August 30, 2012
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Greetings:

 

In this week's eblast we have the following items newly posted to our websites:

1. September 2012 HCV Advocate

In This Issue:

  • CDC:–Test Baby Boomers by Alan Franciscus, Editor-in-Chief.  Read about the final recommendations that could save over 100,000 lives.

  • HCV Snapshots by Lucinda K. Porter, RN - featured snapshots include Vitamin B12 Supplementation Improves Rates of Sustained Viral Response in Patients Chronically Infected with Hepatitis C Virus; Can Zinc Enhance Response to Interferon Therapy For Patients With HCV-Related Liver Disease?; and Effect of Silymarin (Milk Thistle) on Liver Disease in Patients with Chronic Hepatitis C Unsuccessfully Treated with Interferon Therapy.

  • HealthWise: - Hepatitis C Treatment Tips from Patients by Lucinda K. Porter, RN - patients make the best experts!  Read some tips for getting through treatment. 

  • HCV and Coinfection Updates from the International AIDS Conference by Liz Highleyman  - Liz reviews some of the conference highlights from one of the most important conferences on HIV with information about HCV and HIV/HCV coinfection.

  • The Waiting Game by Alan Franciscus, Editor-in-Chief- the article will (hopefully) present some issues that should be addressed if someone is thinking of treatment now or waiting for newer therapies.  

     

2. HBV Journal Review by Christine Kukka – in this month's Review Chris discusses the following news and journal items:

  • Even Insured Adults with Access to Quality Care Aren’t Screened for Hepatitis

  • Despite Immunizations, 28% of Children Born to HBV-Infected Mothers Have “Occult" Infections

  • Despite Childhood Immunizations, Adult HBV Infections Slowly Increase after Adolescence

  • Tattoo Ink Linked to Infection Outbreaks Across the U.S.

  • Foreign-Born Asian-Americans Have Higher HBV Infection Rates than U.S.-Born

  • Asian Ethnicity Does Not Increase Risk of Liver Cancer

  • Fatty Liver Helps Patients Clear HBsAg, But at a Cost to Liver Health

  • Men with Hepatitis B at Higher Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

  • Sleeping Less Than Six Hours Nightly May Lower Vaccine’s Effectiveness

  • Excessive Alcohol Use Lessens Entecavir’s Ability to Lower ALT in Patients

  • Interferon Spurs HBeAg Seroconversion, but Entecavir Achieves Undetectable Viral Load

3. Factsheets and Guideswe continue to update our fact sheets and guides. 

Check them out here

 

4. Training ScheduleDon’t forget to keep checking our Upcoming Training Workshop Schedules to see if we will be in your neighborhood soon!

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Don’t forget that there is help as close as a phone call – the 877-HELP-4-HEP line (877-435-7443) is available 9:00am to 7:00pm Eastern Time.  For more information about the services they offer either call or visit their Website at www.help4hep.org  The helpline is run by The Support Partnership:  a group of non-profits working together to help people affected by hepatitis C. 

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5. Top News (Blog) from the hepatitis blog includes: 

Theatre to raise awareness of Hepatitis C
August 29

Achillion Deal Looming as Hepatitis Drugs Fail: Real M&A
August 29

Why Boomers Should Get Tested FactSheet from the CDC
August 28

Vt. baby boomers urged to test for hepatitis C
August 27

Idenix Pharma (IDIX) Says Clinical Hold Placed on IDX19368 by FDA
August 27

Hepatitis C-The "Diabetes-Curious" and Self Inkers/Piercers at Risk
August 26

Former gallery owner fights hepatitis C in Sacramento amid calls for widespread testing
August 26

NH hospital workers urged to get tested following hepatitis C outbreak blamed on lab worker
August 25

Bristol-Myers Squibb Discontinues Development of BMS-986094, an Investigational NS5B Nucleotide for the Treatment of Hepatitis C
August 23

All Nelson area boomers encouraged to test for hepatitis C
August 23

Kansas: Third Hays patient tests positive for Hep C
August 23

"Pharma Greed Kills!": AIDS Activists Take On Hepatitis C
August 23

Australia: PBS decision on Hepatitis C drugs looms
August 23

Response to HCV Therapy Lowers Non-Liver HIV Progression, Death
August 23

Tattoo Inks Pose Health Risks
August 23

More than 60 test positive for hepatitis, but state finds no link to Dean Clinic incident
August 22

CDC Urges Molecular Testing as Follow Up for Positive HCV Antibody Test Result
August 22

The Register editorial: Hepatitis C shows value of health law
August 21

FDA: Reumofan Products Pose Risk to Consumers
August 21

Hepatitis C test for baby boomers saves lives
August 21

Maui AIDS Foundation Helps with New Hep C Recommendations
August 21

Testing the limits
August 20

Infections Among Homeless Could Fuel Wider Epidemics, Study Suggests
August 20

 and much, much more…..

 

Sincerely,

Alan

Alan Franciscus
Executive Director, Hepatitis C Support Project
Editor-in-Chief, HCV Advocate www.hcvadvocate.org
Editor-in-Chief, HBV Advocate www.hbvadvocate.org

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