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14 May
Is Rise in Liver Damage Tied to More Drinking During Lockdowns?

Is Rise in Liver Damage Tied to More Drinking During Lockdowns?

Many people drank more to cope with the stress of the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions it placed on daily life, and now a new study suggests that all of this drinking is causing a serious spike in alcohol-related diseases.

"Incidence of hospitalizations for alco...

25 Feb
Why Is Liver Cancer More Lethal for Black Patients?

Why Is Liver Cancer More Lethal for Black Patients?

Black people with hepatitis C develop liver cancer sooner than people in other racial groups and the cancer is often more aggressive, but current screening guidelines may not be broad enough to catch these cases early, according to a new study.

Why? Despite often being m...

04 Feb
Vaccines Saved 37 Million Lives, Mostly Children, Over Past Two Decades

Vaccines Saved 37 Million Lives, Mostly Children, Over Past Two Decades

They're medical miracles: A new report finds that vaccines against 10 major diseases prevented 37 million deaths between 2000 and 2019 in low- and middle-income countries worldwide, with young children benefiting most.

Vaccinations are also projected to prevent a total o...

08 Sep
New Approach Allows Safe Transplant of Kidneys Tainted by Hepatitis C

New Approach Allows Safe Transplant of Kidneys Tainted by Hepatitis C

New hepatitis C medications are allowing people to receive a kidney transplant from a deceased donor who had the liver disease -- a strategy aimed at getting more lifesaving organs to patients languishing on waitlists.

Two new studies are highlighting the promise of ...

16 Jun
New Blood Test May Improve Liver Cancer Screening

New Blood Test May Improve Liver Cancer Screening

An experimental blood test may improve screening for the most common form of liver cancer, researchers at the U.S. National Cancer Institute say.

The test checks people for previous exposure to certain viruses that may interact with the immune system and increase the...

11 Mar
For People With Hepatitis, Daily Aspirin Might Lower Liver Cancer Risk

For People With Hepatitis, Daily Aspirin Might Lower Liver Cancer Risk

People with hepatitis B or C are at greater risk for liver cancer, but a low-dose aspirin a day might significantly lower that risk, a new study suggests.

Over a median of nearly eight years of follow-up, 4% of those taking low-dose aspirin developed liver cance...

02 Mar
Every American Adult Should Be Tested for Hepatitis C: Task Force

Every American Adult Should Be Tested for Hepatitis C: Task Force

Every adult in the United States should be tested for hepatitis C as part of their basic health care, an influential panel of preventive medical experts says.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force now recommends that screening for hepatitis C infection occurs in ev...

18 Feb
Measles Complications Can Affect Every Organ: Study

Measles Complications Can Affect Every Organ: Study

Hepatitis, appendicitis and viral meningitis are among the serious complications that can occur when you get the measles, doctors warn in a new report.

The study -- which outlines cases involving three adults who developed major complications -- is also a reminder of...

13 Jan
Heart Transplants From Donors With Hepatitis C May Be Safe: Study

Heart Transplants From Donors With Hepatitis C May Be Safe: Study

One-year survival rates are similar for transplant patients who receive a heart from a donor with hepatitis C or one without the infectious virus, a new study finds.

The researchers suggest that using hearts from donors with hepatitis C, a viral infection of the live...

19 Nov
As Disease Outbreaks Tied to 'Anti-Vaxxers' Rise, States Take Action

As Disease Outbreaks Tied to 'Anti-Vaxxers' Rise, States Take Action

Outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases are on the across rise in the United States, often fueled by "anti-vaxxer" parents reluctant to immunize their kids.

However, states are countering these trends with laws to boost childhood vaccination rates and safeguard chi...

12 Sep
Kidney Transplants Safe When Donors Had Hepatitis C

Kidney Transplants Safe When Donors Had Hepatitis C

Kidneys from donors with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) are routinely used in kidney transplants in the United States and function well in the first year after transplantation, a new study says.

The findings provide reassurance that the use of HCV-infected kidneys for t...

29 Aug
FDA Warns of Liver Problems for Some Taking Hep C Drugs

FDA Warns of Liver Problems for Some Taking Hep C Drugs

Taking the hepatitis C drugs Mavyret, Zepatier or Vosevi can trigger rare cases of severe liver problems or liver failure in patients who already have moderate-to-severe liver impairment, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Wednesday.

The agency has identifi...

27 Aug
Test All U.S. Adults for Hepatitis C, Expert Panel Says

Test All U.S. Adults for Hepatitis C, Expert Panel Says

Hepatitis C infection rates have exploded in the United States, more than tripling over the past decade.

Because of this, routine screening for hepatitis C -- which can destroy the liver over time -- should occur in all American adults, a key government panel recomme...

07 Aug
Vulnerable Preemie Babies Often Behind On Vaccines

Vulnerable Preemie Babies Often Behind On Vaccines

Preemies often lag behind full-term babies in getting routine vaccinations -- and the difference remains at age 3, a new study finds.

Misguided parental "hesitancy" over the safety of vaccines for preemies might be to blame, researchers said.

The study foun...

23 Jul
Screen Every Pregnant Woman for Hep B: Task Force

Screen Every Pregnant Woman for Hep B: Task Force

All pregnant women should be screened early for hepatitis B, to prevent the viral infection from being passed to newborns.

So says the latest guideline from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

"Clinicians can help mothers and their babies by screening ...

09 May
Hepatitis A Infections Soaring: CDC

Hepatitis A Infections Soaring: CDC

The number of Americans infected with hepatitis A has grown nearly 300% in just three years, health officials reported Thursday.

The staggering increase has come despite an effective vaccine and is seen mostly among drug abusers and the homeless, according to the...

03 Apr
Lungs, Hearts Infected With Hepatitis C Still OK for Transplant

Lungs, Hearts Infected With Hepatitis C Still OK for Transplant

Patients in dire need of an organ transplant can safely receive a new heart or lung from donors who have hepatitis C, a new clinical trial has shown.

By swiftly administering powerful antiviral drugs, doctors can prevent the organ recipient from contracting hepatitis...

12 Feb
Study Reaffirms Safety of Hepatitis C Meds in Liver Cancer Patients

Study Reaffirms Safety of Hepatitis C Meds in Liver Cancer Patients

It's safe to use antiviral drugs to treat hepatitis C in liver cancer survivors, a new study reports.

The findings contradict previous research suggesting that antiviral drugs might increase these patients' risk of liver cancer recurrence.

That prior resear...

12 Feb
New Hepatitis Meds Are Saving Lives: Study

New Hepatitis Meds Are Saving Lives: Study

New (and pricey) hepatitis C medicines, such as Harvoni and Sovaldi, are living up to their promise and greatly reducing patients' odds for liver cancer and death, a new French study finds.

The news came as little surprise to one U.S. liver expert.

The adve...

06 Feb
Opioid OD Deaths Are Saving Lives Through Transplantation

Opioid OD Deaths Are Saving Lives Through Transplantation

More than 70,000 lives were lost to drug overdoses in the United States in 2017. Now, some of those touched by these tragedies might take a little comfort knowing their loved one's heart helped save a life.

Nearly 18 percent of hearts recovered for organ transplant i...

04 Feb
Making OxyContin 'Tamper Proof' Helped Spread Hepatitis C

Making OxyContin 'Tamper Proof' Helped Spread Hepatitis C

An effort to make the opioid painkiller OxyContin harder to abuse drove addicted patients to heroin and caused a dramatic increase in hepatitis C, a new study suggests.

In a classic case of unintended consequences, Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma reformulated its po...

29 Jan
Big Gains Against Hep C Possible With Big Investment

Big Gains Against Hep C Possible With Big Investment

Millions of hepatitis C cases and related deaths could be prevented, but it will require a significant investment, researchers say.

In the first study to model such measures worldwide, the authors concluded that sweeping prevention, screening and treatment efforts co...

25 Jan
Many Cancer Patients Have Undiagnosed Hepatitis

Many Cancer Patients Have Undiagnosed Hepatitis

A large number of U.S. cancer patients with hepatitis B and C don't know they have the virus, which can cause life-threatening complications during some cancer treatments, researchers say.

The findings suggest screening for hepatitis B and C may be appropriate in com...

24 Jan
As Opioid Crisis Continues, More Donor Organs Carry Hepatitis C

As Opioid Crisis Continues, More Donor Organs Carry Hepatitis C

Add another hardship to the many already triggered by the opioid epidemic: More donated organs infected with the hepatitis C virus.

"The ongoing U.S. opioid crisis has resulted in an increase in drug overdose deaths and acute hepatitis C virus infections, with young ...

23 Jan
Liver Transplants Tied to Alcohol Use Doubled Since 2002

Liver Transplants Tied to Alcohol Use Doubled Since 2002

The percentage of U.S. liver transplant recipients with alcohol-associated liver disease (ALD) doubled over 15 years, but significant regional variations remain, a new study finds.

ALD has replaced hepatitis C as the most common reason for U.S. liver transplants. One...

03 Jan
Hepatitis C Screening Can Help Prevent Liver Disease

Hepatitis C Screening Can Help Prevent Liver Disease

Infection with the hepatitis C virus can cause liver disease and even liver cancer. But once found, the virus can be cured, so screening is vital for those at risk, health experts say.

For hepatitis A and B, preventive vaccines exist, but there is none for hepatitis ...

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