A government proposal that all baby boomers get tested
for hepatitis C may be drawing high praise for its potential health
benefits, but it’s also raising questions about the unintended
consequences of screening for those seeking insurance.
in health insurance, life insurance and long-term care insurance warn
that boomers who test positive for the blood-borne virus before being
approved may dash their chances for coverage.
Profound suppression of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) reduces long-term hepatic inflammation and fibrosis even in patients who do not achieve a sustained virologic response (SVR), research demonstrates.
Among patients who did not respond to peginterferon/ribavirin therapy, the level of HCV RNA suppression achieved was associated with the likelihood of achieving a 2-point or greater improvement in Ishak hepatic activity index (HAI) scores for hepatic inflammation 1.5 (n=657) and 3.5 (n=516) years after treatment, report Chihiro Morishima (University of Washington, Seattle, USA) and co-authors.
[Article: The American Journal of Gastroenterology (12 June 2012) | doi:10.1038/ajg.2012.137
“Reduction in Hepatic Inflammation Is Associated With Less Fibrosis Progression and Fewer Clinical Outcomes in Advanced Hepatitis C.”
Co-infection with HIV and hepatitis C is
associated with an increased risk of hip fracture, US investigators report in Hepatology. Hepatitis C monoinfection
also increased the risk of this type of fracture. The authors suggest that this
elevation in the risk of fracture could be caused by the inflammatory effects
of these infections, but they also think that social and lifestyle factors are
likely to be important contributory factors.
“Additional research is needed to determine
the mechanisms by which chronic HCV [hepatitis C virus] and HCV/HIC
co-infection affect bone mineral density and fracture incidence,” write the
(Reuters Health) – A “medical food” sold as an arthritis treatment may have caused four cases of temporary liver damage, researchers reported Monday.
The product in question is called flavocoxid, sold under the brand-name Limbrel. It’s a mix of plant compounds called flavonoids, including catechins — substances best known as components of green tea.
Limbrel is considered a medical food, which makes it different from a dietary supplement. It is available by prescription only, to treat osteoarthritis — the common, “wear-and-tear” form of arthritis caused by cartilage breakdown in the joints.
LA JOLLA, CA – Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute have shown a single protein can make the difference between an infection clearing out of the body or persisting for life. The results also show where the defects occur in the immune system without the protein and offer the possibility that targeting this signaling pathway could be beneficial for treatment of persistent viral infections in humans.
Currently hundreds of millions of people around the world are afflicted with persistent viral infections such as HIV, HCV, and HBV.
The new study is published in the June 14, 2012 issue of the journal Cell Host & Microbe.
In medicine, it’s known as a “never” event — something that’s never supposed to occur in a health care facility.
in six cases in other states over the past two decades, patients were
infected with hepatitis C because a health care worker who had the virus
passed it on, according to Dr. Joseph Perz, an epidemiologist for the
national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga.
And five of those outbreaks involved employees who were stealing narcotics, he said.