Week Ending September 19, 2022

New Guidelines to Diagnose Hepatitis of Unknown Origin in Children
“Beginning in April 2022, the United Kingdom reported excess cases of severe acute hepatitis. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) reported they were investigating 60 cases of hepatitis in children under 10 years of age. In these children, the common viruses that typically cause hepatitis were not detected.”

Investigators Identify Geographic Cirrhosis Trends
“A team, led by Kailu Fang, State Key Laboratory for Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases, National Clinical Research Center for Infectious Diseases, Collaborative Innovation Center for Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases, The First Affiliated Hospital, College of Medicine, Zhejiang University, explored the time series associations between varying levels of risk factors and cirrhosis prevalence and predicted the cirrhosis prevalence under alternative scenarios to consolidate evidence for further intervention plans.”

With a promising new plan to pay for pricey cures, two states set out to eliminate hepatitis C. But cost hasn’t been the biggest problem
“For nearly a decade, many experts assumed the biggest obstacle to eliminating hepatitis C was the sky-high cost of the new cures.”

Blood-borne Virus (BBVs) Testing in Emergency Departments
“Blood-borne viruses (BBVs) cause significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. For populations at high risk of BBVs but less inclined to seek out primary care, Emergency departments (EDs) provide an alternative point of contact.”

What Happens To Your Body When You Have Hepatitis C
“Health experts advise against sharing toothbrushes, needles, and razors for a reason: this practice can lead to hepatitis C, a viral infection of the liver. The same could happen if you have unprotected sex with someone carrying the hepatitis C virus (HCV), warns the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.”

Hepatologist vs. Gastroenterologist
“The diseases hepatologists and gastroenterologists treat have some overlap, and those with liver disease in particular may wonder if they should see one, the other, or both.”

Maryam’s story: hepatitis C is curable