A new study shows that even those with damaged livers can have normal lifespans after being cured of hepatitis C.
And…..a Michigan senator has
introduced legislation in his statehouse making it a felony not to tell a
sexual partner that you are infected with hepatitis C, moving to criminalize a
disease many cannot afford to cure.
Sen. Roger Kahn, R-Saginaw, told Healthline that his
legislation is necessary because the cost of medications to cure hepatitis C has
the potential to cripple the state’s finances.
Liver transplant recipients with HCV and lymphopenia had poorer
survival and a greater risk for recurrence than patients with higher
absolute lymphocyte counts in a recent study.
Researchers evaluated the absolute lymphocyte counts (ALCs) of 289 patients with HCV who underwent liver transplantation
(LT) between 2005 and 2011, including ALC before transplantation and 2
weeks and 1 month post-LT, with follow-up across a median of 2.8 years.
Patients were stratified according to ALC: below 500/mcL, 500 to
1,000/mcL and more than 1,000/mcL.