The Week in Review: July 27 – August 24, 2018

Friday, August 24, 2018 News Recap: Neuropsychiatric symptoms in hepatitis C patients resemble those of patients with autoimmune liver disease but are different from those in hepatitis B patients. Chronic fatigue, mood alterations and cognitive impairment are frequent accessory symptoms of HCV-infection. Fatigue and mood alterations have also been observed in autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) and primary biliary cholangitis (PBC), but not in hepatitis B vi...

Drop in Aussies seeking hepatitis C cure

"Australia is one of the few countries where we can actually eliminate hepatitis C as a public health threat." Three months after starting medication to treat hepatitis C Frank Carlus was cured of the disease that claimed his mother's life. He describes the cure as a godsend, but for his mother the stigma associated with a disease often linked to risky lifestyles was a barrier to her seeking treatment. Hepatitis C can cause liver cancer, cirrhosis a...

The Week in Review: May 25 – June 1, 2018

Friday, June 1, 2018 News Recap: HCV: Large Study Confirms DAAs Protect Against HCC When Sustained Viral Response Achieved. Patients with hepatitis C virus who are successfully treated with direct-acting antiviral agents experience a dramatic reduction in their risk for liver cancer, new data show. However, the decrease is much lower for those diagnosed with cirrhosis before starting a DAA. HCV Guidance Updated for Screening and Treating Key Popu...

When you think having a disease is ‘punishment’ for past behavior

While some diseases, such as cancer, elicit instant sympathy and caring, others, like hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, and mental illness are often shrouded in shame, fear, and misunderstanding. In fact, according to a survey by the World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA), more than 90 percent of countries report some degree of stigma and discrimination against those with viral hepatitis (primarily hepatitis C and B), which affects 325 million people globally. And, accordin

Hep C and the false economy of the health care system: Fiorito

There is a remarkable drug which treats Hepatitis C. It’s expensive, and it works, but you can’t get it until you get really sick. By Joe Fiorito Columnist People get sick. We have health care. Those in need get treatment. What’s the problem? Money, faulty accounting and, in some cases, morality. I know two women, Sheryl and Celeste. They both have Hep C, a progressive disease of the liver. The manner in which they got it doesn’t matter, although it

Annual event spreads word on Hep C myths

WELLAND — Carrie Honsinger isn’t afraid to admit she had Hepatitis C. On World Hepatitis Day, July 28, Honsinger was present, sharing her story, at the Welland Market Square for the Niagara Health System Hepatitis C Care Clinic’s annual event promoting awareness of the virus that in Niagara is more prevalent than elsewhere in the province. “To this day I still have no idea how I contracted it,” said the 46-year-old mother of two who now volunteers with t

Woman ‘humiliated’ after clinic refuses to do allergy test because she had hepatitis C

“They treated me like I had leprosy,” said Monica Higgins, who says she was turned away from an Appletree clinic at Bank Street and Heron Road Thursday morning, which, coincidentally, was World Hepatitis Day. Higgins booked an allergy test at the Appletree clinic several weeks ago after she started experiencing allergy symptoms for the first time. She said the nurse began preparing Higgins for the test, which involves rubbing serums of 52 possible alle

Hep C: an unnecessary epidemic

July 28 is World Hepatitis Day, and it’s fitting to remind ourselves that Canadians’ lives are imperiled unnecessarily by hepatitis C — stemming from a lack of knowledge about the disease and from barriers to gaining access to treatment. New research recently published in the Lancet indicates that "viral hepatitis is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide." In Canada, an estimated 330,000-plus people have been infected by hepatitis C; that’s ...

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Editorial: Hep C epidemic can be stemmed

If you have lived a relatively clean life, you might think the odds of your suffering from hepatitis C might be as small as the odds of winning a lottery, but a study released last week indicates that just being a baby boomer is a risk factor. This is a lottery you wouldn’t want to win. Getting tested for the virus, as recommended by Dr. Julio Montaner, director of the B.C. Centre of Excellence in HIV/AIDS, is a small price to pay for health and pea...