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Hundreds Hospitalized in San Diego as Hepatitis A Outbreak Spreads

Posted 6 Oct 2017 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 – An outbreak of hepatitis A among drug users and the homeless in San Diego continues to spread, public health experts report. To date, 481 cases have been reported, 337 people have been hospitalized and 17 have died, according to Dr. Eric McDonald. He is from the epidemiology and immunization services branch of the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. Cases of the viral liver disease are also now being reported in Santa Cruz and Los Angeles counties, where 70 and 12 people have been diagnosed, respectively, the Los Angeles Times reported. The first signs of the outbreak surfaced almost a year ago. "From November 2016 to February 2017, between seven and nine cases would have been expected, yet 19 cases were reported," McDonald said during a media briefing Thursday. What triggered this outbreak remains unknown and will most likely never be identified, ... Read more

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Infections More Common in People With Schizophrenia

Posted 4 Apr 2017 by

MONDAY, April 3, 2017 – People with schizophrenia may face an increased risk for serious infections, a new study suggests. "The preliminary data results suggest that individuals with schizophrenia have higher prevalence of all types of severe infections compared to the background population," study author Monika Pankiewicz-Dulacz, from the University of Southern Denmark, and colleagues wrote. "Clinicians should be aware that people with schizophrenia are the risk group for severe infections. General guidelines and suggestions regarding prevention of severe infections among schizophrenia patients are needed, and they should address a wide range of areas including hygiene, diet, activities, medications, treatment of comorbid [co-existing] conditions and vaccinations," the researchers concluded. However, the study's findings only show a link between schizophrenia and certain infections, ... Read more

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Serious Infections Tied to Suicide Risk

Posted 10 Aug 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 – People hospitalized for serious infections may face an increased risk of dying by suicide, and researchers suspect there's a biological reason for it. In a study of over 7 million people, Danish researchers found that those who'd been hospitalized for infections were 42 percent more likely to die of suicide compared to people with no history of serious infection. People hospitalized for HIV/AIDS or the liver infection hepatitis showed the highest risk – more than twice that of people without those diseases, the study found. Although the study couldn't prove a cause-and-effect link, the study authors and at least one other brain health expert think the increased risk of suicide after infection might not simply reflect the psychological impact of serious illness. Instead, infections might directly contribute to suicide risk by causing inflammation in the ... Read more

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Hepatitis C Now Leading Infectious Disease Killer in U.S.

Posted 4 May 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 – The number of hepatitis C-linked deaths in the United States reached a record high in 2014, and the virus now kills more Americans than any other infectious disease, health officials report. There were 19,659 hepatitis C-related deaths in 2014, according to preliminary data from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those tragically high numbers aren't necessary, one CDC expert said. "Why are so many Americans dying of this preventable, curable disease? Once hepatitis C testing and treatment are as routine as they are for high cholesterol and colon cancer, we will see people living the long, healthy lives they deserve," said Dr. Jonathan Mermin said in an agency news release. He directs the CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. If not diagnosed and treated, people with hepatitis C are at increased risk for liver ... Read more

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Hepatitis C Drugs Will 'Strain Budgets' at Current Prices: Study

Posted 16 Mar 2015 by

MONDAY, March 16, 2015 – New hepatitis C drugs promise cure rates above 90 percent, but could prove to be budget-busters for public and private health insurers, a new analysis finds. Recently approved drugs for chronic hepatitis C have been heralded as a breakthrough that could make the liver disease "rare" in the United States. But with prices topping $1,000 per pill, government and private insurers are balking – often putting limits on which patients qualify for coverage. Now two new studies in the March 16 Annals of Internal Medicine conclude that for individual patients, treatment with the pricey pills is "cost-effective." That's a calculation that takes into account the years of better health and quality of life people will likely enjoy. The bad news? One study estimates that state governments and insurers will have to dig up an extra $65 billion over five years to get the drugs ... Read more

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Chinese Researchers Report Successful Hepatitis E Vaccine

Posted 4 Mar 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 – A new vaccine for hepatitis E provides protection from the virus for at least 4.5 years, according to Chinese researchers. Although hepatitis E is relatively rare in the United States, it's a leading cause of serious liver problems in the developing world. Hepatitis E is spread through contaminated water and through person-to-person contact, the researchers said. "The hepatitis E vaccine was licensed in China in 2011 and is the only hepatitis E vaccine in the world," said lead researcher Dr. Ning-Shao Xia, a professor in the department of biology at Xiamen University. What hasn't been known is how long the vaccine continues to offer protection against hepatitis E, the researchers said. "Hepatitis E is one of the most common causes of acute hepatitis. Outbreaks occur now and then in areas with poor sanitation. Hepatitis E is the most life-threatening disease ... Read more

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Smoking Tied to Risk for Hepatitis Return After Liver Transplant

Posted 27 Jul 2012 by

FRIDAY, July 27 – Current or previous smoking may increase the risk of hepatitis reinfection in people who have a liver transplant due to viral hepatitis, a new study suggests. This may be because tobacco in cigarettes lowers their immune system response, according to Dr. Mamatha Bhat, of McGill University in Montreal, and colleagues. For the study, the investigators analyzed data from 444 transplants conducted at the McGill University Health Center between 1990 and 2004. They found that the average "viral hepatitis-free survival time" was less than one year for smokers and more than four years for nonsmokers. The study was published in the July issue of the journal Liver Transplantation. "Our findings suggest that recurrence of viral hepatitis may be more frequent among liver transplant recipients who are active or former smokers," Bhat said in a journal news release. Encouraging ... Read more

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