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Grazoprevir plus elbasvir effectively treats acute hepatitis C infection

Treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) with grazoprevir plus elbasvir is effective in the acute phase of infection and therefore should be used in patients at high risk for HCV…

Study recommends reconsidering hepatitis A vaccination protocol to prevent a vaccine-resistant virus

Researchers of the University of Barcelona (UB) have used massive sequencing techniques with samples from patients to determine the evolution of the hepatitis A virus. The results, published in the…

Low testosterone persists after HCV clearance

Low levels of free testosterone are common among men with chronic hepatitis C infection following SVR and persist after HCV clearance, according to findings from a prospective, longitudinal cohort study.…

ALT flares in HBV low, linked to seroconversion in untreated patients

Among patients with chronic hepatitis B, the cumulative incidence of severe alanine aminotransferase flares was low and correlated with decreased HBV DNA levels and loss of HBV e-antigen, according to…

Tackling HIV and hepatitis C in Europe: towards minimum standards

Despite the huge disparities in care that were highlighted, last week's Standard of Care for HIV and Coinfections in Europe meeting in Bucharest featured discussions that could form the basis of…

Sustained Virological Response to HCV Therapy Improves Outcomes for Patients With Diabetes

For patients with type 2 diabetes and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, successful HCV treatment significantly reduces the risk for acute coronary syndrome, end-stage renal disease, ischemic stroke, and retinopathy,…

Hepatitis C cure does not improve glucose control in type 2 diabetes

A successful response to HCV therapy does not result in long-term improvements in glucose metabolism for patients with type-2 diabetes, according to US research published in Liver International. A sustained…

Non-characterized nodules linked to early HCC following DAA therapy

Patients undergoing direct-acting antiviral therapy for hepatitis C who had non-characterized liver nodules had a higher risk for hepatocellular carcinoma within a short follow-up time than other patients, according to…

Pregnant patients with HBV may be assessed via HBV total RNA

In pregnant patients with chronic hepatitis B, hepatitis B virus (HBV) total RNA may help monitor liver disease and viral replication during pregnancy, according to results published in the Journal of…

Many Patients Are Unwilling to Accept Transplantation of an HCV-Positive Organ

The availability of organs that are positive for hepatitis C virus (HCV) can potentially decrease the length of time on organ transplantation waitlists and increase organ availability, but most patients…