In the Journals

Global HDV rates highest among HBV coinfected with risky behaviors

September 25, 2018
The global number of individuals infected with hepatitis D and positive for hepatitis B surface antigen was twofold higher than previous estimates…

7 gastro, liver cancer stories you may have missed

September 24, 2018
Caner rates continue to increase worldwide, including gastrointestinal and hepatic carcinomas. As the need for improved therapies and potential…

Eiger BioPharmaceuticals receive FDA guidance for HDV study

September 24, 2018
Eiger BioPharmaceuticals received written guidance from the FDA for the “D-LIVR” phase 3 study of lonafarnib for patients with hepatitis…
Meeting News

Machine learning tool may determine opioid use disorder risk

September 24, 2018
Using data found on health care claims, researchers developed a machine learning tool that resulted in a “high level of predictive…
In the Journals

Karnofsky performance status predicts liver transplant survival

September 24, 2018
The Karnofsky performance status independently predicted graft and patient survival before and after liver transplantation, according to recently…
In the Journals

Regular HBV DNA monitoring during immunosuppression cost-effective

September 21, 2018
Regular monitoring of hepatitis B DNA during immunosuppression therapy in patients with occult HBV demonstrated a clear cut-off between those who…
In the Journals

Patients report poor understanding of liver disease, palliative care options

September 20, 2018
Results of an international systematic review showed that patients and their families had a poor understanding about advanced liver disease, felt…

Xpert HCV VL Fingerstick testing assay receives CE-IVD mark

September 20, 2018
Cepheid received the CE-IVD mark for the Xpert HCV VL Fingerstick, a molecular test designed to detect and quantify hepatitis C RNA levels from a…
In the Journals

Few early career family physicians feel prepared to provide buprenorphine treatment

September 20, 2018
Just 10% of early career certified family physicians felt ready to provide buprenorphine treatment for opioid use, according to 2016 National Family…
In the Journals Plus

Early signs of fatty liver, subclinical heart disease found in children with metabolically healthy obesity

September 20, 2018
Despite a lack of conventional cardiometabolic risk factors, children with so-called metabolically healthy obesity have a higher prevalence of…

Viking Therapeutics NAFLD therapy achieves significant liver fat reduction

September 19, 2018
Viking Therapeutics announced positive top-line results from a 12-week phase 2 study of VK2809, a liver-selective thyroid receptor beta agonist for…
Feature

Experts discuss potential benefits, disadvantages to Cigna-Express Scripts, CVS-Aetna mergers

September 19, 2018
The Department of Justice approved the Cigna-Express Scripts merger on Sept. 17, according to Business Insider and The Wall Street Journal
FDA News

FDA takes new steps to curb opioid crisis

September 18, 2018
The FDA announced several new strategies today to better inform medical professionals and patients about the risks associated with opioid use. …
Feature

Louisiana developing ‘Netflix’ style subscription plan for HCV treatment

September 18, 2018
The Louisiana Department of Health is currently developing a “subscription style” payment plan with pharmaceutical manufacturers to…
In the Journals

Team-based health care improves patient outcomes, physician well-being

September 18, 2018
Implementing optimal team-based health care is associated with improvements in patient outcomes, the efficiency of care and the well-being and…
In the Journals

Burnout frequency varies by specialty, but exact prevalence unclear

September 18, 2018
Symptoms of burnout and career choice regret were common among U.S. resident physicians, but differed substantially by clinical specialty, according…
In the Journals

PELD score insufficient for allocation of livers compared with MELD score

September 18, 2018
The PELD score did not accurately predict 90-day pretransplant mortality in children who were listed for liver transplantation compared with adults…
In the Journals

Drug prices rise twice as fast during shortages

September 17, 2018
During a shortage, drug prices increase two times as quickly as they would have in the absence of a shortage, according to findings published in…

6 autoimmune liver disease stories on cholangitis risks, outcomes

September 17, 2018
Autoimmune liver diseases such as primary biliary cholangitis and primary sclerosing cholangitis lead to inflammation and damage that can be…
In the Journals

High BMI linked to HCC incidence in HBV seroclearance cases

September 17, 2018
Analysis of hepatocellular carcinoma risk factors among patients with varying hepatitis B surface antigen status showed that higher BMI was a risk…