Week Ending October 18, 2021

Combined Hepatitis C Test May Help People Get Treatment Sooner
“A blood test using just a drop of blood that people can do themselves can help determine if they have been exposed to hepatitis C as well as how much virus is present in their bodies.”

Efficacy of Long-Acting Cabotegravir Plus Rilpivirine in Patients With HIV Coinfected With Asymptomatic Hepatitis C
“Treatment with long-acting (LA) cabotegravir plus rilpivirine was found to be effective and well tolerated among a small cohort of participants with HIV coinfected with asymptomatic hepatitis c virus (HCV), according to research presented at IDWeek, held virtually from September 29 to October 3, 2021.”

Coffee Consumption Linked to Lower Liver Fibrosis
“Drinking more than three cups of coffee per day was linked to a reduction in liver stiffness (an indicator of liver fibrosis) but not liver fat accumulation, according to results published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. What’s more, these findings applied to both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee.”

What Is Liver Cancer?
“The second largest organ after the skin, the liver is about the size of a football and hides behind the ribs. The liver performs up to 500 functions. It’s a cleaning factory for filtering and storing many of the nutrients that the body needs like sugar for energy and bile (digestive fluid) to help digest fat derived from food. The liver also identifies and breaks down toxins like alcohol and drugs, and passes them from the body through urine or stool.”