The public health department is set to conduct screening programs to curb the spread of hepatitis C in China.
High-risk populations to be screened first in pilot areas include men
who have sex with men, injection drug users and dialysis patients, a
senior liver disease specialist said.
Wei Lai, president of the Chinese Society of Liver Diseases of the
Chinese Medical Association, made the remarks at the 2014 Hepatitis C
Prevention and Treatment Forum held by the Chinese Association of STD
and AIDS Prevention and Control on Tuesday.
The UK is making
progress in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV),
a new report published by Public Health England (PHE) shows. Findings of Hepatitis C in the UK: 2013 Report show
prevention initiatives targeted at high-risk groups are making headway
that laboratory confirmed diagnoses of HCV increased by a third in
between 2010 and 2012. However, much remains to be done. Only 3% of
people with HCV in England receive potentially curative treatment in any
one year and many individuals remain unaware that they have the virus.
“It is…vital to
raise awareness about this condition so that more individuals are diagnosed and
treated,” said Dr Helen Harris, a specialist in hepatitis at PHE. “Numbers of
hepatitis C-related end-stage liver disease and liver cancer patients could be
substantially reduced by increasing access to treatment.”
Only 11 percent of the 79 million Americans with prediabetes aware they have the condition
This is article is not directly related to HCV although it has been
well-documented that the hepatitis C virus causes insulin resistance (a
precursor to diabetes). Because of the link to HCV and the number of people
with HCV who also have diabetes it is important that everyone with HCV
should be evaluated by their medical provider for diabetes –Alan
THURSDAY, March 21 (HealthDay News) — Only 11 percent of the
estimated 79 million Americans who are at risk for diabetes know they
are at risk, federal health officials reported Thursday.
The condition, known as prediabetes, describes
higher-than-normal blood sugar levels that put people in danger of
developing diabetes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control
Feb. 3, 2013 – EDGEWOOD, Ky. (AP) — Statistics show cases of hepatitis C have exploded in northern Kentucky.
Due to the increase, the Independent Health Department District is offering free testing to anyone concerned about the chronic blood-borne disease that affects the liver. In addition, the department is encouraging high-risk groups to get tested.
The Kentucky Enquirer (http://bit.ly/YEXCR3) reports the area had 23 cases of acute hepatitis C in 2010, 42 in 2011 and 44 in 2012. Officials have said the heroin epidemic in the area is likely a factor in the increase.