers discus

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...

Hepatitis C “effectively eradicated” among Irish haemophilia patients

The Irish Haemophilia Society says the effective eradication of Hepatitis C among its members is a “huge milestone.” Between 1970 and 1991 a total of 240 patients were infected with Hepatitis C through the use of contaminated blood products for state blood transfusions. Around 123 of the surviving patients were offered treatment under the HSE's National Hepatitis C Treatment Programme this year. The Department of Health reports that the programm...

Ireland: Additional 1,500 people to be given life-saving hepatitis C treatment

The national hepatitis C treatment programme is to be extended as part of a plan to eliminate the disease in Ireland by 2026, the HSE has announced. The next phase of the strategy will provide an additional 1,500 people with access to life-saving drugs. The directly acting antivirals (DAAs) offer a cure for hepatitis C in the majority of patients. Nearly 700 people have been treated for the infection since late 2014. An estimated 20,000 to 50,000 pe