November 1, 2012
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This month we have several new and important items for you at the HCV and HBV Websites:


1. November 2012 HCV Advocate

In This Issue:

  • Abbott All Oral Results: Up to 99%
    Alan Franciscus, Editor-in-Chief
    —as we speed along to an interferon-free regime, Abbott's Phase 2b study of an all oral HCV therapy is setting a high bar for other interferon-free regimes, but it is also providing exciting and hopeful news for patients.

  • HCV Snapshots
    Lucinda K. Porter, RN
    —in this month's "Snapshots" Lucinda reviews various studies, such as the effect of treatment in reducing the consequences of HCV infection, excess body weight and liver cancer, all cause deaths in people with HIV compared to the general population, and HCV treatment and bipolar disease.

  • HealthWise: - Faith and the Liver
    Lucinda K. Porter, RN

    —Lucinda discusses giving problems over to a higher power and how it helped her.

  • Type 2 Diabetes and Insulin Resistance in People with HCV – Part 2: Managing Diabetes
    Liz Highleyman

    —the final installment of the latest on HCV and diabetes and steps to manage this condition that is very prevalent in the HCV population.

  • Dsability & Benefits: Medicare Enrollment – Hidden Traps
    Jacques Chambers, CLU

    — this month, Jacques discusses the what, why, and when on medicare enrollment.

2. HBV Journal Review by Christine Kukka –In this month's column Chris reviews the following studies:

  • Hepatitis B Accompanied Humans Out of Africa 33,600 Years Ago—(absolutely fascinating!)

  • Surprise Discovery: Diabetes Drug Prevents Liver Cancer

  • Statins Also Appear to Prevent Liver Cancer

  • Researchers Uncover New Ways to Prevent Viral Replication

  • HBV Genotype D Associated with “Spontaneous” Viral Mutations

  • Antivirals Safe in Patients with Severe Cirrhosis

  • Elevated ALTs and Body Mass Index Increases Diabetes Risk

  • Mutations in Surface Antigen Increase Liver Cancer Risk in Older Patients

  • Many with HIV Also Infected with “Occult” Hepatitis B

  • Patients with Genotype A, and Past Interferon Treatment, More Likely to Clear HBsAg During Antiviral Treatment

  • Electronic Reminders Spur Physicians to Test Asian-Americans for HBV

3. HCV Drug Pipelinehas been updated to include the most recent news items. 


4. Factsheets and Guidescheck out the various fact sheets and guides that have been updated to include the latest information. 




5. Training ScheduleDon’t forget to keep checking our Upcoming Training Workshop Schedules to see if we will be in your neighborhood soon!



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  The helpline is run by The Support Partnership:  a group of non-profits working together to help people affected by hepatitis C. 


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

 and much, much more…..




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

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