Week Ending May 10, 2021

Hepatitis C Cure Linked to Lower Risk of Liver, Cardiovascular Death
“Attaining a sustained virological response following antiviral therapy for hepatitis C was associated with a lower risk of death from liver-related or cardiovascular causes, according to findings published in the Journal of Viral Hepatitis.”

Adolescent Hepatitis C: Prevalence, Impact, and Management Challenges
“The prevalence of Hepatitis C virus infection (HCV), a leading cause of chronic liver disease worldwide, is rising in the United States (US) and other high-income countries, especially among youth and young adults. This surge in cases is closely associated with the opioid crisis and intravenous drug use (IVDU). However, its prevalence and impact on the adolescent population have not been thoroughly studied and therefore is poorly understood.”

How I Slayed the Shame and Fear of a Hep C Diagnosis
“Hearing the words “You have hepatitis C” is something you feel deep within your bones.”

More People Who Inject Drugs Are Being Treated for Hepatitis C

“From 2015 to 2018, the proportion of people who inject drugs who have received treatment for hepatitis C has almost tripled in San Francisco, according to results published in PLOS ONE.”

May Is Hepatitis Awareness Month 2021
“May is Hepatitis Awareness Month in the United States. It’s a time designated to promote the awareness and prevention of viral hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver that can become chronic and lead to death.”

How to Find Clinical Trials for Hepatitis C
“Clinical studies improve our medical knowledge with the help of human volunteers. Clinical studies test possible outcomes by observing and controlling variables, such as the dosage of a medication or the effects of a new medication or changing the dose of a medication, for example.”

Hepatitis C in prisons: Testing and treatment crucial to elimination
“A world-first Australian study has shown that broad access to hepatitis C testing and treatment in prisons halves the number of new infections in that setting.”

Universal Screening for HCV the Better Option for Pregnant Women
“New research shows only screening for hepatitis C virus (HCV) by risk in pregnant women results in a large percentage of missed diagnoses.”

Is Coffee Good for Your Liver?
“You reach for coffee to perk up in the morning and get over the mid-afternoon slump. Turns out there’s another good reason to make coffee part of your daily routine: liver health. “We have a lot of evidence that coffee is good for the liver,” says liver specialist Jamile Wakim-Fleming, MD.”