In the Journals

This feature offers timely executive summaries of the most relevant journals in hepatology. Through peer “Perspectives,” full bibliographical information and links to the original journal abstract, In the Journals are a step wider and deeper than journal reviews health care professionals may be accustomed.

In the Journals

90% of injection drug users miss opportunities for HIV or HCV testing

February 20, 2020
Using data from more than 840,000 health care encounters, researchers estimated that around 90% of people who inject drugs missed opportunities for…
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‘It pays’ to check the gut microbiome in patients with cirrhosis

February 11, 2020
Gut microbiota analysis was cost-effective for predicting and possibly preventing 90-day readmissions for cirrhosis, according to study results. …
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Fibrosis linked with mortality, liver-related morbidity risk in patients with NAFLD

February 6, 2020
Biopsy-confirmed fibrosis was associated with risk for mortality and liver-related morbidity in patients with NAFLD, regardless of confounding…
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Opioids linked with hepatic encephalopathy in patients with cirrhosis

February 3, 2020
Opioid prescriptions were associated with a risk for hepatic encephalopathy in patients with compensated cirrhosis, according to study results. …
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Just 1% of providers prescribed half of all opioid doses in 2017

January 29, 2020
In 2017, a mere 1% of providers were responsible for 49% of all opioid doses and 27% of opioid prescriptions in the United States, according to…
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Estimated global prevalence of pediatric HCV at more than 3 million

January 29, 2020
An analysis of peer-reviewed articles provided global prevalence estimates of hepatitis C virus in children, according to data from a modelling…
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Individuals with alcohol use disorder have an increased fibrosis risk

January 27, 2020
The risk of fibrosis is highest in young adults with harmful drinking patterns and steatosis, according to data from a population-based study…
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Patient support tool may improve treatment decisions for those with CKD, hepatitis C

January 20, 2020
For patients with both chronic kidney disease and the hepatitis C virus, an education and support tool increased knowledge of the conditions, thereby…
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Hepatitis D coinfection found in ‘household clusters’ in Cameroon

January 17, 2020
Investigation into the epidemiology of hepatitis D in Cameroon revealed intrahousehold infection and large differences in prevalence between regions…
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‘Number to treat’ with UDCA may improve survival rates in PBC

January 16, 2020
While the absolute clinical efficacy of ursodeoxycholic acid for primary biliary cholangitis varied by baseline prognostic characteristics, study…