34% of physicians have been sued: How to best minimize your risk

February 23, 2018
The AMA released three new trend reports demonstrating the high frequency and cost burden of medical liability claims. “Information in this…

Diversity in HCV: 10 reports on HCV outcomes by demographic

February 23, 2018
Although hepatitis C cure rates continue to increase in the direct-acting antiviral era, especially in developed nations, some individuals still fail…
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Specialized intervention cost-effective for chronic liver disease

February 23, 2018
Specialized chronic disease management for patients with chronic liver disease demonstrated high potential to be more cost-effective than standard…

PCPs will play critical role in future HCV treatments

February 22, 2018
As direct-acting antiviral agents for hepatitis C virus become more accessible and affordable, there will be a greater need for primary care…
In the Journals

Sleeve gastrectomy with liver transplantation improves outcomes for obesity

February 22, 2018
Simultaneous liver transplantation and sleeve gastrectomy improved weight loss and led to decreased rates of metabolic complications among obese…
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Opioid tapering does not increase pain intensity

February 22, 2018
“The risks associated with prescription opioids are well described. Although reducing opioid use is a national priority, existing opioid…

NSAIDs, when used properly, can be ‘happy medium’ in pain management

February 22, 2018
Primary care physicians need to discuss the risks and dangers of using NSAIDs with their patients, several doctors told Healio Family Medicine. …
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African-American HCV patients face significantly lower SVR rates

February 22, 2018
African-American patients were significantly less likely to achieve sustained virologic response after hepatitis C treatment with direct-acting…
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Treatment pathways improve management, reduce costs of neonatal jaundice

February 22, 2018
The creation and use of an evidence-based standard care pathway for the treatment of infants with jaundice can improve length of stay, time between
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Advanced fibrosis more likely in children with zone 1 hepatic steatosis

February 21, 2018
Data from a study on pediatric nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis showed that children with zone 1 steatosis were more…

ACIP recommends HEPLISAV-B for HBV vaccination

February 21, 2018
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted unanimously today to recommend the HEPLISAV-B recombinant vaccine to prevent…
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Grading early hepatic encephalopathy requires additional training

February 21, 2018
Gastroenterology faculty, nurse practitioners and physician assistants had excellent concordance in classifying grade 2 or higher hepatic…

Former Aetna director’s admission on decision process could impact millions

February 21, 2018
Authorities in four states are investigating Aetna policy decisions after its former medical director, Jay Ken Iinuma, MD, admitted making decisions…
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More than a third of physicians meet burnout criteria

February 21, 2018
Approximately one-third of physicians experience characteristics of burnout, such as emotional exhaustion and depersonalization, which often led to…
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Vesatolimod safe, well-tolerated in patients with chronic HBV

February 20, 2018
Vesatolimod was safe and well-tolerated in patients with chronic hepatitis B and demonstrated consistent dose-dependent pharmacodynamic induction of…

New Jersey Health Foundation grants $50k to hepatitis B, E research

February 20, 2018
The New Jersey Health Foundation awarded a $50,000 Innovation Grant to Alexander Ploss, PhD, assistant professor of molecular biology at Princeton…
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Extending interferon treatment duration for chronic delta hepatitis improves outcomes

February 20, 2018
Interferon treatment lasting longer than 2 years for chronic delta hepatitis, or CDH, increases virologic response and “favorably affects the…
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pCLIF-SOFA predicts mortality in children with decompensated liver disease

February 19, 2018
The pediatric chronic liver failure sequential organ failure assessment, or pCLIF-SOFA, performed better than Child-Pugh or pediatric end-stage liver…
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Alcohol use disorder compromises benefits of DAA therapy for HCV

February 19, 2018
An international study showed that alcohol use disorder contributed significantly to liver disease burden in patients with hepatitis C. Researchers…

FDA approves Aptima HBV Quant assay

February 16, 2018
The FDA announced the approval of the Aptima HBV quant assay, designed to measure the amount of hepatitis B DNA in plasma or serum from patients with…