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Can Aspirin Stop Liver Cancer in Hepatitis B Patients?

Posted 20 Oct 2017 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2017 – Daily aspirin may reduce the risk of liver cancer for people with hepatitis B infection, a new study suggests. Hepatitis B virus attacks the liver and can cause cirrhosis and liver cancer. Previous research suggests daily low-dose aspirin therapy may prevent cancer, but there is little clinical evidence on whether regular aspirin use can prevent liver cancer in people ...

Semen Harbors Wide Range of Viruses

Posted 13 Sep 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 – Human semen provides a potential hiding place and breeding ground for a host of dangerous viruses, a new evidence review reports. The analysis of current medical literature revealed genetic evidence of 27 infectious viruses found in semen, including dread-inducing agents like Zika, Ebola, Marburg, Lassa fever and chikungunya, along with mumps, Epstein-Barr and chicken ...

Hep B Vaccine Should Be Given Sooner: Pediatricians Group

Posted 28 Aug 2017 by

MONDAY, Aug. 28, 2017 – The first dose of the hepatitis B vaccine should be given to babies within 24 hours of birth, new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics say. Until now, the academy had recommended the vaccine be given by the baby's first checkup. Now, the risk of infection has increased with the ongoing opioid crisis, as more moms are getting infected with hepatitis B and ...

Only About One-Third of Americans Use Condoms: CDC

Posted 10 Aug 2017 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 10, 2017 – Condoms can help prevent pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), but only about a third of Americans use them, a new federal report shows. "The use of condoms is a public health issue," said report author Casey Copen, a statistician at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. "STDs can lead to ...

Hepatitis Infection May Raise Risk for Parkinson's Disease

Posted 30 Mar 2017 by

THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 – People with the liver infection hepatitis may be at heightened risk of developing Parkinson's disease, a large new study suggests. The study, published online March 29 in Neurology, is the second in the past year to link hepatitis to Parkinson's. Specifically, the new study found that people who'd been infected with hepatitis B or C were 51 percent to 76 percent more ...

Better Efforts Could Help Rid the U.S. of Hepatitis B, C: Report

Posted 28 Mar 2017 by

TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 – Improved prevention, screening and treatment could help eliminate hepatitis B and C as serious public health problems in the United States and save nearly 90,000 lives by 2030, according to a new report. About 1.3 million people in the United States have chronic hepatitis B and about 2.7 million have chronic hepatitis C. These infections cause about 80 percent of liver ...

Use of Needle Exchange Programs Up Dramatically in 10 Years: CDC

Posted 30 Nov 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 – Although there was a significant increase in the use of syringe services programs (SSPs) – more commonly known as needle exchange programs – across the United States over the past decade, many injection drug users don't always use sterile needles, a federal government report says. Previously used needles put drug users at risk for infectious diseases such as HIV and ...

Ridding U.S. of Hepatitis B, C as 'Public Health Problem' Possible: Experts

Posted 11 Apr 2016 by

MONDAY, April 11, 2016 – Experts say there's real hope in someday ridding the United States of the "public health problem" of hepatitis B and C infection. The two viral strains cause serious, often fatal, liver disease for tens of thousands of Americans each year. The comprehensive new report is from a panel of experts at the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. They ...

HIV Therapy May Also Lower Risk for Hepatitis B, Study Says

Posted 12 Oct 2015 by

MONDAY, Oct. 12, 2015 – Not only does effective HIV therapy thwart the AIDS-causing virus, it may also reduce the risk for hepatitis B infection, a new study says. "What this means to us is that effective HIV therapy appears to restore an impairment in the immune response that protects someone with HIV from acquiring hepatitis B infection," study senior author Dr. Chloe Thio, a professor of ...

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