The Week in Review: July 6 – July 20, 2018

Friday, July 20, 2018 News Recap: Zepatier Plus Sovaldi Beats Hep C in Those with Cirrhosis and Genotype 3. Merck’s Zepatier (grazoprevir/elbasvir) plus Gilead Sciences’ Sovaldi (sofosbuvir), with or without ribavirin, cured HCV genotype 3 at high rates in a recent trial. The results were published in Hepatology. Dirty Ottawa clinic equipment may have affected 4,600 patients. Thousands of people who underwent minor surgery at a west Ottawa medical...

The Week in Review: March 16 – March 23, 2018

Friday, March 23, 2018 News Recap: Northern Vancouver Island VIRAL HEPATITIS Outreach Roadshow Trip 2018 SlideShow.  Our team of volunteers has just return from a week of outreach on Vancouver Island’s north end, and we have put together few slideshows to tell you the story. There will be more images in the next few days, but check out what we have so far! A heartfelt thanks to Cheryl, Leon and Rosemary for doing this. Novel score predicts DAA ben...

Herbal assault: liver toxicity of herbal and dietary supplements

The worldwide market for herbal and dietary supplements is booming.  But the health benefits of such products are largely unsubstantiated by scientific data, and they are increasingly associated with harmful side-effects, including liver toxicity. The number of people who use herbal and dietary supplements is not entirely clear, but the popularity of these products is undeniable. Surveys suggest that roughly 20% of Europeans and half of all Americans use

Officials warn customers of London, Ont., nail salon to get tested for HIV, hepatitis B, C

The Middlesex-London Health Unit issued an alert Wednesday warning clients of Cali Nails in the White Oaks Mall that they should talk to their doctors. Mary Lou Albanese, the manager of the health unit’s infectious disease control team, says a customer who contracted hepatitis B went to the salon for a manicure and pedicure. She says her agency is issuing the advisory for anyone who visited the salon between May 4, 2017, and Jan. 5, 2018. Albanese a

Guelph dental practice patients at risk of hep C, hep B, HIV infection

All patients of a certain Guelph dental practice over a 2.5-year period are being urged to get tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health announced Friday that they were sending letters to all known patients of Guelph Dental Associates between Jan. 21, 2015 and June 21, 2017. They say there is a low risk that anyone in that category may have been infected because some dental instruments were not being steriliz

Patients of Hamilton doctor may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis

This is scary!  Have you had a similar procedure done? Hamilton Public Health is advising patients of a Hamilton doctor to get tested for infectious diseases. Officials say anyone who received in-office surgical procedures including the removal of skin tags, warts, moles and cysts or biopsies of skin cancers at Dr. Lorin Harding’s clinic in Hamilton may have been exposed to improperly cleaned instruments. In a letter to former and current patients, Pub

1,000 Covenant Health patients potentially exposed to hepatitis B and C

At least 1,000 Covenant Health patients may have been exposed to hepatitis B and C, the organization revealed on Wednesday. Possible exposure was during insulin training sessions in Edmonton between 2013 and 2016. Updated:  More than 1,300 Covenant Health patients being treated for diabetes may have been exposed to hepatitis B and C during insulin training sessions, the organization revealed on Wednesday. The health agency has mailed letters to a to

Burlington dental patients told to get tested for hepatitis and HIV

The Halton Regional Health Department in Ontario, Canada says 9,000 past and current patients of a Burlington dental clinic should get tested for infectious diseases. On June 9 the department identified that clients who received dental services at Upper Middle Dental operated by Dr. Vick Handa may have been exposed to improperly cleaned instruments used for procedures. “Improperly cleaned dental instruments carry a low risk of transmitting infectious d

Hundreds of patients at risk of Hepatitis B and C after improper sterilization at north Edmonton clinic

About 270 patients at Northtown Medical Clinic in north Edmonton may be at risk of contracting Hepatitis B and C after an investigation by Alberta Health Services confirmed medical devices at the clinic were inadequately sterilized. AHS issued a public health advisory Monday morning that it completed a joint investigation with the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta, finding that there was “inadequate reprocessing and sterilization” of medical

Herbs and Supplements

Herbs and Supplements           Milk Thistle has been used traditionally for liver disease. It cannot cure HCV, but the verdict is mixed on whether it helps with symptoms. IMPORTANT, TAKE NOTE! Most of us here at HepCBC have taken various herbs and supplements over the years for our symptoms, and are sympathetic to traditional and alternative health practices. However, this is really important; p...