The Week in Review: January 12 – January 19, 2018

Friday, January 19, 2018 News Recap: Research & Discoveries: Blood test for early detection of 8 cancers looks promising. Scientists have developed a blood test that can detect eight common cancer types through assessment of the levels of circulating proteins and mutations in cell-free DNA. The test, called CancerSEEK, clinically detected cancers of the ovary, liver, stomach, pancreas, esophagus, colorectum, lung, or breast. CancerSEEK tests wer...

Insulin Resistance in HCV May Be Reversed With DAAs

Hepatitis C (HCV) is associated with insulin resistance, and elimination of the virus may help re-establish glycemic control in affected patients, according to a prospective case-control study published in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Approximately 76.5% of patients who achieved a sustained virologic response experienced improvements in insulin resistance. There was a significant 2.42±1.85 point reduction in insulin resistance as assess

Curing hepatitis C improves diabetes control

Curing hepatitis C infection with direct-acting antiviral treatment improves diabetes control in people with more severe type 2 diabetes, a review of patients treated in the US Veterans Affairs health care system has found. The study is published in the journal Diabetes Care. Hepatitis C infection greatly increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in people who are already at higher risk. One study found that in older people and those with higher bo

High BMI, Type 2 Diabetes Associated With Increased Liver Cancer Risk

A recent study correlates a high BMI, along with an increased waist circumference and type 2 diabetes mellitus, with an increased risk of developing liver cancer. The body mass index (BMI) of a person describes the function of a body in terms of height and mass. It is defined as the body mass divided by the square of the body height, and it's universally expressed in units of kg/m2, resulting from mass in kilograms and height in meters. As liver cancer