HBV Journal Review March 2015

ChrisKHBF is pleased to connect our blog readers to Christine Kukka’s monthly HBV Journal Review that she writes for the HBV Advocate. The journal presents the
 latest in hepatitis B research, treatment, and prevention from recent academic and medical journals. This month, the following topics are explored:

  • Cholesterol and Type 2 Diabetes Drugs Markedly Lower Cancer Risk in Hepatitis B Patients
  • Hepatitis B Increases Risk of Stomach Cancer
  • Unsafe Injections Caused 1.7 Million HBV Infections Worldwide in 2010
  • New Guidelines Require Doctors to Screen for Hepatitis B Before Starting Chemotherapy
  • Computer Reminders Effective at Prompting Doctors to Screen for HBV Before Starting Chemotherapy
  • Study Finds Getting Frequent Cancer Screenings Saves Lives
  • Use of Radio Waves to Destroy Small Liver Tumors as Effective as Surgery
  • Interferon Increases Thyroid Disease in Hepatitis B and C Patients
  • Smoking Impairs Recovery from Hepatitis B and the Effectiveness of Immunization
  • Hepatitis B Immunization Coverage Declined 2.1% in 2013

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Slaying the Fibrolamellar Beast

 

Fibrolamellar Chimera- Slay the Beast

The chimera mutation is common to all fibrolamellar tissue. The mythological chimera is part lion, part goat, and part serpent. Original Chimera illustration by Jessica Guercia Design by Deborah Corrigan Visual Arts | DeborahCorriganVA.com.

February 28 is Rare Disease Day.

Last year, we featured the story of Gail Trecosta, who described how her teenage son Matthew was bravely battling a rare form of liver cancer called fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma (FHC).

This year we are featuring FHC again but with a renewed sense of urgency and purpose.  Continue reading

The Fifty Shades of “Gray” of Hepatitis B Transmission – Part 1

1716136dfa105e7f9bdf96de16e31742All pun and a little fun is intended with this title, but the “adult” version of hepatitis B transmission is a serious concern. There are “shades of gray” when it comes to hepatitis B transmission and the degree of risk with sexual activity. Continue reading

Dating and Hepatitis B – A Personal Perspective

imagesGreat insights and advice on dating with chronic HBV from a member of the Hepatitis B Information and Support List. 

 

 

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HBV Journal Review February 2015

ChrisKHBF is pleased to connect our blog readers to Christine Kukka’s monthly HBV Journal Review that she writes for the HBV Advocate. The journal presents the
 latest in hepatitis B research, treatment, and prevention from recent academic and medical journals. This month, the following topics are explored:

  • Quality of Care for Women with Hepatitis B Varies Dramatically Across U.S.
  • One-third of HBeAg-negative Women Experience “Flares” After Childbirth
  • Immunizing Newborns Is an Effective Tool in Preventing Cancer
  • Experts Warn: Don’t Delay Treatment in Patients with HBV Genotype C
  • Antivirals Help Patients with Cirrhosis, If Started Early Enough
  • Entecavir Effective at Clearing HBV’s cccDNA from Liver Cells
  • Older Age and a Weakened Immune System Can Cause HBV to Reactivate
  • Survey Shows Doctors Fail to Adequately Screen for Liver Cancer
  • Innovative Venues Increase Hepatitis B Screening Among Asian-Americans
  • Study Finds Waste Collectors at High Risk of Hepatitis B
  • Study Comparing Four Antivirals Finds All Appear Effective

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