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How the hepatitis B virus establishes persistent infection
New research sheds light on how a hepatitis B viral protein stimulates the expansion of immune cells that impair antiviral responses, according to a study published April 18 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Haitao Guo of the Indiana University School of Medicine, Bin Wang and Jiming Zhang of Fudan University, and colleagues. (2019-04-18)
US and Japanese researchers identify how liver cells protect against viral attacks
Researchers in Chapel Hill, N.C., and Tokyo have discovered a mechanism by which liver cells intrinsic resistance to diverse RNA viruses is regulated. (2019-04-15)
Biophotonic therapy eliminates bacteria and viruses from organs before transplantation
Method developed by scientists in Brazil and Canada can prevent transmission of diseases to organ recipients. (2019-04-11)
Glecaprevir/pibrentasvir is effective and well tolerated in individuals with hepatitis C
Two large 'real-world' studies conducted in Germany and the USA have confirmed the high rates of sustained virological response (SVR) observed in controlled clinical studies of glecaprevir/pibrentasvir (G/P) involving individuals with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. (2019-04-11)
Discovery of a host mRNA that inhibits immune functions of antiviral protein RIG-I
This study shows that, upon HCV infection, mRNA of selenoprotein P (SeP), a secretory protein produced primarily in the liver, binds to and inhibits the action of RIG-I, an antiviral protein, thus regulating innate immunity. (2019-04-10)
Is maternal vaccination safe during breastfeeding?
In light of the continuing anti-vaccination movement, a provocative new article provides a comprehensive overview of the potential risks of vaccinating breastfeeding women. (2019-04-10)
HIV-infected individuals at high risk of NAFLD and progressive liver disease
The increasing burden and risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) associated with HIV infection have today been highlighted in two studies presented at The International Liver Congress™ 2019 in Vienna, Austria. (2019-04-10)
Hepatitis C infections could be prevented by reducing transmission in people who inject drugs
Stepping up efforts to prevent transmission of hepatitis C among people who inject drugs, could reduce future infections by 43% globally, according to a study by researchers at the University of Bristol published in the Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology today. (2019-04-09)
Discovery of a restriction factor for hepatitis B virus
Hepatitis B is a viral liver infection that can lead to acute or chronic conditions. (2019-04-08)
Experts call for strategies to address public health crisis of opioid, ID epidemics
Citing the spread of infections linked to rising rates of opioid use across the country including HIV, viral hepatitis, skin and soft tissue infections, bone and joint infections and endocarditis, an article published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases calls on the federal government to support coordinated and strengthened responses by infectious diseases and substance use specialists. (2019-04-04)
Opioid epidemic is increasing rates of some infectious diseases
The US faces a public health crisis as the opioid epidemic fuels growing rates of certain infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, heart infections, and skin and soft tissue infections. (2019-04-03)
Hepatitis C-infected hearts and lungs safely transplanted
In a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the team describes a four-week antiviral treatment regimen started within hours of organ transplantation surgery, preventing establishment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in all patients, and, in so doing, expanding the pool of eligible heart and lung donor organs. (2019-04-03)
Slight decline in hepatitis C diagnoses in Europe
European surveillance data show a 10% decrease in newly reported hepatitis C cases between 2016 and 2017. (2019-04-02)
New study identifies genetic variant that could help reduce need for liver transplants
A new study from the Westmead Institute for Medical Research has identified a genetic variant associated with liver fibrosis (scarring) in chronic hepatitis C patients. (2019-04-02)
WHO guidelines fail to detect half of chronic hepatitis B patients in Ethiopia needing treatment
Current World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for chronic hepatitis B (CHB) fail to detect half of the patients in need of treatment in Ethiopia, report scientists in the Journal of Hepatology, published by Elsevier. (2019-03-28)
Researchers find method to prioritize treatment strategies in hepatitis C in US prisons
There are currently more than three million people in the US with hepatitis C, a condition that can lead to serious and even deadly liver complications. (2019-03-22)
Mayo Clinic researchers identify potential new therapy for liver diseases
Drug therapy may effectively treat a potentially life-threatening condition associated with cirrhosis and other chronic liver diseases, according to a new study by Mayo Clinic researchers. (2019-03-22)
Many recovering from addiction have chronic health problems, diminished quality of life
A study from the Massachusetts General Hospital Recovery Research Institute shows that more than a third of individuals who consider themselves in recovery from an alcohol or other substance use disorder continue to suffer from chronic physical disease. (2019-03-21)
Hepatitis B virus sheds light on ancient human population movements into Australia
Australian researchers have used hepatitis B virus genome sequences to deduce that the mainland Aboriginal population separated from other early humans at least 59,000 years ago. (2019-03-17)
Antiviral therapy improves survival rates for kidney transplant recipients with hepatitis B or C
Prior to the development of antiviral therapy, kidney transplant recipients infected with either hepatitis B (HBV) or hepatitis C (HCV) experienced poor outcomes. (2019-03-14)
Hepatitis B vaccination in preadolescents lowered the disease incidence rate in Catalonia
Introducing hepatitis B vaccine in preadolescents meant a decline in the disease incidence rate by 52 percent according to a study in which the University of Barcelona took part. (2019-03-13)
New hepatitis C cases down by almost 70 percent in HIV-positive men in London
New cases of hepatitis C amongst HIV-positive men in London have fallen by nearly 70 percent in recent years. (2019-03-06)
A silver lining like no other
New technology from the University of South Australia is revolutionizing safe vaccination practices through antibacterial, silver-loaded dissolvable microneedle patches, which not only sterilize the injection site to inhibit the growth of bacteria, but also physically dissolve after administration. (2019-03-05)
Penn team eradicates Hepatitis C in patients after heart transplants from infected donors
Nine patients at Penn Medicine have been cured of the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) following lifesaving heart transplants from deceased donors who were infected with the disease, according to a study published in the American Journal of Transplantation. (2019-02-25)
Common virus is 'less prone to mutation' giving hope for vaccine development
One of the commonest causes of congenital disability, the Human Cytomegalovirus (HCMV), is less prone to mutation than previously thought, a finding which could help develop a successful vaccine, UCL researchers have found. (2019-02-25)
Do we have an epidemic? Enhancing disease surveillance using a health information exchange
While disease surveillance has shifted toward greater use of electronically transmitted information to decrease the reporting burden on physicians, the challenge of getting the right information to public health officials at the right time has not been completely solved. (2019-02-11)
The Lancet: Direct-acting antivirals reduce risk of premature mortality and liver cancer for people with chronic hepatitis C
The first prospective, longitudinal study investigating treatment of chronic hepatitis C with direct-acting antivirals finds that the treatment is associated with reduced risk of mortality and liver cancer, according to a study published in The Lancet. (2019-02-11)
A new protocol for Hepatitis A vaccination to prevent a vaccine-resistant virus
Researchers of the University of Barcelona (UB) have analysed, with massive sequencing techniques for the first time, the evolution of the Hepatitis A virus with samples from patients. (2019-02-08)
OxyContin reformulation to curb opioid abuse led to hepatitis C surge, study finds
Public health officials have blamed the shift from prescription opioids to injectable heroin as a cause of the rise in hepatitis C cases. (2019-02-04)
The Lancet: Major progress against hepatitis C by 2030 is possible, but will need vast improvements in screening, prevention and treatment
A comprehensive package of prevention, screening, and treatment interventions could avert 15.1 million new hepatitis C infections and 1.5 million cirrhosis and liver cancer deaths globally by 2030 -- equal to an 80 percent reduction in incidence and a 60 percent reduction in deaths compared with 2015, according to the first study to model hepatitis C interventions globally published in The Lancet. (2019-01-28)
Needle and syringe programs cost-effectively prevent hepatitis C transmission
Providing clean injecting equipment through needle and syringe programs is a highly cost-effective way of preventing hepatitis C (HCV) transmission among people who inject drugs and could save millions of pounds in infection treatment costs in the UK, according to research led by the University of Bristol and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. (2019-01-23)
Liver transplants double for alcohol-related liver disease
The proportion of US liver transplants for alcohol-associated liver disease (ALD) has doubled in the last 15 years, in part due to broader acceptance of waiving the mandated period of sobriety before transplants for this population, according to a study by researchers at UC San Francisco, which showed ongoing regional geographic variations in liver transplant rates for ALD patients, whose long-term survival rate is slightly lower than other liver transplant patients. (2019-01-22)
Liver transplant for alcohol-related liver disease in US
The proportion of liver transplants in the United States for alcohol-associated liver disease increased between 2002 and 2016, with much of the increase associated with a decrease in liver transplant for hepatitis C virus infection because of antiviral therapy. (2019-01-22)
Liver cancer patients can be treated for Hep C infection
A large, multi-center study refutes earlier suggestions that antiviral drugs for treating hepatitis C may lead to a higher recurrence of liver cancer. (2019-01-18)
Many hepatitis infections go undiagnosed in cancer patients
Results from the largest study of hepatitis B and C and HIV infection prevalence in cancer patients show an alarmingly high rate of undiagnosed acute and chronic hepatitis B and C. (2019-01-17)
How common is Hepatitis C infection in each US state?
Hepatitis C virus infection is a major cause of illness and death in the United States and injection drug use is likely fueling many new cases. (2018-12-21)
Himalayan marmot genome offers clues to life at extremely high altitudes
Himalayan marmots can survive at altitudes up to 5,000 meters in the Himalayan regions of India, Nepal, and Pakistan and on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau of China, where many of them face extreme cold, little oxygen, and few other resources. (2018-12-20)
Hepatitis: Liver failure attributable to compromised blood supply
In severe cases, a viral hepatitis infection can result in liver failure. (2018-12-19)
Sofosbuvir rids organism of chikungunya and yellow fever viruses
Sofosbuvir is already used to treat hepatitis C and has passed all human use approval tests, so it can be fairly easily deployed if the chikungunya epidemic forecast for the next two years materializes. (2018-12-18)
New strains of hepatitis C found in Africa
The largest population study of hepatitis C in Africa has found three new strains of the virus circulating in the general population in sub-Saharan Africa. (2018-12-17)
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