The Week in Review: April 13 – April 20, 2018

Friday, April 20, 2018 News Recap: Green tea supplements may cause liver damage, warns EU watchdog. Green tea extracts may cause liver damage, the EU food safety watchdog today announced. Taking more than 800mg of green tea catechins each day may pose health concerns, according to the body's review. Officials were unable to confirm a safe dose. Race May Affect Ability to Achieve SVR in Hepatitis C.  After being treated with direct-acting antiviral...

Race May Affect Ability to Achieve SVR in Hepatitis C

After being treated with direct-acting antivirals, African Americans with hepatitis C are less likely to achieve sustained virologic response at 12 weeks (SVR12) compared with white patients, according to results published in Pharmacology Research & Perspectives. Patients with hepatitis C who have advanced fibrosis are also less likely to achieve SVR12 than patients who do not have fibrosis. After adjusting for variables, the researchers found that

Race does not impact early mortality among patients with chronic HCV

Recent findings published in the Journal of Viral Hepatitis showed that race was a nonfactor in the early mortality of patients with hepatitis C virus infection. African-American patients with kidney disease and low albumin, however, were at greater risk for HCV-related mortality. “All patients with chronic HCV regardless of race died at an earlier age (53-65 years) than predicted for the overall population (75-79 years),” Paul H. Naylor, PhD, assistant p