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Lack of Awareness May Spur Spread of Hep C

Posted 1 Nov 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 1, 2017 – Only about half of people in the United States with hepatitis C know they have the curable disease, new data shows. That lack of awareness contributes to increasing rates of hepatitis C infection and means the country is unlikely to meet its own or World Health Organization target dates for eliminating the disease, researchers said. Hepatitis C can cause liver disease, ...

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 ...

How Many Mutant Genes Drive Cancer?

Posted 20 Oct 2017 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2017 – Depending on the cancer, between one and 10 genetic mutations are needed to trigger the development of tumors, a new study reports. "We have addressed a longstanding question in cancer research that has been debated since the 1950s: How many mutations are needed for a normal cell to turn into a cancer cell?" said study author Peter Campbell, with the Wellcome Trust Sanger ...

Hepatitis C Screening May Boost Opioid Treatment Success

Posted 20 Oct 2017 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2017 – Opioid abuse therapy may be more effective if patients are screened for hepatitis C as part of the program, a new Canadian study says. The research found a sharp drop in opioid abuse among patients after they were told they tested positive for the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Hepatitis C causes liver disease that can lead to cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), liver cancer and ...

Mexican-Americans at Higher Risk for Liver Cancer

Posted 26 Sep 2017 by

MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 – Mexican-Americans have more risk factors for liver cancer than residents of Mexico do, a new study finds. Researchers compared data on almost 9,500 Mexicans living in Mexico; just over 2,300 U.S.-born Mexican-Americans living in the United States; and close to 2,000 Mexican-Americans who were born in Mexico and now live in the United States. Mexican-Americans were more ...

U.S. Liver Cancer Deaths Have Doubled Since 1980s: Study

Posted 7 Jun 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2017 – Liver cancer is the fastest-growing cause of cancer deaths in the United States, a new study reports. Liver cancer cases have been on the rise since the mid-1970s, a trend expected to continue through at least 2030. Death rates from the disease have doubled since the mid-1980s – the fastest increase of any cancer, according to the American Cancer Society, which ...

Obesity in Youth Tied to Higher Odds for Liver Cancer in Men

Posted 21 Mar 2017 by

TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 – Overweight and obese young men are at increased risk for serious liver disease or liver cancer later in life, and those with diabetes have an even higher risk, a new study warns. Efforts to reduce obesity, "should be implemented from an early age to reduce the future burden of severe liver disease on individuals and society," say Swedish researchers led by Hannes ...

Cancer Isn't 'One Size Fits All' for Hispanics

Posted 21 Feb 2017 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 – Cancer death rates can vary widely between different Hispanic ethnic groups in the United States, a new study finds. "Hispanic populations are all different, reflecting their country of origin, cultural experiences and socioeconomic status," said study author Dr. Paulo Pinheiro, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. "If we can ...

More Evidence Linking Obesity to Liver Cancer

Posted 14 Oct 2016 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 14, 2016 – Having a large waistline, a high body mass index (BMI) and type 2 diabetes, may raise your risk for liver cancer, a new study suggests. "We found that each of these three factors was associated, robustly, with liver cancer risk," said study co-author Peter Campbell. He's strategic director of digestive system cancer research at the American Cancer Society. Liver cancer ...

Generic Hepatitis C Drugs as Effective as Pricey Brand Names: Study

Posted 18 Apr 2016 by

SATURDAY, April 16, 2016 – Low-cost generic antiviral drugs are as effective and safe as more expensive brand-name drugs in treating people with hepatitis C, researchers report. In many countries, people don't have access to a course of brand-name direct-acting antiviral drugs due to the high cost – as much as $94,000 a patient, the researchers explained. However, mass-produced generic versions ...

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 ...

Gene Variant May Explain Higher Rates of Some Cancers in Black People

Posted 31 Mar 2016 by

THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 – A single gene variant may explain why black Americans with common cancers have shorter survival times and higher death rates than other races, a new study suggests. While some researchers have examined possible socioeconomic factors to explain these differences, others have focused on genetics. "We may finally have a truly genetic explanation for why African-Americans ...

Screening Inmates for Hepatitis C Benefits General Community: Study

Posted 23 Nov 2015 by

MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 – A prison-based hepatitis C screening and treatment program could benefit the broader community, researchers suggest. Besides reducing the spread of hepatitis C after prisoners are released, "universal [hepatitis C] testing and treatment in prisons would reduce outcomes of advanced [hepatitis C] such as liver cancer, end-stage liver disease and death among prisoners," said ...

Obesity May Speed Aging of the Liver, Study Suggests

Posted 14 Oct 2014 by

MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 – Extra pounds cause the liver to age faster, potentially explaining why obesity is linked to diseases like liver cancer and insulin resistance, new research suggests. It's not clear if this aging directly translates to higher risks of certain diseases. Still, it's possible that "people whose liver is much older than expected need to be screened more carefully for various ...

Liver Cancer Drug Fails to Live Up to Early Promise

Posted 1 Jul 2014 by

TUESDAY, July 1, 2014 – Although it looked promising in early studies, the drug everolimus didn't improve survival for people with advanced liver cancer in its latest trial, a new study found. The findings from the phase 3 clinical trial are disappointing because earlier research suggested that everolimus (Afinitor) prevented tumor progression and improved survival for in advanced liver cancer. ...

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