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WHO issues its first hepatitis B treatment guidelines

12 MARCH 2015 ¦ GENEVA – WHO today issued its first-ever guidance for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B, a viral infection which is spread through blood and body fluids, attacking the liver and resulting in an estimated 650 000 deaths each year – most of them in low- and middle-income countries. Worldwide, some 240 […]

Eric Abidal: Despite the disease, there is always hope

LIVING WITH LIVER DISEASE In 2011, French footballer Eric Abidal learnt he had cancer of the liver. Despite the disease, he carried on with his career, sending out a real message of hope for all those people who are battling cancer. How did you find out you had the disease? Eric Abidal – “I was really […]

Top tips for a healthy liver from United European Gastroenterology

THE FACTS Professor Manns gives his top five tips on how to reduce your risk of developing liver cancer United European Gastroenterology Vice President and consultant gastroenterologist, Professor Michael Manns, explains, “There is a need to develop specific therapies for the treatment of patients with alcoholic liver disease, especially as it is the second LEADING […]

Seeing past the stigma of cirrhosis

LIVING WITH LIVER DISEASE Cirrhosis carries a stigma, but this liver disease in not always the result of alcohol or drug use, and early diagnosis and treatment can help the liver to heal itself Cirrhosis is commonly assumed to be the result of alcoholism or intravenous drug use – but this is not always the […]

Campaign against liver disease

THE FUTURE Government must act on liver deaths, say doctors Professor Roger Williams, Director of the Institute of Hepatology, Foundation for Liver Research, says: “Deaths from liver disease are rising in the UK, but government resistance means we have achieved none of the recommendations of a recent Lancet report.” The report called for improved early […]

The killer that everyone’s been ignoring

THE FACTS Globally viral hepatitis causes almost 7 times as many liver cancer deaths as alcohol use but lack of awareness leaves this global killer vastly ignored Now the second biggest cancer killer worldwide, liver cancer is undeniably a significant global issue. A staggering 78% of all liver cancer deaths are caused by viral hepatitis […]

A New Approach to Hepatitis B Therapy?

Cyclophilins are involved in multiple steps of the hepatitis B virus (HBV) life cycle in hepatocytes—cyclophilin inhibitors reduce viral replication and HBV envelope protein production and secretion, researchers report in the February issue of Gastroenterology. The cyclophilin inhibitor alisporivir, combined with the HBV polymerase inhibitor, reduces markers of HBV infection and HBV replication in cells, […]

Age and HBsAg level predict NA-induced HBeAg seroconversion durability

The combination of age and baseline hepatitis B s-antigen (HBsAg) level can help predict hepatitis B virus (HBV) relapse in patients who achieve hepatitis B e-antigen (HBeAg) loss or seroconversion following nucleos(t)ide analogue (NA) treatment, researchers report. They found that being 40 years of age or older and having baseline HBsAg levels of 2000 IU/mL […]

Discrimination ‘still rampant’ vs Filipinos with Hepatitis B

Aside from dealing with the disease itself, Filipinos with Hepatitis B also suffer from discrimination at the workplace or at home. MANILA, Philippines – Despite efforts to increase public awareness on Hepatitis B, advocates fighting to eradicate the disease say discrimination against patients is “still rampant.” Dr Eternity Labio, Hepatology Society of the Philippines (HSP) […]

Long-Term Effects of Antivirals in Patients with HBV-Related Cirrhosis

Oral antivirals are considered to be safe and effective in hepatitis B virus (HBV) suppression and improvement in liver disease in patients with HBV-related decompensation; however, it is not known if this leads to avoidance or reduction in liver transplantation (LT) or what the long-term outcomes are in patients with decompensated cirrhosis. A new prospective, […]