Week Ending September 20, 2021

Health department offers treatments for Hepatitis C
“It’s been three years since the Carteret County Health Department started its Hepatitis C treatment program, and 122 patients have completed treatment. That may not seem like much, but it can take up to eight months to finish treatments, depending on the medication used, according to health department family nurse practitioner Jessica Harris.”

Effects of Short vs Standard Course Therapy With Sofosbuvir-Velpatasvir in Patients With Heptatitis C Virus
“In patients with recently diagnosed hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, a 6-week course of therapy with sofosbuvir-velpatasvir appeared to be less effective compared with standard 12-week therapy, according to results of a study published in the Journal of Hepatology.”

Prompt attention and action is the need of the hour to limit hepatitis
“Hepatitis is major health concern especially in developing and under developed countries. In fact, greater awareness about viral hepatitis is critical to limit the spread and subsequently to eradicate the condition from our country.”

Predicting Which Patients Will Develop HCC After HCV Treatment
“The Enhanced Liver Fibrosis (ELF) score may be a useful marker for predicting which patients with hepatitis C treated with direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) will go on to develop hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), according to a study published in Molecular and Clinical Oncology.”

What to know about testing for hepatitis
“Hepatitis is a group of viral liver diseases, including hepatitis A, B, and C. Doctors use a hepatitis panel, a type of blood test, to diagnose hepatitis.”

Structural insights into hepatitis C virus receptor binding and entry
“Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a causal agent of chronic liver disease, cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma in humans, and afflicts more than 70 million people worldwide. The HCV envelope glycoproteins E1 and E2 are responsible for the binding of the virus to the host cell, but the exact entry process remains undetermined.”

Hepatitis C and diabetes: What is the link?
“The hepatitis C virus (HCV) spreads through contact with blood. It can cause an acute or chronic infection. If HCV becomes chronic, it can contribute to liver damage and the development of other conditions, including diabetes.”