Hepatic Disease

Shared drug paraphernalia linked to hep C transmission

Shared drug paraphernalia linked to hep C transmission

In a study, 24% of confiscated drug snorting straws tested positive for human blood.

Direct-acting antivirals in hepatitis C do not reduce hepatocellular carcinoma occurrence

Direct-acting antivirals in hepatitis C do not reduce hepatocellular carcinoma occurrence

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Patients previously treated for HCC have a high risk of tumor recurrence in the long term.

Epclusa approved to treat chronic hepatitis C

Epclusa approved to treat chronic hepatitis C

The combination drug treats 6 strains of chronic hepatitis C.

Hepatitis C mortality increasing, now leading cause of death among all infectious diseases

Hepatitis C mortality increasing, now leading cause of death among all infectious diseases

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The number of deaths associated with hepatitis C is higher than the total number of deaths resulting from 60 other infectious diseases.

Liver grafts from first-degree relatives do not increase recurrence risk

Liver grafts from first-degree relatives do not increase recurrence risk

The source of a patient's liver transplant did not significantly affect rates of disease recurrence.

Optimized medical therapy linked to long-term relief in chronic pancreatitis

Optimized medical therapy linked to long-term relief in chronic pancreatitis

Nearly 85% of patients achieved significant pain relief at 1-year follow up.

HCV, HIV co-infection linked to increased diabetes risk

HCV, HIV co-infection linked to increased diabetes risk

Treatment guidelines must expand to focus on patients co-infected with both HCV and HIV.

Sustained virological response found at 5 years in low-risk patients with HCV

Sustained virological response found at 5 years in low-risk patients with HCV

Patients with HCV/HIV coinfections had a much higher risk of HCV recurrence.

Coffee consumption may slow liver disease progression

Coffee consumption may slow liver disease progression

Regular coffee consumption increased the survival rate of patients with ESLD.

Signs and symptoms of hepatitis C virus infection

Signs and symptoms of hepatitis C virus infection

Education of high risk populations and regular testing are crucial steps clinicians can take to stem the spread of hepatitis C infection.

CDC works to eliminate HCV transmission in hemodialysis

CDC works to eliminate HCV transmission in hemodialysis

The organization encourages dialysis providers to improve current infection control practices.

Pre-procedural fasting length often exceeds guidelines in cirrhosis patients

Pre-procedural fasting length often exceeds guidelines in cirrhosis patients

97% of surveyed patients were malnourished after a pre-operation period of fasting.

FDA issues warning for two hepatitis C drugs

FDA issues warning for two hepatitis C drugs

Hepatitis C drugs Viekira Pak and Technivie have been recently linked to serious liver damage in patients with advanced liver disease, said the FDA.

Diagnosing nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is rapidly emerging as one of the most common "incidental findings" identified with radiographic testing. One in four adults is found to have the condition when undergoing abdominal ultrasound.

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