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Hepatitis A outbreaks mostly affecting MSM – European Region and the Americas

7 June 2017 - Between June 2016 and mid-May 2017, an unusual increase in cases of hepatitis A affecting mainly men who have sex with men (MSM) has been reported…

WHO warns hepatitis A outbreak may be exacerbated by gay pride season

An outbreak of hepatitis A has spread over the past year among gay men in Europe, the United States and Chile, and upcoming gay pride events and a vaccine shortage…

Swiss bend rules to provide patients with affordable hepatitis C treatment

For a rich country that is a global hub for pharma companies, Switzerland is going to extraordinary lengths to avoid Hepatitis C patients having to pay for pricey drugs. Despite…

Six-question risk score can identify HIV-positive gay men needing testing for acute hepatitis C

Six questions can identify HIV-positive gay men who are at elevated risk of having acute (recent) hepatitis C infection and who would benefit from further testing, according to a paper…

Hepatitis C virus infection: A risk factor for type 2 diabetes?

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a widespread condition that affects up to 170 million people worldwide, or 3% of the global population. Liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma are well-known…

Zinc may hold key to fighting liver disease

New research from the Westmead Institute’s Storr Liver Centre in collaboration with the Centre for Virus Research and Kirby Institute has shown that serum zinc may benefit liver disease in…

Navigating the hep C treatment and cancer risk minefield

AMSTERDAM — Contradictory findings are driving disagreement over whether patients cured of hepatitis C after treatment with direct-acting antivirals should be monitored for hepatocellular carcinoma. A flashpoint in the controversy was…

New drug reduces transplant and mortality rates significantly in patients with hepatitis C, study finds

Patients with hepatitis C who suffer from advanced stages of liver disease have renewed hope, thanks to findings by researchers who have discovered that a new drug significantly reduces their…

Insulin resistance in patients with HBV linked to increase risk for HCC

A retrospective study revealed an association between insulin resistance assessed by homeostasis model assessment index, or HOMA2-IR, and an increased risk for hepatocellular carcinoma in patients with chronic hepatitis B.…

Gaps in hepatitis testing and monitoring programmes across the EU/EEA: ECDC survey

The survey results suggest a wide variation in existing national testing policy and practice when it comes to hepatitis B and C – with overall limited monitoring of testing, diagnosis,…