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  • China progresses in hepatitis B vaccination, more treatment effort urged

    China has won praises from WHO after reaching its goal to control hepatitis B infection among children through immunization ahead of schedule, but more effort is urged for its adult patients.

    27 July 2015 | Xinhua
  • Drug Resistance Common Among European Patients With Chronic Hepatitis B

    Rates of lamivudine resistance are high among patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB) infection across Europe, with many patients developing cross-resistance to entecavir, according to a new report.

    14 July 2015 | Medscape
  • Hepatitis B and C - An Action Plan for Saving Lives in Europe

    Last year, leading experts, institutions, patient organisations and pharmaceutical industry representatives met and agreed that the major recommendations produced between 2011 and 2014 should be compiled into one comprehensive document, to make it easier for policy makers, decision makers, civil society organisations and healthcare institutions to tackle viral hepatitis effectively.

    20 May 2015 | European Liver Patients Association
  • Starved T cells allow hepatitis B to silently infect liver

    Hepatitis B stimulates processes that deprive the body’s immune cells of key nutrients that they need to function, finds new UCL-led research funded by the Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust. The work helps to explain why the immune system cannot control hepatitis B virus infection once it becomes established in the liver, and offers a target for potential curative treatments down the line.

    14 May 2015 | University College London press release
  • Cancer drug shows promise as cure for hepatitis B

    A potential cure for hepatitis B virus infections has been found with a promising new treatment proving 100 per cent successful in eliminating the infection in preclinical models. Australian patients are now the first in the world to have access to the potential treatment -- a combination of an antiviral drug and an anti-cancer drug -- which is in phase 1/2a clinical trials.

    21 April 2015 | Science Daily
  • Arrowhead initiates phase 2b trial for potential HBV drug

    After receiving a clinical hold from the FDA earlier this year, Arrowhead Research Corporation has now been approved by the FDA to begin a multiple-dose phase 2b clinical study of ARC-520 for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B infection, according to a news release from the drug maker.

    14 April 2015 | Healio Hepatology
  • Oral hepatitis B vaccine could become a reality

    In a new study, researchers report progress toward perfecting a radical new method of producing vaccines using genetically modified corn. The approach could lead to an oral hepatitis B vaccine that requires no refrigeration and costs less than $1 per dose to manufacture.

    01 April 2015 | Medical Xpress
  • WHO issues its first hepatitis B treatment guidelines

    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.

    12 March 2015 | World Health Organization
  • Hepatitis Quest Moves From C to B Under Former Gilead Executives

    Gilead Sciences Inc. raked in $10 billion last year with its Sovaldi pill for hepatitis C. Many of the people responsible for the drug are now competing to repeat that success for a more common liver disease: hepatitis B.

    05 February 2015 | Bloomberg
  • New open-access journal in the rapidly developing field of virus eradication

    The Journal of Virus Eradication is a new open-access online and print journal dedicated to the rapidly developing field of virus eradication. It is particularly interested in publishing original research on HIV, hepatitis viruses, HPV, herpes and flu but work on other viruses is also included. The first issue was successfully launched at the HIV and Hepatitis Five Nations Conference in London on 8 December 2014 and is available now on the Journal website: www.viruseradication.com

    23 December 2014 | Mediscript
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