Today is World Hepatitis
Day and it brings good news and bad news. The bad news is that hepatitis
is still a serious condition which affects nearly 400,000 Australians
putting them on a course to serious liver disease. “The good news is
that treatment is now less invasive, of shorter duration, much more
effective—and diagnosis doesn’t involve humongous needles,” says Dr Nick
Shackel from the Centenary Institute.
With hepatitis C, he says, the problem is that although, “you are more
likely to die with the virus, not from the virus” we still cannot
predict those people who will do badly.
His research into the genes that are triggered when hepatitis strikes,
should improve things further by allowing better and earlier
understanding of the likely course of the disease in individual