Oregon Opioid Settlement Board approves $17 million to fight addiction crisis “Oregon will put $17 million from opioid settlement money toward efforts to research, prevent and treat addiction and provide free supplies to community organizations that help people reverse overdoses and avoid diseases, state officials announced Friday.” Triple Infection With HIV, HBV and HCV Raises Risk for Liver Failure “People who are living with HIV as well as hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) are more likely to develop end-stage liver disease compared with those who have HIV and HCV coinfection, according to study results published in AIDS. What’s more, people HIV and HBV coinfection had a lower risk of liver failure than those with HIV and HCV.” Higher Liver Stiffness Scores Linked to Liver Cancer in People With Hepatitis C or NAFLD “Advanced fibrosis, as measured by liver stiffness scores, is associated with a greater likelihood of liver cancer among people with chronic hepatitis C or fatty liver disease, according to findings published in PLOS One.” In case you missed the big news last week National hepatitis C elimination program represents an historic opportunity, according to White House “The development of direct-acting antivirals that can cure hepatitis C in 95% of infected people represents one of the most dramatic medical achievements in recent history, according to a viewpoint article co-authored by Dr. Francis Collins and Rachael Fleurence, PhD, both of whom represent the White House Executive Office of the President.” New Hepatitis B Guidelines!