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May 26, 2015
World Health Organization Throws Weight Behind Hep C Treatments
The World Health Organization (WHO) has added the new hepatitis C medications to its Model List of Essential Medicines.
May 21, 2015
Losing Weight Is Linked to Improvement in NASH
People with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) who lose significant body weight are likely to experience improvements in their disease condition.
NASH Increases Risk of Death by 50% Over NAFLD
Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is associated with a 50 percent greater risk of death than non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
Diabetes Drug Appears to Clear NASH in Some Cases
The diabetes drug Victoza (liraglutide) has apparently eliminated non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) in a significant proportion of those treated in a recent trial.
May 20, 2015
Fatty Liver Disease Rising as Liver Cancer Cause
With a quarter of Americans living with the condition, fatty liver disease is increasingly a cause of liver cancer.
Harvoni Boasts Near-Perfect Hep C Cure Rates in Cirrhotics
Gilead Sciences’ Harvoni (ledipasvir/sofosbuvir), with or without ribavirin, cures 92 to 100 percent of people with genotype 1 of hepatitis C and cirrhosis.
Early Study of Hepatitis B Immune Therapy Raises Cure Hopes
A new immune therapy targeting hepatitis B has shown promise in an animal study.
Screening for Hep C is Vital to Catch Progressing Liver Damage
Knowing your hepatitis C status has no apparent effect on the likelihood of your developing advanced liver fibrosis.
May 19, 2015
New Treatment Could Fight Liver Cancer
Researchers have identified a new therapy that could help treat liver cancer in a certain subset of people with the disease.
May 18, 2015
Curing Hepatitis C Likely Spells Substantial Economic Benefit
Treating all people with hepatitis C virus in the United States and five European nations could lead an economic benefit of $3.2 billion per year.
Hep C Treatment Can Help Those With Advanced Liver Disease
Various combinations of Sovaldi (sofosbuvir), Olysio (simeprevir) and ribavirin can cure hepatitis C among those with decompensated cirrhosis.
Diabetes Drug May Help Treat Non-Alcoholic Liver Disease
An investigational anti-diabetes drug may be an option for treating non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
May 15, 2015
Daclatasvir Plus Sovaldi Shows Promise Curing Hard-to-Treat Hep C
Daclatasvir and Sovaldi, with or without ribavirin, seem likely to lead to relatively good cure rates among people with genotype 3 of hepatitis C virus.
May 14, 2015
Central Appalachian Jump in Hep C Linked to Opioid Use
A rise in opioid dependency and in the rate of injection drug use in four central Appalachian states has occurred in tandem with a rising hepatitis C incidence.
Cure for Almost All Hep C-Positive Liver Transplantees
Daclatasvir and Sovaldi, with or without ribavirin, offer near-perfect hepatitis C cure rates among those who have received a liver transplant.
May 13, 2015
Hepatitis C Is a Risk Factor for Heart Disease
People with hepatitis C are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
May 12, 2015
Good Results for BMS’s Triple-Drug Hep C Genotype 1 Treatment
Bristol-Myers Squibb’s daclatasvir, asunaprevir and beclabuvir cured high rates of hepatitis C among those with genotype 1 without cirrhosis.
One in Five People With Hep C Likely Have Advanced Liver Disease
A significant proportion of people with undiagnosed hepatitis C likely have advanced liver disease and are in relatively urgent need of treatment.
May 11, 2015
Olysio and Sovaldi Cures 84 Percent of Cirrhotic Hep C Genotype 1’s
In a recent trial, Olysio and Sovaldi cured a moderately high proportion of those with genotype 1 of hepatitis C who had cirrhosis.
Hepatitis C Stigma Can Be Severe
Half of people with hepatitis B or C viruses report experiencing discrimination, and one in four say family members have skirted physical contact because of their infection.
May 08, 2015
Olysio-Sovaldi Combo Cures High Rates of Hep C Genotype 1
Twelve weeks of Olysio and Sovaldi boasted near-perfect cure results treating non-cirrhotic people with genotype 1 of hepatitis C, in a recent trial.
May 07, 2015
Harvoni Beats Hep C Among Those With Advanced Liver Disease
Harvoni and ribavirin cures hepatitis C at mostly high rates among those with decompensated cirrhosis or recurrent hep C after a liver transplant.
May 06, 2015
Could a Cancer Drug Cure Hepatitis B?
A cancer drug has shown promise as a potential cure for hepatitis B.
Daclatasvir and Sovaldi Cure High Rates of Genotype 1 of Hep C
Daclatasvir and Sovaldi, with or without ribavirin, cures high rates of people with genotype 1 of hepatitis C, according to preliminary data in a recent trial.
May 05, 2015
Joint Pain Flares Among People With HIV, Hepatitis C or Both
People with HIV and hepatitis C virus, as well as those who are coinfected with both viruses, report high levels of joint pain.
Global Hep B Could Plummet With More Vaccination and Treatment
Drastically raising the global rates of hepatitis B vaccination and treatment could deal a major blow to the disease.
Harvoni Cures High Rates of Genotypes 4 and 5 of Hepatitis C
Harvoni posted excellent results in curing genotypes 4 and 5 of hepatitis, including among those with cirrhosis, in a recent small trial.
May 04, 2015
Success for 8 Weeks of Grazoprevir/Elbasvir Plus Sovaldi
Eight weeks of Merck’s grazoprevir/elbasvir, plus Gilead Sciences’ Sovaldi cured high rates of people with genotype 1 or 3 of hepatitis C in a small trial.
Retreatment With 24 Weeks of Harvoni Often Cures Hepatitis C
People with genotype 1 of hepatitis C who have failed Harvoni have a good chance of a cure from a second round of the drug lasting 24 weeks.
Statins Appear Helpful to Hep C-Related Compensated Cirrhosis
Statins were found to be significantly beneficial to treating compensated cirrhosis among people with hepatitis C in a recent trial.
Putting Off Hep C Treatment Raised Risks With Older Treatments
Delaying hepatitis C treatment until liver damage was more advanced lowered the likelihood of a cure among interferon treatments in the pre-direct-acting antiviral era.
May 03, 2015
Viekira Pak Shows Promise for Kidney-Impaired People With Hep C
AbbVie’s Viekira Pak, with or without ribavirin, appears to work very well curing genotype 1 of hepatitis C.
Europe Is Behind the Eight Ball in Combatting Viral Hepatitis
Numerous European nations are in a poor position to combat hepatitis B and C viruses, given their inadequate systems to monitor viral hepatitis and to assess the effectiveness of interventions.
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