The Week in Review: January 19 – January 26, 2018

Friday, January 26, 2018 News Recap: Research and Discoveries: Growing Evidence Shows Hepatitis C Intersects With Other Diseases. As many as three-quarters of individuals with hepatitis C virus (HCV) experience disorders related to the virus beyond the impact on their livers, the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable estimates. HCV-related kidney disease, depression, skin disorders, lymphoma and other conditions can seriously impact a patient, even wi...

Chewing khat leaves increases risk for chronic liver disease

Chewing khat leaves correlated with an increased risk for chronic liver disease, according to results of a case-controlled hospital-based study. The data further showed the association was dose-dependent among men. “The World Health Organization (WHO) has defined khat as a drug of abuse as it may lead to health and social problems,” Stian Magnus Staurung Orlien, MD, from the Oslo University Hospital, Norway, and colleagues wrote. “This study identified kh

Burnaby woman’s hepatitis C is gone, but better health remains elusive

Pat Gelineau’s life story is playing out with more than one unpredictable comeback. While serving prison time for robbery, she took up flower arranging and found paid work at it. Then she kicked a heroin habit that pushed her to crime in the first place. Now the 58-year-old no longer carries the hepatitis C virus she picked up during her years as an addict, but her biggest comeback is still ahead: healing her severely damaged liver and returning to heal

Liver damage underestimated in hepatitis C patients

"According to the study, hepatitis C patients with higher odds of cirrhosis include those who are older, males, Asian race, Hispanic ethnicity, genotype 3 infection, HIV coinfection, are diabetic, and have a history of antiviral therapy and a history of alcohol abuse."An estimated 2.7 to 3.9 million people in the United States have chronic hepatitis C infections, but many of these patients may be unaware of the severity of their liver damage.“We looked at ...