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Hepatitis C News
Week Ending July 15, 2019

Liver ‘epidemic’ caused by obesity
In West Virginia, where 35.2% of adults are obese, but lost behind the more commonly mentioned cardiovascular conditions is the deadly strain obesity places on a person’s liver. Widespread liver disease, sparked by obesity, has silently ballooned into its own epidemic over the past 25 years.

Pharmacist-driven HCV treatment model yields high SVR rates
Through the usage of collaborative practice agreements, clinical pharmacists are effective to drive and deliver hepatitis C treatment.”

Expert Interviews: Closing Gaps in HCV Care
Despite the availability and high efficacy of direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) for hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment, numerous gaps in care remain because of a range of factors. Many individuals with HCV are asymptomatic and unaware that they are infected.

You don’t have to be an alcoholic to have fatty liver disease, in fact, 1 in 4 Americans have it and don’t know
Fatty liver disease has few symptoms but is a serious condition where too much fat builds up within the liver. “This is extremely common,” said Hepatologist Dr. Blaire Burman, “One in four Americans has fatty liver disease,” and it goes undiagnosed for the vast majority.

Hep C spike prompts investigation into Kensington doctor
A Kensington doctor’s office has closed after its namesake doctor found herself at the center of an alleged spike in hepatitis C cases — and officials are urging her patients to get checked.

Fearing hepatitis A outbreak among homeless people, King County expands vaccinations
Fears of an outbreak of a highly contagious disease have prompted King County to expand free hepatitis A vaccinations for people experiencing homelessness.

Screening, early detection driving decline in Delaware cancer deaths
Liver cancer, however, remains an area of concern for Delaware health officials. Mortality rates for that type of the disease are not declining, according to the report.

Scaling-Up Prevention and Treatment Interventions for Achieving HCV Elimination
A modest scale-up of hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment, along with medication-assisted treatment and syringe service programs where needed, can reverse the expanding HCV burden in the United States and reach elimination goals within 10 to 15 years.

When to Use Direct-Acting Antivirals in Hepatocellular Carcinoma
During the last several decades, the incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has risen sharply in the United States and globally, driven partly by an increase in hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections