Treating HBV: 6 recent reports on therapy outcomes

May 25, 2018
As Hepatitis Awareness Month comes to a close, Healio.com/Hepatology presents several recently published studies on hepatitis B therapy outcomes and…
In the Journals

Low antibody HBV core protein levels predict seroclearance

May 25, 2018
Quantification of antibody against hepatitis B core protein, or anti-HBc levels, significantly predicted HBV surface antigen seroclearance and…

‘Right to try’ impact on patients uncertain

May 25, 2018
On May 22, the House of Representatives voted 250-169 to pass the “right to try” legislation which was previously approved by the Senate…
In the Journals

New virtual touch quantification criteria offers reliable fibrosis detection

May 25, 2018
Researchers developed new and comprehensive reliability criteria for virtual touch quantification to assess liver fibrosis based on the interquartile…
In the Journals

NIH primary supporter of systematic reviews behind USPSTF recommendations

May 24, 2018
The NIH was the single largest financial contributor to the systematic reviews that led to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations…
Guest Editorial

International Liver Congress Offers Insight on the ‘Social Science’ of HCV

Healio Gastroenterology, May 2018
Ira M. Jacobson, MD
This month’s issue and the current issue of its sister publication HCV Next, highlights data on therapeutic regimens for hepatitis C presented…
In the Journals

SVR to HBV therapy improves survival after decompensation

May 24, 2018
Patients with hepatitis B-related decompensated cirrhosis who achieved virologic response after treatment with either Baraclude or Epivir had…

Obesity linked to 12 cancer types

May 24, 2018
Overweight and obesity appeared associated with an increased risk for 12 cancer types, according to World Cancer Research Fund’s new report. …
Feature

GI leader to expand specialty medical home care model

May 24, 2018
In his new role as Cleveland Clinic’s chairman of gastroenterology and hepatology, Miguel Regueiro, MD, plans to expand on the inflammatory…
In the Journals

Doptelet reduces procedural bleeding risk in patients with chronic liver disease

May 23, 2018
Results of two phase 3 trials showed that Doptelet significantly reduced the need for platelet transfusions or rescue procedures for bleeding…
In the Journals

Interferon plus lamivudine therapy improves HBV clearance in children

May 23, 2018
Pediatric patients with chronic hepatitis B and immune-tolerant characteristics who underwent interferon therapy followed by treatment with Epivir…
Feature

How one court case in the opioid crisis could impact millions of patients

May 23, 2018
A lawsuit against certain opioid manufacturers and drug distributors could dramatically shake up the health care, pharmaceutical and legal systems…
In the Journals

340B hospitals provide more low-profit services

May 23, 2018
Hospitals that participate in the 340B program offer more low-profit service lines than nonparticipants, according to research published in JAMA

Normal ALT levels during HBV therapy improves outcomes

May 22, 2018
Normal on-treatment alanine aminotransferase levels correlated with improved clinical outcomes in patients with chronic hepatitis B during…

Most severe alcoholic hepatitis transplant patients achieve 1-year survival

May 22, 2018
A recent survey of U.S. transplant centers found excellent 1-year survival rates for patients who underwent liver transplantation for severe…
In the Journals

Opioid overdose, death more likely in patients who use multiple prescribers, pharmacies

May 21, 2018
Patients exhibiting behaviors of opioid misuse, such as use of multiple prescribers and overlapping prescriptions, had a greater risk for subsequent…
FDA News

FDA approves Doptelet for thrombocytopenia in adults with chronic liver disease

May 21, 2018
The FDA approved avatrombopag to treat low blood platelet count among adults with chronic liver disease who are scheduled to undergo a medical or…

Q&A: Viral hepatitis awareness grows through patient, physician efforts

May 21, 2018
Viral hepatitis refers to several types of inflammatory liver infections that can lead to serious complications like fibrosis or cirrhosis. While…

6 recent reports on HCV screening rates, strategies

May 21, 2018
The direct-acting antiviral era has seen a significant increase in the number of patients with hepatitis C clearing their infection. Along with this…
In the Journals

Higher vitamin D level lessens risk for cancer

May 21, 2018
Residents of Japan with higher concentrations of vitamin D were less likely to develop cancer than those with lower levels, according to a cohort…