Week Ending June 13, 2022

Causes of Liver Cancer are Changing Around the World: Some Up, Some Down
“The primary causes of liver cancer are well known: viral (hepatitis B and C), alcohol and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a condition in which fat builds up in the liver, resulting in chronic inflammation and damage.”

Racial Inequalities in Liver Cancer Deaths Linked to Hepatitis C Treatment
“Hepatitis C does not affect all groups equally. Black and Latinx people in the United States are not only more likely to get this viral liver disease but more likely to die from hepatitis C complications than White people.”

How peer workers can break down roadblocks to hepatitis C care
“People who inject drugs face significant barriers to accessing healthcare, despite having higher levels of need than the general population. Peer workers can help break down some of the stigma and discrimination barriers in the health system and assist this marginalised population group receive the care they need.”

What Is Liver Cancer? Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention
“Liver cancer starts in the cells of the liver — a vital internal organ that performs many important functions, including storing nutrients that the body uses for energy, removing harmful chemicals and other substances from the blood, and making bile to help the body digest fat from food.”

What Does a Hepatitis C Reactive Test Result Mean?
“Hepatitis C is a viral infection causing liver inflammation that affects millions of people every year. The infection can be acute or chronic. Fatigue, loss of appetite, and difficulty concentrating are among its most common symptoms.”

Hepatitis C and IV Drug Use: Risks, Treatment, and Prevention
“Hepatitis C is a contagious, bloodborne virus that causes liver inflammation. If not treated quickly, a hepatitis C infection can cause permanent liver damage and lead to life threatening complications. In the United States, injecting drugs is the most common way people contract the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Rates of hepatitis C are rising in the United States alongside the use of injectable drugs, such as heroin.”

WHO moves to end hepatitis by 2030
“The World Health Organisation says it is committed to eradicating hepatitis by the year 2030 while emphasising the need for an accelerated approach geared towards primary healthcare and universal health coverage.”

Patients without HCV can take transplants from donors with HCV without risking graft survival
“Transplanting kidneys from donors who have the hepatitis C virus into patients who are HCV-negative is not associated with increased risk for early graft failure, according to a presentation at the American Transplant Congress.”

How Hepatitis C Can Cause Anemia
“This article will review the reasons for anemia in those with hepatitis C, its symptoms, how it is monitored, and ways to reduce the risk.”