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From Declaration to Action: Improving Immunization in Africa

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:04:40 +0100

Inviolate Akinyi, a 46-year-old grandmother, got her granddaughter immunized using a mix of private and public clinics. Credit: Veronique Magnin – Habari Kibra VolunteerBy Joyce NgangaNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 25 2018 (IPS)Inviolate Akinyi, a 46-year-old grandmother, is certain that her grand-daughter needs to get all her vaccines for her to grow up healthy and strong. She uses a mix of private and public clinics in Kibera, one of the largest informal settlement in Nairobi, to get the 15-month-old the shots she needs. Mary Awour, mother to two-year-old Vilance Amondi, also believes immunization is important to protect her child against infectious diseases. She got all the required vaccines for him at the public Kibera South Hospital.But many children in Africa are not as fortunate as these two...

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ACIP Recommends Heplisav-B Vaccine for Adults ACIP Recommends Heplisav-B Vaccine for Adults

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:56:04 +0100

Heplisav-B, a yeast-derived hepatitis B vaccine made with a novel adjuvant, is recommended for individuals aged 18 years and older, according to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Surveillance for Viral Hepatitis - United States, 2016

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:32:43 +0100

In 2016, all 50 states and the District of Columbia submitted reports of acute hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection, 48 states submitted reports of acute hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, 42 submitted reports of acute hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, 43 submitted reports of chronic HBV infection, and 42 submitted reports of chronic HCV infection. (Source: PHPartners.org)



Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for Use of a Hepatitis B Vaccine with a Novel Adjuvant

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:00:00 +0100

(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)



Metabolic Syndrome Common With Chronic Hep B Infection

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:00:37 +0100

TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 -- Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is prevalent among patients with chronic hepatitis B (HBV) infection, according to a study published online March 29 in Diabetes Care. Mandana Khalili, M.D., from the University of California, San... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)

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Britain ’s use of contaminated blood was no ‘tragedy’ – it was a scandal | Simon Hattenstone

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 08:00:32 +0100

The latest inquiry must discover how thousands of haemophiliacs contracted HIV or hepatitis C from blood products, and why it was covered up for so longIn two weeks ’ time Sir Brian Langstaff will take up his post as chair of thepublic inquiry into contaminated blood and contaminated blood products. Today, World Haemophilia Day, is the perfect occasion to remind Langstaff what the thousands of haemophiliac victims need from this inquiry if they are to get justice.In the 1970s and 1980s more than 4,600 haemophiliacs contracted HIV or hepatitis C after being infected by contaminated blood-clotting products. Much of the blood had been imported on the cheap from US prisons, and taken from high-risk donors (sex workers, drug addicts and alcoholics) who were paid for their blood. As early as 1...



Sensitive new assay detects hepatitis B infection in single liver cells and serum

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 04:00:00 +0100

(Elsevier) Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) can progress to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). A study published in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics describes a new HBV assay that offers advantages over currently used methods because it has the capability to detect closed circular DNA (cccDNA) in serum, single cells, and preserved tissue samples. This assay can be used to diagnose HCC at an earlier stage to manage treatment more effectively. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



GSK to Compensate for Merck's Pediatric HepB Vaccine Shortage

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 13:44:00 +0100

In the face of a continuing shortage of Merck's pediatric hepatitis B vaccines, the CDC says GlaxoSmithKline will fill in with sufficient supply to meet full U.S. demand. (Source: AAFP News)



Public Health Grand Rounds: Working Together to Eliminate the Threat of Hepatitis B and C

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 22:44:59 +0100

April 17, 2018 1:00pm ET; Atlanta, GA or via webcast. (Source: PHPartners.org)



Past surgical patients at a Denver hospital may be at risk of HIV, hepatitis

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 09:41:12 +0100

A sterilization breach at Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver may have put patients at risk for infection of HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C, according to a release from the Colorado state health department. (Source: CNN.com - Health)

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Almost 300 Million Worldwide May Be Infected With HBV Almost 300 Million Worldwide May Be Infected With HBV

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 19:20:01 +0100

About 292 million people worldwide may be infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV), a new modeling study shows.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



1 in 20 people with hepatitis B receive care worldwide, study says

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 18:21:27 +0100

About one in 20 people with hepatitis B are receiving necessary medical care, according to a new study. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)



Breckenridge Pharmaceutical, Inc. Announces Final Approval of its ANDA Entecavir tablets (Baraclude(R))

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 16:08:00 +0100

BOCA RATON, Fla., March 27, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Breckenridge Pharmaceutical, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted final approval for its Abbreviated New Drug Application for Entecavir ta... Biopharmaceuticals, Generics, FDA Breckenridge Pharmaceutical, Entecavir, Baraclude, hepatitis B virus (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)



HBV Treatment Fails to Meet Global Targets (CME/CE)

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 22:35:02 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Only 5% of hepatitis B patients received antiviral therapy in 2016 (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)



Hepatitis B: Four in five infected Britons don't know they have the virus

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 22:30:00 +0100

FOUR in five Britons infected with hepatitis B do not even know they have it, a study warned. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

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Uganda:Anger Over Fake Hepatitis B Vaccine

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 07:49:32 +0100

[Independent (Kampala)] Kampala -More Ugandans are infected with Hepatitis B than HIV, the virus which causes the dreaded AIDS. And both infections are spread the same way - through blood and other body fluids. Unlike HIV which destroys the immune system and opens up the sufferer to myriad infections, Hepatitis destroys the liver. And it generally kills faster than AIDS. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Uganda:Eight Private Kampala Hospitals Named to Handle Hepatitis B Vaccine

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:06:45 +0100

[Independent (Kampala)] Kampala -The Ministry of Health has named eight Kampala private health facilities to provide the Hepatitis B vaccine as they put in place measures to halt supply of fake drugs on the market. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Fake Hepatitis B vaccines found at Ugandan health facilities

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:19:04 +0100

, sparking corruption concerns (Source: ABC News: Health)



Uganda:Hospital Defends Self On Fake Hepatitis B Vaccines

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 07:26:11 +0100

[Monitor] Univic Medical Centre commonly known as UMC Victoria Hospital, a health facility in Kampala, has refuted the claim by the National Drug Authority (NDA) that they were administering fake Hepatitis B vaccines to clients. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Uganda:No Hepatitis B Vaccination At Private Hospitals - Government

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:28:33 +0100

[Monitor] Kampala -The Ministry of Health has halted Hepatitis B vaccination in private health facilities and suspended medical camps sponsored by private health providers. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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Uganda:Parliament Suspends Hepatitis B Vaccination in Private Clinics and Hospitals

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 07:27:54 +0100

[Independent (Kampala)] Kampala, Uganda | GODFREY SSALI | The Parliamentary health committee has directed an immediate stop in Hepatitis B vaccination by private health facilities. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Uganda:NDA Seizes Fake Hepatitis Vaccines

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 06:50:40 +0100

[Observer] The National Drug Authority (NDA) is investigating how eight private hospitals and clinics came to sell counterfeit hepatitis B vaccines in Mbarara, Kampala and Mbale. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Uganda:Halt Hepatitis B Vaccination, MPs Order

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 06:42:30 +0100

[Monitor] Parliament -Parliament's Health Committee has ordered private health facilities to stop carrying out Hepatitis B vaccination until the Health Ministry issues special approval. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Notes from the Field: False-Negative Hepatitis B Surface Antigen Test Results in a Hemodialysis Patient — Nebraska, 2017

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:00:00 +0100

(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)



Uganda:NDA Should Put Its Act Together

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 07:43:29 +0100

[Monitor] On Tuesday, the National Drug Authority (NDA), announced the presence on the market of fake Hepatitis B drugs, which it said are being administered in immunisation camps. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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Uganda:Government Probes Hospitals Over Fake Hepatitis B Vaccines

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 07:20:28 +0100

[Monitor] KAMPALA/MBARARA -The government is set to investigate health facilities that the National Drug Authority (NDA) said it found with stocks of fake Hepatitis B vaccines. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Tenofovir Fails to Add Extra Hepatitis B Protection for Vaccinated Newborns Tenofovir Fails to Add Extra Hepatitis B Protection for Vaccinated Newborns

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 21:30:38 +0100

Adding tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) to an aggressive treatment strategy fails to give extra protection to newborns at risk for contracting hepatitis B virus (HBV) from their infected mothers, according to a study at 17 public hospitals in Thailand.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Antiviral drug not beneficial for reducing mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B when added to existing preventatives

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 21:10:52 +0100

NIH-funded study observes no significant reduction of infection rates at age 6 months. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)



Antiviral drug not beneficial for reducing mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B when added to existing preventatives, study shows

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF), an antiviral drug commonly prescribed to treat hepatitis B infection, does not significantly reduce mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B virus when taken during pregnancy and after delivery, according to a phase III clinical trial in Thailand funded by the National Institutes of Health. The study tested TDF therapy in addition to the standard preventative regimen -- administration of hepatitis B vaccine and protective antibodies at birth -- to explore the drug's potential effects on mother-to-child transmission rates. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



New Adult Vaccine Against Hepatitis B Gets a Boost

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 14:44:06 +0100

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HBcrAg: An Emerging Marker for Chronic HBV Infection HBcrAg: An Emerging Marker for Chronic HBV Infection

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:14:52 +0100

Review the potential clinical application of hepatitis B core-related antigen, which has been proposed as a serum marker for disease monitoring and prognostication of chronic hepatitis B infection.Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Notes from the Field: Increase in Acute Hepatitis B Infections — Pasco County, Florida, 2011–2016

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0100

(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)



6 reasons doctors say to reconsider colon cleanses

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:00:00 +0100

Former customers of two colon cleansing services in Thunder Bay, Ont. are getting tested for HIV and Hepatitis B and C after complaints of poor hygiene practices at the businesses. Health experts says there is no scientific evidence to support such practices, and that they can be risky. (Source: CBC | Health)



6 reasons doctors say to avoid colon cleanses

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:00:00 +0100

Former customers of two colon cleansing services in Thunder Bay, Ont. are getting tested for HIV and Hepatitis B and C after complaints of poor hygiene practices at the businesses. Health experts says there is no scientific evidence to support such practices, and that they can be risky. (Source: CBC | Health)



CDC panel approves new hepatitis B vaccine for adults

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:15:15 +0100

A CDC advisory committee unanimously recommended a new vaccine to prevent hepatitis B in adults, Dynavax Technologies Corporation announced. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

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US panel recommends new adult vaccine against hepatitis B

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:24:04 +0100

Federal advisory panel recommends new vaccine against hepatitis B for adults (Source: ABC News: Health)



Uganda:NSSF Offers Free Yellow Fever Vaccination During Customer Week

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:44:37 +0100

[Observer] National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has today kicked off its annual Customer Connect week with various activities including a medical camp that will see Ugandans get free Hepatitis B, diabetes and blood pressure screening and Yellow fever vaccination. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan 2017-2020 Partner Planning Guide

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 22:40:15 +0100

A tool designed for use by individuals, groups, and organizations that are conducting strategic planning efforts for hepatitis B (HBV) and/or hepatitis C (HCV). (Source: PHPartners.org)



Organ-on-chip technology enters next stage as experts test hepatitis B virus

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Imperial College London) Scientists at Imperial College London have become the first in the world to test how pathogens interact with artificial human organs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



AAP Releases 2018 Immunization Schedule for Kids and Teens

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- New wording for hepatitis B vaccine timing in infants, optional dose of MMR in mumps outbreak (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)

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ACIP Issues 2018 Child and Adolescent Vaccine Schedule ACIP Issues 2018 Child and Adolescent Vaccine Schedule

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:02:49 +0100

Recommendations clarify who should get a third dose of the mumps vaccine and highlight that the hepatitis B vaccine should be given to all nonpremature babies within the first 24 hours of life.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



'Virus-cracking' molecules advance fight against hepatitis B

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Indiana University) Indiana University researchers have found that certain molecules -- currently under clinical trial -- are able to 'crack' the protective shell of the hepatitis B virus, suggesting it may be possible to attack the virus after its already taken hold in the body. There is currently no cure for the virus, which can cause liver failure and cancer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)



Aptima(R) HBV Quant Assay for Quantitation of Hepatitis B Viral Load Receives PMA Approval

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 15:24:11 +0100

Aptima assay portfolio rapidly expanding with the addition of tests to quantitate HIV-1, HCV and HBV now available on the fully automated Panther system MARLBOROUGH, Mass., Jan. 25, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Hologic, Inc. (Nasda... Diagnostics, FDA Hologic, Aptima, HBV Quant Assay, Hepatitis B (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)



Risks for Hepatitis B Reactivation with Newer Hep C Treatments Detailed

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:41:50 +0100

About a quarter of patients with chronic hepatitis B infection experience reactivation of the virus when they receive direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) for hepatitis C... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)



With big bucks (and drugs) in hand, George Scangos' startup stakes out space in infectious diseases

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:19:05 +0100

Vir Biotechnology is going where Big Pharma has largely backed away — infectious diseases, such as HIV, hepatitis B and tuberculosis — and it's doing so with $600 million in backing from ARCH Venture Partners and others. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)

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Panacea Biotec partners Serum Institute for hexavalent vaccine

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 07:36:26 +0100

The vaccine is a combination of six antigens to protect against six dreaded diseases - Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenza type B and Polio. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)



Reminding people about vaccinations can increase rates of immunization

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:28:33 +0100

Anupdated Cochrane Review, published in the Cochrane Library today, suggests that reminding people when their vaccinations are due or overdue increases the number of people being immunized.Rates of immunization against infectious diseases in children and adults are improving, but under-vaccination remains a problem that results in vaccine-preventable deaths and illnesses. In Europe, 11,316 cases of measles were reported during 2012, and an estimated four to 50 million symptomatic cases of flu occur each year.Reminders can be sent to patients, parents or guardians, or whole populations when vaccines are due, either because of age or other risk factors. Recalls are sent when vaccines are overdue. Reminders and recalls can be sent by letter, postcard, telephone call, computerized telephone ca...






Scientists have determined the mummified child who was killed 500 years ago died from hepatitis, not smallpox

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 19:08:38 +0100

(Natural News) Using DNA samples from a 500-year old mummified remains of a child, researchers were able to crack the genetic code of an ancient strain of the hepatitis B virus (HBV). The finding, wherein scientists were able to “sequence the complete genome” of the virus, could help medical experts understand the intricacies of HBV, which is a... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

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Public health-primary care testing has high uptake, doesn't identify hidden hepatitis C

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(American Academy of Family Physicians) A strategy to test the general population for hepatitis B and C viruses in areas of high prevalence had high test uptake but did not detect hidden chronic hepatitis C infections. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Trilobites: A Mummified Child ’ s Remains Show Signs of a Modern Scourge

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 22:00:09 +0100

For decades, scientists thought the toddler died nearly 500 years ago from smallpox. New research shows it carried hepatitis B. (Source: NYT Health)



DNA analysis of mummified 2-year-old from 16th century shows she died of hepatitis B

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 23:46:30 +0100

An international team of disease detectives has shed new light on a virus that kills almost a million people around the world each year by probing an unusual source — the mummified remains of a young child who died about 450 years ago in Renaissance Italy. (Source: CBC | Health)



DNA analysis of mummified 2-year-old from 16th century shows he died of hepatitis B

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 23:46:30 +0100

An international team of disease detectives has shed new light on a virus that kills almost a million people around the world each year by probing an unusual source — the mummified remains of a young child who died about 450 years ago in Renaissance Italy. (Source: CBC | Health)



Ancient origin of hepatitis B virus is revealed

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 19:58:25 +0100

Scientists led by McMaster University have sequenced the complete genome of the ancient strain, confirming that the virus has existed in humans for centuries. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Boy Who Died 450 Years Ago Gives Clues to Hepatitis Research

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 14:00:40 +0100

THURSDAY, Jan. 4, 2018 -- The mummified remains of an Italian boy who died 450 years ago suggest the hepatitis B virus has infected humans for centuries. The child died in the 16th century. And prior testing suggested smallpox killed him. But a new... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



DNA analysis of ancient mummy, thought to have smallpox, points to Hepatitis B instead

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(McMaster University) A team of scientists has sequenced the complete genome of an ancient strain of the Hepatitis B virus (HBV), shedding new light on a pervasive, complex and deadly pathogen that today kills nearly one million people every year. While little is known about its evolutionary history and origin, the findings confirm the idea that HBV has existed in humans for centuries. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Multiple Organ Failure During Telbivudine Treatment for HBV Multiple Organ Failure During Telbivudine Treatment for HBV

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 05:08:46 +0100

While telbivudine is an effective treatment for hepatitis B, this case demonstrates that on rare occasions it can have severe, potentially fatal adverse effects.Journal of Medical Case Reports (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Hepatitis B Vaccination Rates Subpar in Patients With HIV Hepatitis B Vaccination Rates Subpar in Patients With HIV

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 18:54:37 +0100

More than a third of patients with HIV infection fail to get hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccination, despite a longstanding recommendation, report researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



The prevalence of occupational health-related problems in dentistry: A review of the literature.

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 16:30:00 +0100

CONCLUSION:Occupational health-related problems are still prevalent in current dentistry practice, despite changes in equipment and surgery design. The reported prevalence of occupational related-health problems and other findings of investigative studies highlight the need for continuous professional education and a need to improve clinical practice aspects of dentistry curricula. (Source: Dental Technology Blog)

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Pa. Biotech Center leader named to Academy of Inventors

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 16:04:43 +0100

Timothy M. Block, president of the Doylestown-based Hepatitis B Foundation and the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center of Bucks County, was named a fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Inventors. The status is bestowed on academic inventors who have demonstrated a “prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society." Block, who is also president of the foundati on’s… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)



Sudan:Health Ministry - 'Hepatitis B Spreading Rapidly in Khartoum State'

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:54:46 +0100

[Radio Dabanga] Khartoum State -Hepatitis B is spreading rapidly in Sudan's Khartoum state, according to a statement by state's Ministry of Health. Sufferers, including both Sudanese and foreigners, are unable to work. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Rohingya Refugees: The Woes of Women – Part One

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:58:48 +0100

Rohingya women of Balukhali camp embarking on the trek to the toilets. Credit: Umer Aiman Khan/IPSBy Sohara Mehroze ShachiCOX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Dec 7 2017 (IPS)Afia* lines up her bucket every morning in the refugee camp for water delivery from humanitarian relief workers. On one particularly sweltering day, she kept four water pitchers in a row with gaps between them, hoping to insert another empty container in the space when the water arrived.When another refugee saw this, she kicked away Afia’s pitchers, and a raging quarrel broke out. That night, the woman’s local boyfriend attacked Afia in her house, kicking her in the belly and hitting her mercilessly with a chair. Afia kept mum about the incident as her assailant threatened to kidnap and rape her in the jungle if she sought ar...



ACP, CDC Issue Guidance on Hep B Screening, Treatment

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:41:27 +0100

The American College of Physicians and CDC released a clinical guideline on hepatitis B virus infection that offers recommendations on vaccination, screening and linking patients to care. (Source: AAFP News)



Uganda:Grains Carry Cancerous Substances, Scientists Warn

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 07:00:19 +0100

[Monitor] Kampala -Makerere University researchers have warned that Ugandans are at risk of contracting liver cancer and hepatitis B after several food crops have been found to contain high levels of fungi-produced toxic chemicals called aflatoxins. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



HCC in Chronic HBV vs Chronic HCV After Virologic Response HCC in Chronic HBV vs Chronic HCV After Virologic Response

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 05:14:45 +0100

Does the achievement of virologic response modify the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma differently in patients with chronic hepatitis B as compared to those with chronic hepatitis C?Journal of Viral Hepatitis (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Elevated Liver Cancer, Death Rates With Chronic HBV Elevated Liver Cancer, Death Rates With Chronic HBV

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:08:23 +0100

Patients with immune-tolerant-phase chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, who are usually not considered for treatment, face an increased risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and death, compared with treated immune-active-phase patients, researchers from Korea report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)



ACP and CDC issue recommendations for hepatitis B screening, vaccination, and care

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(American College of Physicians) Reducing chronic hepatitis B infections by screening at-risk adults, increasing hepatitis B vaccination rates, and linking infected persons to care is a public health priority, the American College of Physicians and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise in a new paper published today in Annals of Internal Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)



Global Routine Vaccination Coverage, 2016

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:36:45 +0100

Global coverage with the third dose of diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and pertussis-containing vaccine, the third dose of polio vaccine, and first dose of measles. Among new or underused vaccines, global coverage increased during 2010-2016 for completed vaccine series against rotavirus (8% to 25%), Streptococcus pneumoniae (11% to 42%), rubella (35% to 47%), Haemophilus influenzae type B (42% to 70%) and hepatitis B vaccine (74% to 84%). containing vaccine coverage has remained unchanged at 84%-86% since 2010. (Source: PHPartners.org)

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Heplisav B (Hepatitis B Vaccine Solution for Intramuscular Injection) - new on RxList

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:00:00 +0100

(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)



Preventing Perinatal Transmission of Hepatitis B Preventing Perinatal Transmission of Hepatitis B

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:36:55 +0100

Dr William Balistreri surveys the latest guidelines and studies aiming to improve maternal and neonatal outcomes.Medscape Gastroenterology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Health Center Strategies to Advance Prevention of Perinatal Transmission of Hepatitis B Webinar

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:06:03 +0100

December 6, 2017 3:00-4:00pm. No registration required. Join on day of session. Call-in: 888-603-9609 Passcode: 8184117 (Source: PHPartners.org)



Dynavax's hepatitis B vaccine gets FDA nod on third try, shares up

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 22:26:43 +0100

(Reuters) - Dynavax Technologies Corp's hepatitis B vaccine won the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval on the third attempt and Chief Executive Eddie Gray told Reuters the company was open to, but not waiting for, a partner to market the drug. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Dynavax Announces FDA Approval of Heplisav-B for Prevention of Hepatitis B in Adults

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 03:11:24 +0100

BERKELEY, CA -- (Marketwired) -- November 9, 2017 -- Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: DVAX) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Heplisav-B [Hepatitis B Vaccine, Recombinant (Adjuvanted)] for... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals)

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Promising new drug for Hep B tested at Texas Biomedical Research Institute

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(Texas Biomedical Research Institute) Research at the Southwest National Primate Research Center (SNPRC) on the campus of Texas Biomedical Research Institute helped advance a new treatment now in human trials for chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Vaccination Coverage Among Children Aged 19-35 Months - United States, 2016

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 14:12:12 +0100

Coverage with most recommended vaccines remained stable and high in 2016; coverage was ≥90% for polio, measles, mumps, and rubella, varicella, and hepatitis B vaccines, and lowest (61%-74%) for hepatitis A, the birth dose of hepatitis B, and rotavirus vaccines, and the combined 7-vaccine series. (Source: PHPartners.org)



National Viral Hepatitis Progress Report

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 17:31:29 +0100

Report highlighting the nation's progress toward reducing the burden of hepatitis A virus (HAV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections. (Source: PHPartners.org)



Ahead of Brazil Summit, UN reports 3 million people now have access to hepatitis C cure

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 05:00:00 +0100

A record 3 million people obtained treatment for hepatitis C over the past two years, and 2.8 million more people embarked on lifelong treatment for hepatitis B in 2016, the United Nations health agency reported Tuesday, the eve of the World Hepatitis Summit in Brazil, highlighting increasing momentum in the global response to the viral disease. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)



Ahead of Brazil Summit, UN reports three million people now have access to hepatitis C cure

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 05:00:00 +0100

A record three million people obtained treatment for hepatitis C over the past two years, and 2.8 million more people embarked on lifelong treatment for hepatitis B in 2016, the United Nations health agency reported Tuesday, the eve of the World Hepatitis Summit in Brazil, highlighting increasing momentum in the global response to the viral disease. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)

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Close to 3 million people access hepatitis C cure

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 02:45:00 +0100

(Source: WHO news)



Mayo Clinic Q and A: Safeguarding the blood supply

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have given blood for 25 years, but just recently, I received a letter saying I could not give blood for six months because of an inconclusive hepatitis B test. What does this mean? Will I be able to give blood in the future? ANSWER: The notification you received means the test [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)



TAF Bests TDF for Hepatitis B Treatment (CME/CE)

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 17:00:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Less BMD decline with newer drug (Source: MedPage Today State Required CME)



Aspirin may reduce risk for liver cancer in hepatitis B patients, study says

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 23:23:07 +0100

Daily aspirin may reduce the risk of liver cancer for people with hepatitis B infection, a new study suggests. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)



Medical News Today: Daily aspirin could ward off liver cancer

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:00:00 +0100

Taking aspirin every day could help to lower the risk of liver cancer for patients infected with hepatitis B, a new study suggests. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

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Can Aspirin Stop Liver Cancer in Hepatitis B Patients?

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:00:24 +0100

FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2017 -- Daily aspirin may reduce the risk of liver cancer for people with hepatitis B infection, a new study suggests. Hepatitis B virus attacks the liver and can cause cirrhosis and liver cancer. Previous research suggests daily... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



Bucks biopharm firm signs licensing deal with California onco-immunology company

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:39:52 +0100

Arbutus BioPharma Corp., a Bucks County company developing treatments to cure hepatitis B infections, has entered into a collaboration and licensing deal with a California biopharmaceutical company developing personalized cancer immunotherapies. Under the terms of this license agreement, Gritstone Oncology of Emeryville, Calif., gets worldwide access to Arbutus’ portfolio of proprietary and clinically validated lipid nanoparticle [LNP] products and associated intellectual property. Gritstone will… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)



Alnylam to partner with Scangos-led biotech on infectious disease drugs

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:15:56 +0100

Vir Biotechnology, a San Francisco-based startup led by former Biogen CEO George Scangos, said Wednesday that it will work with Alnylam Pharmaceuticals to develop infectious disease treatments using the Cambridge company ’s experimental technology. Under the agreement, the companies will collaborate to develop one of Alnylam’s (Nasdaq: ALNY) potential drugs for hepatitis B, plus up to four additional treatments for infectious diseases. Alnylam will be eligible to receive over $1 billion in payments… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)



Alnyalm, Vir partner on RNAi-based hep B treatment

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:56:27 +0100

(Reuters) - Drug developer Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Wednesday it would scrap its hepatitis B (HBV) drug development and instead work with Vir Biotechnology on a new treatment for the disease. (Source: Reuters: Health)

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Alnyalm, Vir partner on RNAi-based drugs for infectious diseases

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:46:48 +0100

(Reuters) - Drug developer Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc entered into an agreement with privately held Vir Biotechnology on Wednesday to develop a new class of RNAi-based treatments for infectious diseases, including chronic hepatitis B. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Another Outbreak Related to the Nation ’s Opioid Crisis: Hepatitis C

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:00:00 +0100

Details the increased rates of Hepatitis C and how they correlate to the opioid epidemic by looking at West Virginia, which has the highest rates of overdose deaths and new hepatitis B and C infections in the country. Because those infected with hepatitis often do not display symptoms immediately, the disease can go untreated for years, leading eventually to end-stage liver disease. This is one among many diseases that are rising in the midst of the opioid epidemic, and although there is a treatment for it, for many it is not affordable. (May require subscription to view full article.) (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)



Progress in Fatty Liver and Pediatric Liver Disease Progress in Fatty Liver and Pediatric Liver Disease

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 20:34:17 +0100

New findings on nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, pediatric liver diseases, hepatitis B, and the microbiome will be among the topics tackled at the upcoming Liver Meeting.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Ethiopia: Sustaining HBV Intervention Success Stories

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 14:41:51 +0100

[Ethiopian Herald] Viral hepatitis result in a potentially life-threatening inflammation of the liver, which is characterized by complications of liver disease. Specifically, hepatitis B (HBV) and C (HCV) viruses alone cause chronic viral hepatitis which is a major global health problem responsible for 57_per cent of liver cirrhosis and 75_per cent of primary liver cancer cases, respectively. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



How Common Is Hereditary Angioedema?

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 00:58:55 +0100

Discussion Angioedema is edema that is non-pitting, self-limited occurring in non-dependent areas usually in an asymmetric distribution usually on the lips, face, hands, feet, genitals and also in the bowel. It usually develops over minutes to hours (often 1-2 hours) with resolution usually within 24-48 hours. Angioedema often occurs with urticaria but 20% of patients may have isolated angioedema. Acute allergic angioedema is often caused by drugs (including antibiotics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), foods, infections, insects, various organic substances (i.e. latex, preservatives, formaldehyde, etc.), and other allergens such as animal danders, dust mites, pollens and molds. Common triggers in children are infections including the viruses Coxsackie A, Epstein-Barr virus, Hepa...

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New hexavalent vaccine including Hepatitis B for primary immunisations

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100

From 1 October 2017, all babies born on or after 1 August 2017 will become eligible for a hexavalent vaccine which includes Hepatitis B (HepB) for their primary immunisations. (Source: NHS Networks)



Launch of National Hepatitis Strategic Framework

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0100

Honourable Minister for National Health Services and Coordination, my sister Saira Afzal Tarar; Regional Director for the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region, my brother Mahmoud Fikri; (Source: WHO Director-General speeches)



$116M deal for Bucks County company working on hepatitis B cure

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 15:07:47 +0100

'This financing meaningfully extends Arbutus ’ operating runway.' (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)



Softbank-backed Roivant to invest in hepatitis-B drug specialist

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 12:45:07 +0100

(Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)



Exclusive: Immunotherapy developer Dynavax explores options for Hepatitis B drug-sources

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 22:47:42 +0100

(Reuters) - Dynavax Technologies Corporation, a biotechnology company focused on drugs that harness the immune system to combat disease, is reviewing strategic options for its hepatitis B vaccine, which could include a potential sale or licensing deal, people familiar with the matter said. (Source: Reuters: Health)

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Kenya: Alarm Over Increased Cases of Hepatitis B in Nyanza

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 08:47:36 +0100

[Nation] Medical officials are raising alarm over the prevalence of Hepatitis B in blood collected from donors in Nyanza region. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



‘ Collision Of 2 Crises ’ : Organ Donations Up Due To Opioid Overdose Deaths

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 21:30:26 +0100

BURLINGTON (CBS) – Doctors at Lahey Hospital told Matt Higgins a new liver was his only option for survival as chronic liver disease ravaged the Seabrook, New Hampshire man’s body. “My energy levels, I was down to nothing. I could barely walk a 100 yards without having to stop. I was jaundiced, completely yellow,” Higgins told WBZ-TV. When the call came that a liver transplant was available from a 24-year-old donor who had died from an opioid overdose, Higgins said, he did not hesitate. He immediately accepted it. “Being as sick as I was, of course I said yes. I’ll take anything that’s going to increase my chances of living,” Higgins said. Matt Higgins. (WBZ-TV) Higgins is the beneficiary of a striking trend in New England: a rise in the number of organ ...



Mexican - Americans Have Increased Risk for Liver Disease

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Less likely to have hepatitis B, C virus, but more likely to be obese, have diabetes, be heavy drinkers (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)