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Lack of Awareness May Spur Spread of Hep C

Posted 1 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

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, cirrhosis and liver cancer and led to about 23,000 deaths in the United States in 2016 – a toll that's rising every year, according to the data gathered by researchers with the Polaris Observatory and the Center for Disease Analysis Foundation in Colorado. Currently, the number of hepatitis C deaths in the United States each year is greater than the number of HIV-related deaths. Since 2012, hepatitis C deaths have outnumbered deaths from all other reportable infectious diseases combined, the ... Read more

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Hepatitis C Screening May Boost Opioid Treatment Success

Posted 20 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

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 liver failure, the researchers said. "Our study showed awareness of HCV infection among this particular population may motivate them to reduce their consumption and hopefully high-risk behavior," said lead investigator Dr. Hooman Farhang Zangneh, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Toronto Centre for Liver Disease at Toronto General Hospital. The primary cause of hepatitis C transmission is infected blood, which is often transmitted through needle sharing to inject drugs. The study included ... Read more

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

Posted 7 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

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 conducted the study. About 41,000 new cases of liver cancer and 29,000 deaths from the disease are projected in the United States this year, the cancer society said. Liver cancer is now the fifth-leading cause of cancer death in men and the eighth-leading cause in women. About 1 percent of people will be diagnosed with the disease during their lives. Only 1 in 5 survives five years after diagnosis, said the researchers led by Dr. Farhad Islami. Islami is strategic director of cancer surveillance ... Read more

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

Posted 21 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

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 Hagstrom, of the Center for Digestive Diseases at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm. A liver specialist in the United States agreed. "This should be a wake-up call for young men to take their weight seriously and take steps to stay in shape to hopefully prevent liver disease, diabetes and liver cancer in the future," said Dr. David Bernstein, chief of hepatology at Northwell Health in Manhasset, NY. He explained that obesity is linked to the development of a condition called non-alcoholic ... Read more

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U.S. Vaccine Guidelines for Flu, HPV Updated

Posted 7 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 – Roll up your sleeves, America. A national advisory panel of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its 2017 advisory for recommended shots affecting adults. This year's advisory revises guidance on seasonal flu shots by eliminating nasal flu vaccines and modifying flu-shot advice for people with egg allergy. It also tweaks recommendations for vaccines against human papillomavirus (HPV), hepatitis B and meningococcal disease. Doctors use the annually updated vaccine schedule to ensure that patients receive the right vaccines for their age, medical condition and other risk factors. The entire list includes 13 vaccinations. "All adults need immunizations to help them prevent getting and spreading serious disease that could result in poor health, missed work, medical bills, and not being able to care for family," said the report's lead ... Read more

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Even One High-Fat Meal Can Harm Your Liver, Study Finds

Posted 24 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 – Eating a high-fat meal – say, a cheeseburger and fries or a pepperoni pizza – disrupts liver function, a new, small study reveals. Researchers found that the high levels of saturated fat found in such rich foods immediately alter the work of the liver, possibly setting the body up for serious disease down the line. "The effects mimic the abnormalities seen in people with severe metabolic disease," said study co-author Dr. Michael Roden, referring to conditions like fatty liver disease and cirrhosis. "Our findings paint the picture of the earliest changes in liver metabolism leading to fatty liver diseases and liver cirrhosis in the context of obesity and type 2 diabetes," said Roden. He's scientific director of the German Diabetes Center at Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf. How long these metabolic alterations last after people indulge in a rich meal ... Read more

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

Posted 11 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

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 believe that the advent of a powerful new vaccine and medicines could help drastically lower hepatitis B and C rates across the country. Still, to reach that goal will take time and considerable resources, the report said. "Ending illness and deaths from hepatitis C depends on both stopping the disease's progression in its early stages and reversing the course of advanced disease," the committee said in a news release. According to the report, between 700,000 and 1.4 million Americans have ... Read more

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More People Surviving Sudden Liver Failure

Posted 4 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 4, 2016 – The chances of surviving acute liver failure have improved significantly over the past 16 years, a new study finds. In fact, 21-day patient survival increased from about 59 percent in 1998 to 75 percent in 2013, researchers found. Better diagnosis and treatment may account for this advance, they said. "Overall survival and transplant-free survival have improved, while the number of patients requiring transplantation has declined," said lead researcher Dr. William Lee, a liver specialist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Acute liver failure, though rare, affects young people and is often fatal, he said. "It involves the rapid destruction of liver cells by either drugs or viruses, such as hepatitis A or B, resulting in loss of consciousness and failure of multiple organ systems," Lee said. The main cause of acute liver failure in ... Read more

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U.S. Cancer Death Rate Continues to Fall

Posted 9 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 – Overall rates of cancer and deaths from cancer in the United States continue to decline, a newly released report says. However, an increase in liver cancer deaths is cause for concern, the report authors noted. An increase in hepatitis C infections is likely a major reason for the increase, they said. "The latest data show many cancer prevention programs are working and saving lives," Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a news release from the organizations that issued the report. "But the growing burden of liver cancer is troublesome. We need to do more work promoting hepatitis testing, treatment, and vaccination," Frieden added. The Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer is released each year by the American Cancer Society, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer ... Read more

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Screening Inmates for Hepatitis C Benefits General Community: Study

Posted 23 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

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 study senior author Jagpreet Chhatwal, of Massachusetts General Hospital's Institute for Technology Assessment in Boston. "We now have highly effective treatments for [hepatitis C], so we wanted to know the impact of providing routine testing and treatment to inmates, a group in which the infection is highly prevalent," Chhatwal said in a hospital news release. More than 1 percent of the U.S. population has hepatitis C, but the virus affects more than 17 percent of prisoners, the researchers ... Read more

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Charges Filed Against Makers of Nutritional Supplements

Posted 18 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 18, 2015 – Criminal charges and civil injunctions have been filed against 117 makers and/or distributors of potentially dangerous dietary supplements, U.S. government agencies announced Tuesday. One of the targets of the investigation – conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Justice and other federal agencies – was USPlabs LLC of Dallas, which sold popular workout and weight loss supplements. The government says USPlabs and its executives claimed to use natural plant extracts in products called Jack3d and OxyElite Pro. However, they actually used a synthetic stimulant made in a Chinese chemical factory and knew of studies that linked these products to liver toxicity, the government said. In October 2013, USPlabs said it would stop distribution of OxyElite Pro because it had been linked to an outbreak of liver damage. However, the company ... Read more

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Substance Abuse, Suicide Killing More White, Middle-Aged Americans: Report

Posted 2 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 – A largely unnoticed "epidemic" is killing white, middle-aged Americans in growing numbers, a new analysis reveals. Princeton University researchers report that the overall death rate of white adults in midlife has risen sharply over the past 15 years, largely because of drug and alcohol overdoses, suicide, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis of the liver. The tally is on par with the nation's AIDS deaths, they added. "We sort of fell off our chairs when we saw that in the data, because that's just not what's happening elsewhere," said study author Anne Case, a professor of economics and public affairs. No other industrialized nation has experienced a similar deterioration in health during the timeframe studied – 1999 to 2013, the researchers said in background notes. Meanwhile, death rates of U.S. Hispanics and blacks continue to plummet. Results of the ... Read more

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Tough Alcohol Policies Linked to Lower Death Rates From Liver Damage

Posted 15 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 15, 2015 – States with strong alcohol control policies have lower death rates connected to alcohol-related liver damage, a new study finds. Researchers gave states scores based on their alcohol control policies, such as taxes, retail price restrictions and hours-of-sale limits. The stronger the policies, the higher the score. A 10-point increase in the score was associated with 9 percent fewer alcoholic cirrhosis deaths among all women, the investigators found. Chronic alcohol abuse can lead to cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver. When American Indian/Alaska Natives were not included, a 10-point increase in a state's alcohol policy score was associated with 11 percent fewer deaths in both sexes, and 18 percent fewer alcoholic cirrhosis deaths among women alone, the findings showed. The strongest link between alcohol policies and alcoholic cirrhosis death rates was in the ... Read more

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Liver Damage From Hepatitis C More Widespread Than Thought

Posted 27 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 – Severe liver damage may be four times more common among Americans with the liver infection hepatitis C than previously believed, a new study suggests. Analyzing nearly 9,800 patients with hepatitis C, researchers learned that using a biopsy alone to reveal liver cirrhosis – indicating scarring in the organ – is likely to seriously underestimate its prevalence. The recent emergence of medications that can cure hepatitis C, a "silent killer" that often goes undetected until advanced disease sets in years later, adds weight to the new findings, doctors said. "We thought it would be important to provide the health care community with some estimate as to the severity of liver disease among patients with hepatitis C because it's a question that comes up very frequently: Just how sick is this community?" said study author Dr. Stuart Gordon, director of hepatology ... Read more

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U.S. Hispanics Face Unique Health Challenges, CDC Says

Posted 5 May 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 5, 2015 – Hispanics in the United States carry very different health risks than whites and face a tougher time getting needed medical care, according to a new federal report. Similar to whites, the two leading causes of death among Hispanics are heart disease and cancer, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found in its first national study of Hispanic health issues. But Hispanics are much more likely than whites to die from diabetes, homicide, or chronic liver disease and cirrhosis, the CDC researchers found. They also are more likely to be obese. The good news is that Hispanics have an overall 24 percent lower death rate than whites, as well as lower death rates for nine of the 15 leading causes of death. These include cancer, heart disease, injuries, stroke, respiratory disease, Alzheimer's disease and suicide. This phenomenon is known as the "Hispanic ... Read more

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