May 1, 2012
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This month's eblast contains the following important information and news items:


1. May 2012 Newsletter

In This Issue:

HCV-Related Deaths and Cost-Effectiveness of Testing and Treatment by Alan Franciscus, Editor-in-Chief Read about three important studies that examined the cost-effectiveness of testing the baby boomer population, treating them with current HCV medications and the future diease progression of the HCV population.

What You Don't Know, You Can Sell by Tracy Swan, TAG — An editorial by Tracy Swan from Treatment Action Group about the conscious decision by Merck to wait before conducting drug-drug interaction studies with boceprevir that put people at risk.

HCV Snapshots by Lucinda K. Porter, RN—In this month's column, Lucinda discusses the use of PEG/RBV for liver cancer, the liver and the brain and much more.

IN MEMORIAM: Michael Carden

Alan Franciscus, Editor-in-Chief

HealthWise: May is Hepatitis Awareness Month by Lucinda K. Porter, RN—In this month's HealthWise column, Lucinda writes about awareness and the first ever national HCV testing day.

Boceprevir and Telaprevir Improve Cure Rates for HIV/HCV Coinfected People by Liz Highleyman—Liz writes about some of the information presented at this year's EASL conference, in particular about the treatment of HCV with boceprevir and telaprevir in people who are coinfected with HIV and HCV.


2. Blog: EASL 2012 —Read about the important news about studies on HCV treatment that were presented at EASL.


3. May 2012 HBV Journal Review by Christine M. Kukka—Stay updated on the latest HBV information.  Below is just a small sample of the articles summarized in this month’s review:  

  • Hepatitis B plus a Family History of Liver Cancer Increases Cancer Risk 70-Fold

  • Researchers Suggest Tears and Saliva May Transmit HBV Infection

  • REVEAL Study Shows Links between HBV DNA and Liver/Pancreatic Cancers

  • Telbivudine Cuts Mother-to-Infant Hepatitis B Transmission to Zero

and more....................


4.  Hepatitis B Foundation 2012 B Informed Parent Conference: May 19, 2012—Philadelphia, PA. Don't miss out on this very important event. Keynote speakers include Christine M. Kukka. Read more: 


5. Hepatitis C Training Workshops Schedule. Don't miss out on one of these important workshops! To find out if one will be coming near to where you live, Click here!


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

 and much, much more…..




Yours Truly,




Alan Franciscus
Executive Director, Hepatitis C Support Project
Editor-in-Chief, HCV Advocate
Editor-in-Chief, HBV Advocate


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