April 1, 2013
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Greetings:

Having  just returned from a training/advocacy trip through Texas (San Antonio & Houston) and Oklahoma (Tahlequah) I wanted  to make sure our readers were updated on the latest postings to www.hcvadvocate.org

Below are the newest postings to the website:,

Peace,


Alan

HCV Advocate Newsletter: April, 2013

In This Issue:

  • Snapshots: CROI Conference 2013
    Lucinda K. Porter, RN—This year CROI had many posters and presentations about hepatitis C including the new studies on the direct-acting antiviral medications being developed to treat and cure HCV.

  • HCV and Tattoos
    Alan Franciscus, Editor-in-Chief—The association between HCV and receiving a tattoo has been a hotly debated topic for years. I wrote up a quick review on the latest study, but remember association does not mean causation.

  • HealthWise: - Hepatitis C: How to Talk to Us
    Lucinda K. Porter, RN—Talking to people with hepatitis C can be difficult because kind words can be received or interpreted differently. Read Lucinda's take on what not to say!


  • New Treatments Ahead for HIV/HCV Coinfection
    Liz Highleyman—More important news from CROI about DAA's being developed to treat people with HIV/HCV coinfection.


  • Alcohol Use and Hepatitis C
    Alan Franciscus, Editor-in-Chief—Read about a new study on moderate alcohol consumption and the effect on the liver. This study has flaws but the take-away message is good: Avoid alcohol.


2. HBV Journal Review by Christine Kukka —In this month's column Chris reviews the following studies. Hepatitis B is a complicated disease to understand and manage. Christine's monthly review provides much needed information to stay up to date and live healthy with hepatitis B:

  • Missing Your Daily Antiviral Pill Can Cause Resurgence in Infection

  • Study Finds Telbivudine Effective in Spurring HBeAg Seroconversion

  • Entecavir and Interferon Combo Treatment Effective, Except in HBV Genotype E

  • Study Shows Five Years of Entecavir Successful with No Drug Resistance

  • Your Genes May Dictate If Interferon Treatment Succeeds

  • 35% of Veterans with Hepatitis C Have Been Exposed to Hepatitis B

  • Middle-Aged Men with New Sexual Partners Account for New HBV Cases

  • Pregnant Women with HBV DNA Exceeding 1 Million May Infect Their Newborns

  • Telbivudine Treatment During the Entire Pregnancy Appears Safe

  • Half of Children Achieve "Inactive" HBV Infection by Age 19

 

3. HCSP Guides: New & Updated!

Be sure to check out our recently redesigned and updated HCSP Guides:

 

4. Clinical Trials Postings: Updated!
Be sure to check out the latest clinical trial postings at http://hcvadvocate.blogspot.ca/. Just click on the links to the Drug Companies at the top and to see which drugs are in trials right now, where the trials are, and how to register for one.

 

5. Updated Schedule for HCV Trainings. Find out what's coming to your neighborhood click here.

Coming in April:

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Don’t forget that there is help as close as a phone call – the 877-HELP-4-HEP line (877-435-7443) is available 9:00am to 7:00pm Eastern Time.  For more information about the services they offer either call or visit their Website at www.help4hep.org  The helpline is run by The Support Partnership:  a group of non-profits working together to help people affected by hepatitis C. 

 

6. Top News (Blog) from the hepatitis blog includes: 

Top News

Congress must restore federal funding for needle exchange
April 1

Screen all psoriasis patients for hepatitis before immunosuppressive therapy
April 1

B.C. plan to wipe out hepatitis will follow HIV model
March 29

Oklahoma Dentist May Have Exposed Thousands To Disease
March 29

Janssen Submits New Drug Application to U.S. FDA for Simeprevir (TMC435) for Combination Treatment of Adult Patients with Genotype 1 Chronic Hepatitis C
March 28

Sofosbuvir combination shows promise in non-cirrhotic, treatment-naive HCV
March 28

A new drug shows promise of hepatitis C cure
March 28

'Sponge' Drug Shows Promise For Treating Hepatitis C
March 27

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month! Free & Low Cost Opportunities from CDC and local NGOs
March 27

Patients with HCV may deliberately skip early treatment doses when feeling well
March 27

Gilead Announces Update on Phase 3 Study of Oral Fixed-Dose Combination of Sofosbuvir and Ledipasvir for Genotype 1 Hepatitis C Patients
March 26

Hepatic Encephalopathy Explored in New Film, Clinical Studies
March 26

Hyperpigmentation common adverse event of interferon-based chronic HCV therapy
March 26

A new hepatitis threat—Hepatitis E
March 25

Temporary Tattoos May Put You at Risk
March 25

 

 

 

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Sincerely,

Alan

Alan Franciscus
Executive Director, Hepatitis C Support Project
Editor-in-Chief, HCV Advocate www.hcvadvocate.org
Editor-in-Chief, HBV Advocate www.hbvadvocate.org

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