Posts tagged hep c

Inky: A boomer balancing act: Treat hepatitis C now, or wait?

A second hep C article in the Inquirer this June - it’s great to see more local awareness being raised about this health issue! 

All baby boomers should be tested at least once for the liver-destroying hepatitis C virus, according to proposed guidelines from U.S. health officials released on Friday.
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Co-infection with hepatitis C increases the risk of death for patients with AIDS by 50%, according to the results of a large study published in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases. A fifth of these deaths were attributable to liver-related causes, five times the rate seen in people with AIDS who were not co-infected.

The investigators also found that a third of co-infected patients were unaware of their hepatitis C infection.

Hepatitis C a latent legacy of baby boomers’ youth 
The number of baby boomers dying from a “silent epidemic” of hepatitis C infections is increasing so rapidly that federal officials are planning a new nationwide push for widespread testing.
(via latimes.com)

Hepatitis C a latent legacy of baby boomers’ youth

The number of baby boomers dying from a “silent epidemic” of hepatitis C infections is increasing so rapidly that federal officials are planning a new nationwide push for widespread testing.

(via latimes.com)

EASL 2012 Highlights

Hepatitis Magazine’s coverage from the 47th Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of the Liver can be found here

LA Times: Don't use boceprevir and ritonavir together, FDA says.

The Food and Drug Administration warned Friday that doctors should not prescribe and patients should not use the hepatitis C drug Victrelis (boceprevir) and the anti-HIV drug ritonavir at the same time because such use reduces the effectiveness of both drugs.

Read more here. 

Hepatitis in the News: Drug Collaboration Lags on Hepatitis Treatment (NYT)

“‘The only appropriate motivation should be what is the best and fastest way to get cures, not what is best for the shareholders,’ said Dr. Scott Friedman, chief of liver diseases at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York…” Read more here

I’ve recently heard hepatitis C mentioned on NBC’s Up All Night, 30 Rock, and Saturday Night Live.  Now, even the CW’s tween hit, Gossip Girl, has got in on the action.  Is it good to have hepatitis C referenced in pop culture?  Can this be seen as “awareness raising” on the part of TV networks or is it further stigmatizing the disease by turning it into a joke?  (via Gossip Girl Bad Boy Jack Bass Has Hepatitis C - The Hep Staff)