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UNITAID publishes comprehensive review of detection and monitoring technologies for hepatitis C

Diagnosis and screening currently too complex and expensive, but new options emerging.

Published
20 January 2015
From
UNITAID press release
NICE plans to support device for diagnosing liver damage without surgery

NICE is consulting on draft guidance on a device that aims to diagnose and monitor liver damage, without the need for surgery. The provisional recommendations support using the device, Virtual Touch Quantification (VTq), in adults and children with chronic hepatitis B or C who need assessment of liver fibrosis.

Published
15 January 2015
From
NICE
Doctors Question Wider Hepatitis C Screening Despite Cures

Doctors should resist the urge to screen a wider group of patients for hepatitis C, a group of physicians said today in the British Medical Journal, despite the introduction of new drugs that can cure the liver disease. Expanded screening would flag the disease in people who are unlikely to die from it, leading to unnecessary treatment that may itself be harmful, said the group, including Kenneth Lin, an associate professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Published
14 January 2015
From
Bloomberg
Many hepatitis C patients with cirrhosis or advanced fibrosis face liver failure and liver cancer

Nearly one-third of chronic hepatitis C patients with liver cirrhosis and 12% with advanced fibrosis progressed to decompensation within five years, and 23% and 11%, respectively, died, according

Published
18 December 2014
By
Liz Highleyman
Hepatitis C ruled out as cause of mental impairment in HIV patients

“Hepatitis C infection has serious long-term side effects, such as damage to the liver, but our research indicates that it does not affect the brain,” said lead author David Clifford, MD, of Washington University.

Published
15 December 2014
From
Washington University press release
Scaling up screening for viral hepatitis in Europe

A new toolkit on screening for chronic viral hepatitis seeks to raise awareness, improve knowledge and motivate public health professionals in Europe to take action. Knowledge and understanding of what works in screening for chronic hepatitis B/C has now been translated into practical and relevant tools, including videos and animations, to enable others to replicate successful screening programmes among at risk populations in their area.

Published
15 December 2014
From
Medical Xpress
Practical steps to eliminating hepatitis C: a consensus for London

The aim of this document is to reinforce the need for urgent leadership from the Department of Health, PHE and NHS England and concerted action from Local Authorities, Health and Wellbeing Boards, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and service providers to improve hepatitis C testing and treatment services in London for people with a history of using drugs – the group most affected by chronic hepatitis C – in order to find and treat significantly more people affected by the disease.

Published
17 November 2014
From
London Joint Working Group on Substance Use and Hepatitis C
Half of people with hepatitis C unaware

Dr Vivian Hope of Public Health England said: "With around half of those people living with hepatitis C still unaware of their infection, we need to do more to increase diagnosis rates. Ultimately, this will help reduce the current high level of infection we’re still seeing among people who inject drugs."

Published
05 November 2014
From
Public Health England press release
HCV core-antigen testing is a reliable way of detecting acute HCV infections in HIV-positive gay men

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) core-antigen testing is a highly reliable way of diagnosing acute HCV infections in people living with HIV, investigators from the United Kingdom report

Published
13 October 2014
By
Michael Carter
HCV antibody testing may miss recent infections in gay men living with HIV

Nucleic acid testing should be used to diagnose acute hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections in gay men living with HIV, Dutch research published in the online edition

Published
23 September 2014
By
Michael Carter
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